Grand lady remembered

Monday, December 16, 2013

As we all mosey through life striving to bob and weave and hopefully postpone our inevitable passing, we encounter some really special people along the way whose impact takes us down a better path for the good of all.

Margaret Dorr

One of those people, a grand lady Margaret Dorr of Marcus, took her incredible caring, perception and accomplishments to her final resting place last week.

Margaret is survived by one daughter, Ann Dorr, and seven sons, Tom (Ann), Fred (Linda), Jon (Gail), Karl (Amy), Paul (Debra), Philip and Kurt (Lisa) Dorr, along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Besides the influence on her accomplished family cultivated by Margaret and her late husband Melvin, Margaret influenced and educated countless others through her guidance, work ethic, examples laid down, and the thought-provoking words she produced for the Chronicle Times in her column "Gray Matter."

Margaret Dorr was as talented as she was principled as a writer and human being, sharing with our readers her folksy remembrances throughout her childhood and adult life, and a fierce love and dedication to all things Marcus and her incomparable generation.

She was one of the few writers this editor need not re-check the facts simply because if Margaret said it, that's the way it was. With the skills to be anything she wanted to be, Margaret chose to be an English teacher and an Iowa farmer's wife.

At times, Margaret would confront this editor wondering why something had been changed in her original copy. As we hashed it out, sometimes she would agree and sometimes she wouldn't. However, at the end of the conversation, she'd always smile or laugh and say, "We don't always have to agree with each other, but we need to respect each other."

It is telling that there are those among us in this nosey, news- gathering world who have never heard a negative word about this grand lady Margaret Dorr, who put herself out there through kind words, deeds, and compassion for all to see.

We're better off for knowing her.

We're better off for serving as the vehicle for her reflections.

And we're better off for taking her teachings and passing them on to benefit our future generations.