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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, IL, where she graduated in 1953. Margaret taught school in Metamora, IL, Tularosa, NM, and Albuquerque, NM.
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 an US 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, KS. She served 18 months in Korea. After attending the Advance Adjutant General School, she was assigned to the 5th Army Headquarters in Waukegan, IL. She was honorably discharged in 1969. After focusing on her career and her life, she married her high school sweetheart, Richard Charles Wiquist, on September 8, 1968 in Waukegan, IL at the 5th Army Chapel. Margaret and Richard lived in Detroit, MI, and then raised their children in Lathrup Village, MI. 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, NE, a son, Rich Wiquist, Royal Oak, MI, 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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