She was born on Aug. 6, 1927, in Casper, to Kenneth and Margaret McLennan. She graduated from Natrona County High School in 1945 and married Ken “Duck” Nelson on March 1, 1958.
Margaret began her professional career at Ohio Oil Company in Casper. After moving to Cody, she and her husband owned and managed KenMar Flowers and the Hertz dealership at the Cody airport.
She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, receiving its Woman of the Year Award. Margaret was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and the Daughters of the Nile. She supported community organizations, including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center’s Patrons Balls. Proud of her Scottish heritage, Margaret helped to organize the Cody Robert Burns Dinners. She enjoyed the Bible study groups to which she belonged.
Her many interests included traveling, entertaining and socializing with friends. The Class of ’49 Saturday morning breakfasts at the Sunset House were always on her calendar. Her artistic talent revealed itself in her floral arrangements and beautiful ceramics.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and brothers Fin (Phyl) McLennan, Jack (Sue) McLennan, and Les McLennan.
She is survived by her niece Margaret (Mike) Schilling of Cheyenne; sister-in-law Dale McLennan of Albuquerque, New Mexico; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and her beloved friends.
Memorial gifts may be given to First Presbyterian Church, West Park Hospital Nursing Home Activities Fund, or Cody organization of your choice.
A celebration of life service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 2025 23rd Street in Cody, at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, followed by a reception in the church parlor.