Margaret Marie Gilreath, 90, died at Mullen Home, Little Sisters of the Poor in Denver, CO on Sunday, September 4, 2022. Funeral service were Saturday, September 17 at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Lake Andes with burial following in Lakeview Cemetery in Lake Andes. Margaret was born on her grandparents farm just outside of Wagner on July 23, 1932. Margaret went to heaven peacefully on September 4, 2022 at Mullen Home, Little Sisters of the Poor following a stroke placing her into hospice.
Margaret was the second of nine children. Growing up she completed eighth grade and then stayed home to help her mother and with the younger children. She was very artistic and loved to draw people, saints, and anything else.
Margaret met the love of her life, Donald at a wedding dance in Wagner and they were married June 29, 1953. They moved to Sioux City, IA and then later to Pierre, SD. Around 1959 and 1960, they moved the family to Westminster, CO. They had six kids. After all the kids were in school, Margaret started working as a school bus driver's aide for the cerebral palsy kids in Westminster. Later she transitioned to driving the school buses. She retired from driving in 1989 after 20 years.
Margaret enjoyed her retirement and taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 2009, Margaret moved to Wheatridge, CO in a senior apartment. Then in 2015 she moved to Mullen Home, Little Sisters of the Poor in Denver.
Margaret is survived by her children, Theresa Belville of Pittsfield, NH, Daniel Gilreath of Basing, WY, Marcella (Robert) York of Denver, CO, Peter Gilreath of Huntsville, AL, Henrietta (Jerome) Gilreath-Miller of Thornton, CO, and Michael Gilreath of Neosho, MO, siblings, Carol Blaha of Wagner, Sandra (Chuck) Eitemiller of Armour, John Uecker of Wagner, Elaine (Alvin) Albert of Rapid City, Dennis (Fern) Uecker of Round Rock, TX, sisters-in-law, Sylvia Uecker and sister-inlaw Beryle Uecker of Wagner and Mary Smith of Pharr, TX, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Gilreath, parent, Marie and Bryan Uecker, brothers, Kenneth (Shizuko) Uecker, Richard Uecker, and Francis Uecker, grandsons, Christopher and Brandon Gilreath, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.