Margaret Gilchrist Mickelson


Oct. 19, 1925 – April 24, 2019

Margaret Gilchrist Mickelson, 93, of

Lander, previously of Big Piney, passed away

at Westward Heights Care Center in Lander

on April 24. She passed peacefully with her

family by her side.

Margaret was born on Oct. 19, 1925, to

Al and Catherine (Mantle) Gilchrist of Kemmerer.

She graduated from Kemmerer High

School in 1943. Margaret married Gordon

Mickelson on July 26, 1944. After Gordon returned

from military service in Germany they

both attended classes at the University of Wyoming.

Margaret was a die-hard Cowboy fan

and loved to attend the games in Laramie. The

couple made their home on the Mickelson

Ranch in Big Piney for 73 years. There they

raised their seven children and Margaret was

an active participant in the family business.

She served in many community organizations

throughout her life. She attended the Community

Congregational Church and served on the

Board of Trustees for 28 years. She was a 65-

year member of the Order of Eastern Star and

served as Grand Guardian of Jobs Daughters

for the State of Wyoming in 1973. Margaret

was a life member of Green River Valley Cattlewomen

and was Ranchwoman of the Year

in 1978. In 1964, Margaret was crowned Mrs.

Wyoming and attended the national competition

in St. Petersburg, Florida. She served

on the Sublette County Mental Health Board

and was a lifetime member of the American

Legion Auxiliary, Dee Fox Post.

Margaret’s hands were never idle. She was

an excellent seamstress and her family was

blessed with numerous counted cross-stitch

pictures. She always looked forward to her

monthly Bridge Club and spending time with

her friends.

Margaret was preceded in death by her

parents, a sister Jacketta, a brother Al, Jr.,

her husband Gordon, two sons Jim and Eric,

a daughter Margaret and a great-grandson

Gabriel. She is survived by daughter Corliss

(Jay) Carlson of Mesquite, Nev., and Big

Piney, sons Gordon II and T. Mark (Diane)

of Big Piney and daughter Mildred (Tom)

Abernathy of Lander, 23 grandchildren, 44

great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild

as well as numerous nieces and nephews

and countless friends.

Graveside services for Margaret will be

conducted at 11 a.m. on May 3, at the Plainview

Cemetery in Big Piney officiated by Big

Piney Chapter No. 42, Order of Eastern Star

followed by a light luncheon at the Southwest

Sublette County Pioneer Center in Marbleton,

111 Rakestraw Ave. In lieu of flowers Margaret

asked that donations be sent to the Shriner’s

Hospital for Children, 1275 E. Fairfax

Road, Salt Lake City, Utah 84013. Sign online

guestbook: www.HudsonsFuneralHome.

com.

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