Virginia Margaret Weaver (Margaret) was born September 9, 1930 in the town of Imogene, Iowa to Flossie (Addy) Butcher and Barney Roosevelt (Colonel) Butcher. She attended Farragut High School, and Tarkio College in Missouri, before marrying Paul Weaver in 1951. Paul left to serve in the Army shortly after their wedding, and Margaret remained in Imogene until his return. As a young woman, Margaret worked in the family store in Imogene (the Addy General Store), sang with the 100 Voices Choir in Omaha, Nebraska (being at the time, the youngest mezzo-soprano to fill that position with the choir), and worked for the telephone company. Margaret loved horses and was a devoted fan of Louis L'Amour, dreaming that one day she would find her way to the Wild West. That dream came true when Paul returned from service, and moved his small family to Craig, Colorado, accepting a telegrapher position with the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. Over the years, Paul became an agent for the railroad, and Margaret and Paul moved from station to station on the D&RGW line, living in Craig, Chama, New Mexico, Durango, Leadville, and eventually Alamosa, Colorado. Margaret was a member of the Alamosa Presbyterian Church and belonged to Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a philanthropic sorority (ESA). Each location brought new adventures – Margaret often volunteered for community projects, worked for a time as a clerk for the railroad, and once cooked and served enough beans and cornbread in subzero weather to feed a couple hundred people attending burro races between Leadville and Fairplay (long before the races held now became popular). She cooked and provided support for rescue crews after the Twin Lakes avalanche in 1962, and was instrumental in arranging for an excursion train that for a time ran once a year from Alamosa to the top of Cumbres Pass sponsored by ESA (which some locals may remember from that time) . In 1964, Paul and Margaret bought a farm on the 12 Mile Road between Alamosa and La Jara, and joined the Waverly Community there. Margaret spent a lot of time teaching and judging knitting for many valley 4-H youth. The remainder of her life, she enjoyed farming, her many friends, and indulging her love of animals and becoming a dedicated rescuer of strays.
Margaret was preceded in death by her son, Major Paul J. Weaver. She is survived by her husband, Paul Weaver; daughters, Karen Roberts (Gary Roberts) and Jennifer Lavery (Charles Lavery); grandchildren, Kyra Sharp, Cliff Roberts, Greg Roberts, Brittany Sours, and Christopher Lavery; and great-grandchildren, Alexea Smith, Serenity Sharp, Aiden Sours, Abigail Sours, Ben Wright, and Olivia Roberts.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday February 29, 2016 at the Alamosa Presbyterian Church. A visitation will be held prior to the service at the church from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. Interment will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Imogene Cemetery in Imogene, Iowa.