Margaret Butikofer passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 24, 2021 at EIRMC in Idaho Falls. This was devastating news that our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother would be going home. Margaret was a cherished soul with a big heart and quick wit, never failing to provide hilarious and eye raising banter to those who had the enjoyment of hearing. She had an unwavering humor and brutal comebacks that would keep the greatest of comedians in check. She used her humor in any and every situation with her wild intelligence; it was a dangerous combo. She was hilarious, Her Scottish brogue indeed added to this comedy.
Margaret always stood up for the underdog and those who were treated unfairly. She was loyal, generous and cared deeply and unwaveringly to those she loved. She was beyond an amazing women.
Margeret was born on June 25, 1952 in Greenock, Scotland to James and Margaret (Miller) Orr. She was a medic in Her Majesty's Royal British Army before coming to America. It was not without struggle or hardship, however Margaret was strong enough to overcome any disappointments that came her way. She worked as a Nurses Aide for many years. She raised two difficult yet doting daughters, Nicola and Kate. As a single mom she went to nursing school, receiving her certification as a LPN and graduating atop of her class. Her skills were quickly noted and she was given the opportunity to start an Alzheimer's Unit in a skilled nursing facility and worked there caring for her "extended loved ones" for her entire career until she finally decided to try her hand at retirement.
Margaret was a world traveler, traveling was her favorite hobby. She had a keen sense of style, always dressing well and was also a phenomenal interior decorator. She enjoyed sitting on her back porch in the morning having a "cuppa" with visiting family.
She had six grandchildren; Heather, Lindsey, Conner, Cole, Paisley and Garret, and three great grandchildren; Adilynn, Aydnn and Kynlee, all whom she deeply loved. Margaret always missed Scotland and her loved ones there, visiting as often as she could. She greatly enjoyed seeing her sister and "the girls", Margaret, Frances Anne and Joanne. They were always a bright light in her life. Even though she worked amazingly hard and built a beautiful life for her family in America, she always missed Scotland and her loved ones there. For her American family we are not quite sure how we will manage without her, but take great solace that she is now with many family members that she missed so greatly and held so dear.
There was no one like Mom, there never will be again. We love and will miss her beyond compare. Thank you for your unselfish sacrifices and your deep unwavering love. You will be so dearly missed. Fly high Mom.
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