Margaret Mary Larimer

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

MARGARET MARY LARIMER, a resident of Green Forest, was born Jan. 17, 1918, in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of Clarence Edward and Marie Collette (Tyler) Oswald. She died on Sunday, May 21, 2006, in her home at the age of 88.

Although her first loves were her home and children, she assisted her husband, Ted, in publishing the Green Forest Tribune, working as bookkeeper, proof reader, ad salesperson, or doing any chore required of her.

Her church ran her home a close second as a place of responsibility and service. For more than 50 years, she taught a ladies Sunday school class, was church clerk, church training director, sang in the choir and was a working member of the Women's Mission group.

A member of the Arkansas Press Women, she served as president of that group from 1962 to 1964. She held this office at the same time her husband, Ted, was president of the Arkansas Press Association. No couple has since held these offices simultaneously.

Locally, her activities included the P.T.A., where she served as president. She also served as chairman of the Carroll County Christmas Seals for more than 50 years. She was a member of the Arkansas Lung Association; served as a member of the Green Forest Library Board since 1949; was active in the C.R.M.C.A., where she served in various capacities, including chaplain and installing officer. She was also a member of the Green Thumb Garden Club and the Green Forest First Baptist Church.

On Oct. 25, 1942, she was united in marriage with her husband of 63 years, Ted Larimer, who survives her of the home. She is also survived by two sons, Theodore Edward and his wife Gail Larimer of Eureka Springs; and Thomas Raymond and his wife Pamela Larimer of Maumelle; one sister, Mary Veronica Sponsel of Springfield, Ore.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Peggy Larimer, and one brother, Harry J. Oswald.