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Margaret Farwell Kidd "Babe," age 106, died on Sept. 6, 2017 in Traverse City. She was born Oct. 18, 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of five children.
After marrying Wesley E. Kidd she moved to Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in 1933, where she resided until 1970. Subsequently, they moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. After her husband died in 1993 she continued to live in Florida until 2006, when she moved up North to live nearer to her children.
Margaret is survived by a son, Wesley E. Kidd II (Alice, died in 2014); a son, Lawrence A. Kidd (Prudence, died in 2016), of Traverse City; a daughter, Arlene Haynes (Frank), of Kenilworth, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Julie Cook (Mark), of Prairie Village, Kansas, Marilee Gerdes (Mike), of Brownsburg, Indiana, Wesley E. Kidd III (Amy), of Charlottesville, Virginia, Jenny Isenberg (Gerald), of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Betsy Kidd, of Traverse City, Margaret Beeler (Corey), of Traverse City, Elizabeth Klein (Mike), of Rochester, Minnesota, and Jonathan Haynes, of Winnetka, Illinois; and 13 great-grandchildren, Ian, Johanna, Sarah, Ruby, Tanner, Ryan, Jordan, Cameron, Zack, Ashley, Alexis, Lucas and Lauren.
The Farwell family in Chicago lost their father early so all of the five kids had to adopt a trade in high school to combine their salaries during the depression. At 15 she was the full time secretary for the Sears catalog. The Farwell kids were Cy, Flay, Slim, Doll (she really was one) and Babe (Margaret). During World War II husband, Wes, was at sea from 1943 to 1946. She raised three kids on $50-plus a month.
She was a favorite of those residents and staff at Bay Ridge assisted living and Willow Cottage (Grand Traverse Pavilions). Only today and tomorrow were of importance to Margaret. "Keep it moving" was her motto. The staff at Bay Ride and Willow and Munson were terrific. Dr. Tom Nussdorfer was always by her side. Margaret's family thanks you all.
A memorial service for Margaret will be held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at 3 p.m., with a visitation from 2 to 3 p.m. The Rev. Kathy Snedeker will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be directed to the American Red Cross, 735 S. Garfield Ave., #B100, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Please share a memory with Margaret's family by visiting her tribute page found at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on September 13, 2017
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