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Margie Lane

April 26, 1924 ~ December 12, 2017 (age 93)

Margie M. Lane, 93, of Guymon, Oklahoma passed away December 12, 2017, at Dunaway Manor in Guymon.

Margie Mae (Lawson) Lane was born to Dwight L. and Bessie (Havens) Lawson on April 26, 1924, in a dugout on her family’s Willowbar community homestead in Cimarron County.  Both of her parents came from pioneer families who settled in the Oklahoma panhandle in 1906.

Margie graduated from Keyes High School in 1941 as valedictorian of her class and graduated as salutatorian from Panhandle A & M College in 1951 with a BS in Business and a minor in home economics and science. While at Panhandle A & M College, Margie was a member of the Zeta Gamma Club, was selected as the Aggie Queen 1942-43 and played on the girls’ basketball team. Margie married Joe M. Lane, Sr. on February 29, 1944, while Joe was on a five day leave from the Marine Corp., just prior to Joe shipping out for duty during WWII.  Margie and Joe were married 67 years, until Joe’s death in 2011. Margie and Joe were the proud parents of sons, Joe Jr., born in 1945, and Terry, born in 1947. 

Margie briefly taught school in Eads, Colorado and in Guymon, Oklahoma, where she eventually became the Treasurer of the Guymon Public School District, a position that she held until her retirement in 1986, after 31 years.  Margie was a Life Member of the Panhandle State Alumni Association and was inducted into the Panhandle State University Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001.  Margie was also an active member of the Victory Memorial United Methodist Church. 

Margie was a big supporter of the Panhandle State University Alumni Association and later in life, she and Joe established a scholarship for OPSU girls’ basketball in their name. Margie was an avid reader and loved crossword puzzles.  She was a member of the Oklahoma Historical Society and enjoyed genealogy. Margie had spent many hours researching both her and Joe’s family history. Margie was the middle sister of the Lawson sisters, Alice (Lawson) Humphrey and Lucille (Lawson) Burdge Cavis, and the three sisters remained close throughout her life. The Lawson sisters were a force of nature whether they were together or apart.  Margie was a strong woman of faith and always led by example in her community. She was a wonderful homemaker, great neighbor and friend, and an active volunteer in her church. Margie was an incredible cook and often shared her delicious pies and other goodies made from the bounty of Joe’s garden.

Margie was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Joe, her dear sister, Lucille, nephew, Dale Humphrey, and granddaughter, Pamela Maxell.  She is survived by her much treasured sister, Alice Humphrey of Cordell; sons, Joe Lane, Jr. and wife, Carol Lane, of Amarillo, Texas, Terry Lane and wife, Shay, of Pinos Altos, New Mexico; grandchildren, Scott Lane and wife, Beth; Kimberly Lane; Tyrell Lane and wife, Amanda; Cole Lane and wife, Christy; Todd Cummins and wife, Nan; great grandchildren, Shannon Lane; Tanna Maxwell; Ryan Cummins; Jacquie Cummins and Teagan Lane.  “Aunt Margie” also leaves behind her nieces, Kathy Smith, Judy Baze, Karel Payne and Jocille Kamphaus, who were each very special to her, and their respective families. 

Funeral service is Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at the Henson Novak Chapel in Guymon, Oklahoma.  Interment at Elmhurst Cemetery in Guymon will follow the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Margie’s name to the OPSU Foundation and/or the Joe and Margie Lane Scholarship for Girls’ Basketball at OPSU, c/o Henson-Novak Funeral Directors, P.O. Box 1306, Guymon, OK 73942.

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