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Margaret Doris Cordray
joined Jesus and our loved ones already with God on December 27, 2010.  Margaret was born on January 16, 1919, the third daughter of Elmer and Bessie McIntyre of Grosse Point Woods, Michigan.  She attended Pingree Park, Cass Tec and graduated from Eastern High School. 

 

Margaret married Crosley Boyd Steinbrecher on June 3, 1939 in Detroit.  They had two children, Crosley Jr., who died in infancy, and Carolyn, who presently lives in Port Huron.  Crosley died in the service of his country in September of 1944.  Following WWII, Margaret married Royal Jennings Cordray, June 28, 1946, also of Detroit.

 

Margaret worked nearly all of her life.  As a teen ager she offered childcare for the OíBrianís three sons who lived just five blocks from her home.  Elmer felt it was too far from home for his daughter to walk safely so would pick her up in his Model T each night.  She also did live-in childcare for the Millerís children until they all began school.  During the war she worked as a switchboard operator.  After her marriage to Royal she contented herself with being a stay at home Mom and being actively involved with the PTA.  They moved to Algonac in 1952.  Shortly after the move she took on the position of manager to the newly opened Babcock Dairy in Algonac.  Margaret took time off in 1961 to prepare for Carolynís High School graduation. She then returned to the workforce at the Sears Catalogue store in Algonac.  Royal became ill and Margaret devoted herself to his care, in the home and at the nursing home, while still working. Royal passed on January 1, 1983.  When Sears closed its doors she became employed for the Council on Aging and was instrumental in establishing the Cherry Beach Senior Center.  She retired after 25 years with the Council at age 85! 

 

Over the years Margaret was active in the VFW Auxiliary Post 3901, AlgoHistorical Society, Music Study Club, Algonac Housing Commission, Girl Scout leader, and a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church for over 50 years.  She loved to sing.  As a teenager she dreamed of singing like her teacher, family friend and idol Corrine Ferguson of the DSO but her talent more aptly graced the church choir as an alto.  She loved to sew and knit sweaters and afghans, bringing her family physical warmth to add to her love for Royal, Carolyn and all her family.  She also decorated many a cake from first birthdays to special wedding cakes.  Margaret was a gentle, self-giving and kind spirit who will be missed by all.

 

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Virginia, husbands Crosley and Royal, and her son Crosley Jr.  She continues to watch over her older sister Lucille, her daughter Rev. Carolyn Cordray-Floyd, her three grandchildren: Tiffany (Jim) Stickley of Vicksburg, MI, Tamara (Raymond) Wurst of Bowling Green, KY, and Trevor (Maria) Floyd of Fort Gratiot, MI and her seven great-grandchildren (Eric, Joshua, Cory, Kyle, Emily, Ashley and Crosley Eugene) and two great-great-grandsons (Leroy and Dakota).

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Algonac with Rev. Denny Irish officiating. Visitation  will be 6-9 PM Tuesday. Burial is at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Algonac. 

 

 

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