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Margaret Shuck

The Long Valley Advocate of Cascade, Idaho

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BOISE — Margaret Deloris Clay Gordon Shuck, 96, Emmett, died April 5 in a Boise hospital.

Services were conducted April 8 at the Meadows Valley Cemetery at New Meadows.

Margaret was the first born of Henry and Katie (Levengood) Clay on July 15, 1914, in the family home of Henry's mother, built in 1900 on the Clay Ranch, The house burned in 1936 but the family stayed on the ranch.

Margaret attended grade school in a two-story red brick schoolhouse in Old Meadows, then attended Beaumont High School in New Meadows until her last year.

In 1934, she graduated with a class of ninety-two students in Clarkston, Wash. Margaret worked at Sylvan Beach, McCall, Burgdorf and Warren, Idaho.

She met her first husband, Floyd Wesley Gordon, in McCall and again in Warren, where he drove the stage mail route to Warren from McCall. They were

married May 22, 1938. Floyd's work took them to Downieville, Calif; Elk City, Idaho; Centerville, Idaho and then to Cascade where they bought a home. Margaret and Floyd had a son, Daniel Lee Gordon was born Feb. 10, 1942. Floyd was killed in an accident on Aug. 3, 1957. Margaret remained in Cascade to work and for Daniel to finish high school.

She lost her son Dan in an automobile accident on Apr. 13, 1970.

On March 14, 1966, Margaret married Frank Shuck. They moved to Platinum, Alaska, where they worked for nine months of the year and spent three months in Cascade. After nine years of work they retired to their Cascade home.

Frank became ill and it was more than Margaret could handle alone, so they moved to Moses Lake, Wash., to be closer to his family. His final years were spent in a Moses Lake nursing home. Margaret returned to their home in Cascade when there was nothing more she could do for Frank.

Frank passed away Aug. 18, 1995 and is buried in Elk City.

In 1993 L.D.S. missionaries started visiting her at home. After a time of serious thought and study, Margaret made her decision to join their church. Margaret's friend, Elder Jeff Mooneyham, returned to South Carolina to complete the Temple work with Margaret and her family members of the L.D.S. Church.

Margaret will be buried near her first husband, her son Daniel; parents; brothers Edward and Albert, Tom; and her nephew, Edward Isaac. A brother Frank is buried in Riggins.

Margaret leaves behind her beloved great grandchildren: Ashley, Ryan and Joshus Byers; their father Dean Gordon Byers; her brothers Larry, Dick; and many nieces, nephews cousins and friends.

We will miss Margaret for she is one of a kind with a cheerful attitude towards life and living. Tears may be shed but smiles and chuckles will last longer.

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Original Publication Date: April 13, 2011

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