Margaret Alice Deegan

January 4, 1927 — November 18, 2018
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Margaret Alice (Viets) Deegan passed away Nov. 18 at Pioneer Medical Center with her daughter Kathy by her side. Margaret was born January 4, 1927 to Christine and Johann Viets in Bozeman, Montana. She lived in the Gibson area and attended elementary school at Knob Hill schoolhouse and graduated from Sweet Grass County High School in 1945.

She married Alva Deegan on September 26, 1947 and they had two daughters, Kathy and Kristy.

During her lifetime she raced horses (bareback), herded sheep, worked at Van Cleve Dude Ranch, Cole Drug Store, cooked at the hospital, worked in the laundry and as a nurses’ assistant at the rest home. She was probably best known as a very talented seamstress and it seemed there was no project she couldn’t tackle. She continued to take in alterations until three years ago. At one time she was high woman in her district in Montana for small bore rifle competition. She was a member of the Big Timber Lutheran Church.

She especially loved gardening, sewing, crafts and games. Each Saturday night she looked forward to playing pinochle with Holly and Glenn Berg, Norene Brown, Gudren Kelly and Louise Bainter. She was known for passing out homemade caramel popcorn balls at Halloween. She enjoyed hosting her annual 4th of July picnic for family and friends.

She had a special friend in Joyce Stephens, whom she went to lunch with each week and who was always available to help. Her nieces Connie Lindner, Holly Berg and Sherry Tucker were always there to run errands, visit and take her to appointments. She loved her family and especially looked forward to her Sunday evening phone calls from her granddaughter Megan.

She is survived by her two daughters: Kathy (Scott) McDonald of Helena and Kristy (Chuck) Schmeichel of Jamestown, North Dakota; her grandchildren Shannon (Olivier) Alwyn of Mountain View, California; Megan McDonald of Helena; Amie Schmeichel of Los Angeles, California; and Kayla Schmeichel of Jamestown, North Dakota; and her great grandson Carter Alwyn. She is also survived by two sisters Betty Monroe and Leona Flattum, both of Billings, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Al in 1985, her parents, her brother Johnny Viets and her sister Kathleen Lindner.

Her family would like to especially thank Sarah Walton, FNP, Ace Walker, MD, Michelle Lizotte, MD and Ed Gonzalez, MD and the entire staff at Pioneer Medical Center for their wonderful care these past few weeks.

Cremation has taken place and memorial services are pending for later this spring 2019 so we can all come together to celebrate her life.