Margaret Mary Gruber was born to Fred J. and Clara (Schmidlkofer) Gruber on October 24, 1922, northwest of Lindsay on Wolf Ridge. She graduated from Lindsay High School in 1942.
Margaret spent most of her career in Washington, DC, employed by the CIA. She was stationed overseas at the US Embassy in Frankfurt, Germany in the 1950's. She was stationed in Vietnam in the early 1970's, but her time there ended abruptly due to the fall of Saigon. She retired in 1977 and returned to Texas. She enjoyed playing golf at Lake Kiowa. Margaret moved to a retirement community in Laguna Hills, California in 1998 to be near a life-long friend and co-worker from her days in DC. In 2005 she returned to Texas. She had fairly good physical health until the past couple years, however over time her memory faded. She died on March 27, 2017.
Margaret is survived by niece and goddaughter, Alice M. Gruber, niece, Annette (and husband Joe) Schmitz, and sister-in-law, Marian Gruber, all of Lindsay. She was preceded in death by her parents, and four brothers, "Bill" Francis William Gruber, Robert S. Gruber, Randolph Gruber, and James Harold Gruber. She will be cremated. No services are planned at this time.
Margaret came home from DC most every summer, and it was always a treat for her nieces to spend time with her and Bill on the farm. That meant overnight stays on Fridays, when Margaret made fried salmon patties and fried potatoes in a cast-iron skillet and dessert was milk with smashed fresh blackberries that they had all picked earlier in the day. Her nieces have fond memories of walks down to the creek to catch minnows in a jar and sitting after dark on the back porch step watching the fireflies.
Published on March 29, 2017