Margaret M. Esmay


Margaret Esmay

Margaret Esmay

Margaret M. Esmay, 80, of Leola, died Thursday, December 26, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in Ipswich.

A Prayer Service will be 1:30 pm Monday at Gramm Funeral Home in Ipswich with visitation starting one hour prior to the service.

A funeral service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday at Community Bible Church in Murdo, SD with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Murdo Cemetery.

Margaret was born May 7, 1933 in Presho, SD to Loyd and Lorane (Lamb) Cross. She was one of 12 children born in the Cross family. She was raised and attended school in the Presho area.

She went to work for Ellis and Doris Beckwith. During this time she met Eldon L. Esmay of Murdo. They were married on October 20, 1957. They had made their home in Murdo and later moved to a farm near Presho. They eventually moved to Vivian and then back to Murdo before settling on a farm near Leola, SD 23 years ago. Together they raised their five children.

Margaret enjoyed doing puzzles, sewing, watching birds and most recently learning to use a computer. She also loved to watch Pastor Harold Salem and listen to Hank Bowker. She loved every minute spent on the phone talking with her children and grandchildren. Her family and friends will fondly remember her baking and especially her famous apple crisp.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Eldon of Leola; two daughters, Danielle Esmay of Leola and Eveline Corliss of Sioux Falls, SD; three sons, James (Tammy) Esmay of Sioux Falls, Kerry (Shannon) Esmay of Cottonwood, MN and Eldon (Shelli) Esmay, Jr. of Tea, SD; three sisters, Doris (Jack) Venekamp of Spearfish, SD, Ardis Williams of Omaha, NE and Alys Ann (Noble) Brakke of Presho; sixteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, five brothers, three sisters, one son-in-law, one nephew and one grandson preceded her in death.

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