Carr, Margaret Lana (Cremeens) (January 28, 1910 - February 8, 2002)

Margaret Lana Carr

Douglas Budget - February 13, 2002

Memorial services for Margaret Lana Carr, 92, will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 16, at the Glendo Community Church with Rev. Gordon Swedberg officiating.

She died Feb. 8 at Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland from cancer. Until several months prior to her death she had lived alone, doing her own housework and cooking.

She was born Jan. 28, 1910, to Henderson "Tony" and Blanche (Frederickson) Cremeens on their homestead near Mona in northeastern Wyoming.

After attending school at Buffalo Basin School near Mona, she was sent to Indiana where she completed her first years of high school. She returned to Wyoming to finish school, graduating in Sundance in 1928.

On Oct. 13, 1928, she married Wick W. Carr in Rapid City, S.D.

After passing the state exam she received her Normal Teaching Certificate and taught country schools around Mona until twin daughters were born in 1935.

By attending college summer classes and taking correspondence classes, she was able to resume teaching in 1947. She continued to teach until 1972 when she retired. In order for her children to attend high school, she taught grade school for three years at Rozet, three years at Glendo and nine years at Basin before returning to Hulett to teach six years.

in 1959 Mrs. Carr received her bachelor of science in education degree from Spearfish State College. During her career, her husband continued to ranch at Mona. Her teaching supported the ranch, as was the case of many in those times.

She worked as the Mona post-mistress for five years until the post office closed in 1942. At this time she and her husband leased their ranch and moved to Washington with their four children. The adults held wartime jobs.

In 1970 Mr. Carr suffered a severe stroke which necessitated that Mrs. Carr become the caretaker. After retiring she and her husband bought a motor home and traveled the states for several years. In 1976 they moved from the Mona ranch to Belle Fourche, S.D., and in 1986 they moved to Glendo to be near their daughters.

During the years, Mrs. Carr was active in all school activities, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She was a member of Pythian Sisters, Delta Kappa Gamma, Hulett Rebekah Lodge, Crook County Teachers Association, Glendo Benefit Club and Palette Pals.

She was creative and had many artistic talents, particularly oil and watercolor painting.. When she was in her 80s she wrote two books about her life, "As I remember," detailing her life up to 18 years old, and "Buffalo Basin," which covered the years 1928 to more recent times. She was one of those pioneer women who would always make do and make something out of nothing.

Mrs. Carr is survived by her daughter Ruth Ann Collins of Glendo; sons Frank and wife Reta of Lewistown, Mont., Lee Carr of Aladdin and Phylis of Powell; brother Robert Cremeens of Indiana; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Ernest in 1958; husband Wick on March 2, 1990; twin daughters Mary Ann Smathers on July 13, 2000; and granddaughter Cathy Collins in 1964.

Memorials to Platte County Library at Wheatland would be appreciated by the family.


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