Margaret Howard McGuinn Teckenbrock, 90

Margaret Howard McGuinn Teckenbrock died peacefully January 13th, 2018 at the age of 90, surrounded by her family.  Margaret is survived by her seven children, Steven McGuinn (Debbie), Michael McGuinn (Judy), Connie Marvel (Kim), David McGuinn (Kathy), Linda Conley (Mike), Debra McGuinn, and Carol Gustin (Jim), 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her five siblings Mildred Sipe (John), Lyman Howard (Jerry), Martha Christensen (Ernst), twins Ray Howard (Audra) and Roy Howard (Gladys), and her husbands Max McGuinn and Howard Teckenbrock.

Margaret was a lifelong citizen of the San Luis Valley.  She was born and raised in Monte Vista where her father was a respected attorney.  The strength of character she absorbed from the Howard family saw her through several challenging periods in her life.  After high school, she married her first love, Max McGuinn.  In the midst of their partnership of raising six young children, Max’s life was cut short by cancer.  Margaret’s resilience carried her through that difficult time. The following year, with six children between ages 2 and 11, she married Howard Teckenbrock and moved to Alamosa. Following the birth of her seventh child, Margaret provided a stable and loving home, with high expectations of respect and responsibility from her offspring.  She worked full-time, parented her active and spirited children, and volunteered outside her home.  After Howard’s passing, Margaret continued an active life in the Alamosa community.

Margaret’s core values were love of her family, respect for God and country, and service to others.  She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary where she served in several leadership positions, including President of the Colorado State Chapter.  A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she proudly displayed the American flag outside her home and was an annual participant in the Fourth of July parade.  She was a dependable volunteer at the Alamosa Senior Center where she received the Volunteer of the Year award.

While Margaret could assert her will when necessary, she also had a tender and playful side. She enjoyed an evening of table games and was a worthy competitor. She delighted in family camping trips and backyard barbeques. Her homemade desserts and hand-made crocheted gifts were highly valued by family and friends.  Even into her senior years, she was willing to try new adventures, including snorkeling and limbo.

Despite challenges and unexpected losses, Margaret was true to her values.  Above all, she valued family.  She never wavered in her love and commitment to see her children and grandchildren succeed and be responsible members of the community.

She is resting in the arms of her precious Lord and will be dearly missed by those she left behind.  A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for September 8th at the Rogers Family Mortuary.

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