Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover. The Rev. Mike Lawyer will officiate. Burial will be at Andover Cemetery with military services conducted by the Cambridge American Legion Post No. 417. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Cambridge American Legion or the Augustana Lutheran Church.
Margaret Clifford was born June 25, 1930, in Davenport, the daughter of Woodbridge K. and Ella M. Record Clifford. She was educated in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1948. She attended Shimer College and then transferred to MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., where she graduated in 1953. Margaret taught school in Metamora, Ill., Tularosa, N.M., and Albuquerque, N.M.
After teaching a total of four years, she next went to Officer Candidate School for the Women's Army Corp. Margaret served as a WAC officer and then as a U.S. Army officer (1957-1969). She spent two years in Germany. Between 1962 and 1965, Captain Clifford served as commanding officer of WAC Detachment in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She served 18 months in Korea. After attending the Advance Adjutant General School, she was assigned to the 5th Army Headquarters in Waukegan, Ill. She was honorably discharged 1969.
After focusing on her career and her life, she married her high school sweetheart, Richard Charles Wiquist, on Sept. 8, 1968, in Waukegan, at the 5th Army Chapel. Margaret and Richard lived in Detroit, Mich., and then raised their children in Lathrup Village. They had two children, Rebecca Carol and Richard Jr. She was an advocate for her children and was very active in their education and a huge supporter of their sports and extracurricular activities. Margaret was a member of the DAR and loved bowling, calligraphy, golf and gadgets.
Those surviving are her husband, Richard; a daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Kurt Mantonya, Lincoln, Neb.; a son, Rich Wiquist, Royal Oak; and two grandchildren, Margaret Elizabeth and Cody Thomas. Her parents; two sisters, Bettie Terry and Marge Ormsby; and a brother, Jack Clifford, preceded her in death.
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