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Margaret Edith Adams - Arlington: June 22, 1914 - Jan. 19, 2013

Modified: Friday, Jan 25th, 2013

Margaret Edith Adams, 98, died Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in Arlington.

Funeral services are at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the United Methodist Church, 202 S. Fourth St. Arlington.

Margaret was born in Arlington in 1914 to John Norman and Jessie (Bridges) Glendenning. Her father and his two brothers owned and operated Glendenning Brothers dry goods and grocery stores in Arlington, and farmed several sections of land in the Arlington area. Her family was also involved in the founding of the First Methodist Church in Arlington (now the United Methodist Church). Her brother, John Kenneth Glendenning, and his wife continued to operate the stores until they retired in the 1970s.

Margaret graduated from high school in Arlington, attended college for one year at South Dakota State College and for two years at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

While at SDSC Margaret met Burr Elward Adams of Phillip and they were married in 1936 in Arlington. Burr had graduated from SDSC in Civil Engineering, was commissioned in the US Army and spent a career of more than 30 years as a civil engineer and US Army officer.

During the early years of their married life they moved frequently around the country as Burr, working for the US Geological Survey, went from one survey site to another until he was called up for military service in Europe during World War II. During that period Margaret and her first two boys moved back to Arlington to be with her family. Following the war, they moved to Hot Springs where their youngest son was born and Burr worked on the Angostura Dam project until he was called up again for service in Korea.

Life in the military found Margaret and Burr continuing to live in many locations around the world and in the US including Japan, Panama, Texas, New Mexico, Alabama, Washington and Hawaii. Those duty stations would range from as little as a year to as long as three years.

Following Burr’s retirement from the Army in 1971 they finally built their retirement home in Albuquerque, N.M., and spent nearly 30 happy years traveling around the United States and the world. After Burr’s death in 1998, Margaret continued living in Albuquerque enjoying time with her many friends until she moved back to Arlington in 2006 to be closer to family. After about 2 years in an Arlington apartment, Margaret then moved to Stoneybrook Suites Assisted Living in Brookings until 2011 when she moved to the Golden Living Center in Arlington.

Margaret will be remembered as an excellent cook, hostess and homemaker, who had a beautiful singing voice and a love of music.

Burr and Margaret have three sons, John Robert, David Randolph and Paul Richard. John and his wife Ellen have five children and live part time in Bear Lake, MI and part time in Arlington. David and his wife Jeanie live in Lexington, KY and Paul has one daughter and he lives in Atlanta, GA. All three of her sons attended South Dakota State University and received their degrees there.

In addition to her three children Margaret is survived by six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, three second cousins, three nephews and two sisters-in-law.

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