Margaret (Margy) Barkell was born November 10, 1932, in Ironrod, Montana to her parents Leland and Myrtle Graham.
In 1950, Margaret married Richard (Dick) Lyle Barkell. They were married for 62 years when he passed in 2012.
Margaret was a stay-at-home mom, which is the hardest job of all!
Margaret’s favorites hobbies and activities included raising 6 children and being a part of every grandchild and great grandchild’s life. Margaret also enjoyed gardening, reading, fishing, hiking, spending time at their summer home at Rock Creek, plus being the best cook and baker EVER!
After raising all their children, Margaret and Richard loved to travel. They did cruises to many places – the Panama Canal, Alaska, the Caribbean, just to name a few. They also loved their fishing trips with many of their special friends to the West Coast, Alaska, and several places across Montana – lots of great fishing stories were shared after those adventures.
They also enjoyed their summers at Rock Creek. Their grandchildren remember so many special “stays” out there with their Grandparents – they are still surprised she survived them. She certainly had to be “one tough lady” to survive those trips!! But all these cousins will always have a special bond together because of her special love and care to each one of them.
Margaret passed away peacefully on November 13, 2022, in her home in Anaconda, Montana due to heart failure. She is preceded in death by her parents Leland and Myrtle Graham; her husband Dick; Brothers and Sisters-In-Law Bud (Vi) Graham, Dave (Marion) Graham, Richard (Sandy) Graham, Danny Graham; Sisters and Brothers-In-Law Jean (Norman) Gleason, Betty (Frank) VanWort, Nancy (Chuck) Patrick and several very special Brothers and Sisters-In-Law from Dick’s family.
Margaret is survived by her brother Bob (Penny) Graham; sons Rick - Philipsburg, Montana, Keith (Cheryl) - Philipsburg, Montana, Tim (Jodee) Barkell - Anaconda, Montana; daughters Vicki (Dave) Johnson - Anaconda, Montana, Sharon Mungas (Kyle) - Philipsburg, Montana, Karen (Ray) Bennett - Anaconda, Montana, and daughter-in-law Deena (Bustos) Barkell - Bremerton, Washington; grandchildren Dave Johnson - Billings, Montana, Rick (Noel) Johnson - Butte Montana, Rico (Jamie) Barkell - Philipsburg, Montana, Randi Jo Barkell - Bremerton, Washington, Gina (Kale) Joyce - Billings, Montana, Craig (Colt) Mungas - Missoula, Montana, Joe (Shannon) Mungas - Philipsburg, Montana, Shauna Bennett - Butte, Montana, Lisa (Joe) Gentri - Missoula, Montana, Ashley (Justin) Irvine - Spokane, Washington, Jamie (Ben) Wagner - Billings, Montana, Jessica (Keith) Antonoli - Philipsburg, Montana, Brandie Barkell - Butte, Montana, Clint (Rachel) Barkell - Anaconda, Montana, Samantha (Cliff) Galle - Anaconda, Montana. Margaret is also survived by 33 great grandchildren, 6 great- great- grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Margaret are suggested to Shriners, 911 W 5th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204, Saint Jude’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Pintler Hospice of Anaconda, 118 E 7th St, Anaconda, MT 59711.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home, 107 Oak St., Anaconda, MT.
Please visit longfellowfinneganriddle.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Margaret.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Margaret and her family.