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Margaret Ann Tidwell, a resident of Durant, OK passed from this life into the arms of her Lord and Savior on April 18 at the age of 80. She was born in Weinert on Nov. 22, 1938, to Howard and Ruby Yandell. Margaret married Gerald Tidwell in Munday on Aug. 18, 1957, and they were happily married for 57 years.
Left to cherish her sweet memories are son Todd Tidwell of Durant, OK, daughter Michelle Smith of Pasadena, CA, brother Don Yandell of Wichita Falls, and sister Pat Yandell of Stamford.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, daughter Cindy Tidwell and brothers Howard Yandell, Boyd Yandell and James Yandell.
Margaret was an all-state basketball player and cheerleader at Munday High School. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in math from Hardin Simmons University. After college, she started her teaching career as a math teacher in Rotan.
Gerald accepted his first job as a pastor at the age of 18, and Margaret began God’s great purpose for her life as the ultimate preacher’s wife. Margaret was unassuming and inclusive of everyone who walked through the church doors each Sunday. She enjoyed serving the Lord in a variety of ways including teaching Sunday School and other youth programs.
Gerald and Margaret moved to Durant in the early 1980s. She was always sewing for her children and helping them with school projects. She was a talented artist, great cook, enjoyed traveling, decorating for holidays, and playing a competitive game of dominoes. Margaret was a devoted mother and a wonderful friend to many. After her children were grown, she put her math skills back to work by becoming the bookkeeper for Texoma Broadcasting and Texoma Cable Advertising.
Margaret was the proud grandmother to Kaleigh, Carson and Sydney, and great grandmother to Kali and Casey. They were the true joys of her life and she loved to spoil them with games, books and tea parties. Margaret had fun watching basketball and football on TV. We will continue to cheer with her when the Golden State Warriors or Texas Longhorns are playing. She will be greatly missed by many who loved her for her kindness and her commitment to family and Jesus Christ.