Margaret Applegate, 97, of Jackson, Minnesota entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Jackson with Pastor Robert Moorlach officiating. Burial will take place following the service at Riverside Cemetery in Jackson.
Margaret Belle (Bute) Applegate was born on February 8, 1923 to Thomas and Eunice Bute on the family farm in Wisconsin Township, north of Jackson, Minnesota. She went to country school near their family farm and graduated from Jackson High School in 1941. Margaret was married to Henry Applegate on July 30, 1942. They were married for 62 years until Henry passed away in 2005. She then lived with her daughter, Mary in Jackson until her death. For the last 3 months, Margaret was cared for by her niece, Ilene Ruskell, while Mary worked during the day. She died at the age of 97, on June 25, 2020 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from heart failure.
Margaret worked at the egg plant in Estherville, Iowa and Morrell’s in Sioux Falls, South Dakota during WWII, while Henry was away at war. When he returned home, she was a homemaker and raised her 4 children, Susan, Danny, Richard, and Mary. They farmed for many years in Petersburg, Minnesota. They moved to town in 1963. Margaret worked briefly as a newspaper reporter for the Jackson Pilot, then worked at Naturals in Jackson until it closed in the early 80’s. Margaret loved to cook for her family. She was a fabulous cook and was famous for her wonderful roast beef dinners. Henry always said, “no one can make potato salad and apple pie like your mom.” She knitted, crocheted, sewed, and gardened. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles well into her 90’s, enjoyed reading and watching television, especially old Gunsmoke and Bonanza episodes, and loved Murder She Wrote. Margaret loved to travel. Henry and Margaret went on many wonderful adventures together, including Alaska and Hawaii. She has been to nearly all 50 states. Margaret loved her family and would do anything she could for them. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Margaret is survived by her children, Susan (Tom) Anderson of Park City, Utah; son Dan (Vida) Applegate of Heber City, Utah; son Richard (Genny) Applegate of College Place, Washington; and daughter Mary from Jackson; 8 grandchildren Lorie (Ben) Miner, Jared (Twyla) Anderson, Jeff (Sarah) Anderson, Danny (Cassy) Applegate Jr., Doyl (Angela) Applegate, Nancy (Dave) Barcenas, Kim (Dennis) Anderson, and Jeremy (Karen) Garcia; 21 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Margaret is preceded in death by her husband Henry, parents Tom and Eunice, grandsons Brian and Randy Anderson, siblings Myrtle (Henry) Anderson, Harold (Lavina) Bute, Dorothy (Bill) Gemmill and Dale (Marian) Bute.
Blessed be the memory of Margaret Belle Applegate.