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Celebrating Margie Ann “Maggi” Butterfield-Brown

maggi-dance til you drop croppedMaggi passed on to her celestial reward at the home of her friend Susanne Jensen in San Francisco, California at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb 8, after battling a lingering illness.

Margie Ann (Maggi) was born Oct 23, 1934 in Beach, Golden Valley County, North Dakota, to Ward Joseph Butterfield (born in Sparta, Monroe County, Wisconsin) and May Belle Brown Butterfield (born in Golden Valley County, North Dakota).

Her mother passed away shortly after her birth and she was adopted by her maternal grandparents, Herman Walter Brown (born in Winona, Winona County, Minnesota) and Emmaline Melinda Stecker Brown (born in Henning, Otter Tail County, Minnesota). During her upbringing, many winters were spent in Tacoma and Bellingham, Washington, and Maggi built a close bond with her cousins Warren, DeLayne and Jeanette.

After attending school in Beach, she married at a young age and moved to Colorado and then on to San Francisco. The young couple split up after a short time and Maggi remained in California for the rest of her life, mostly in the San Francisco area.

Maggi was an Enrolled Agent and had her own accounting firm in San Francisco for many years and retired some years ago, settling in Oakhurst, California.

She married her soul mate Jerry Johnson Baldwin January 2, 1991 in Buckingham, Virginia. They made their home in the Mariposa area.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2000, her parents, grandparents, sister Zona Belle Butterfield Blake (Jim) of Alamogordo, New Mexico, cousins DeLayne McDanold of Tacoma and Warren McDanold (Doris) of Mt Vernon, Washington.

MaggiMaggi loved people and she loved to dance! If you had ever been hugged by Maggi, you were at immediate peace and calm. She will be mourned by many friends from around the world, whose lives were touched by her wonderful soul.

She is survived by her cousins Jeanette McDanold Mefferd (Charles) of Puyallup, Washington, Marlyn Stecker Wicka of Beach, North Dakota and Henderson, Nevada, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, who were all touched by her spirit.

Maggi’s Celebration of Life will take place Sunday, Mar. 13, at the Positive Living Center located at 40045 Indian Springs Road in Oakhurst. A pot luck will begin at noon followed by the Celebration at 1 p.m. and then dancing to one of Maggi’s favorite bands, “Good Medicine.”

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