Some of the most impactful examples of good are provided by understated leaders. Such is the 76-year legacy of Margo Wood Kirkpatrick.
Her quiet service has left an immeasurable mark on all who had the privilege of calling her friend, neighbor, co-worker, sister, mom, grandma, and sweetheart. Her natural ability to make everyone feel important, heard, and loved is a hallmark that has molded numerous lives and set an unsurpassed example of Christlike charity.
She served valiantly in her family and many church callings, including years of service at the Mount Timpanogos Temple-all despite the physical challenges she faced from the debilitating effects of the diabetes that invaded her body in her early adulthood. She worked for many years as a food services worker at Alpine School District. She was a talented seamstress and baker. In all her roles, she gracefully put aside her own discomfort to serve others. She always had a smile and words of encouragement to share.
Margo found her greatest joy in spending time with her grandkids. She was so proud of them and deeply interested in their challenges and accomplishments. They knew they were loved both collectively and individually by Grandma.
Margo was born the third of six children to Merrill and Odessa Wood in Salt Lake City, Utah. She met her sweetheart, Bill Kirkpatrick, while working at Jacob Lake, Arizona. They sealed their eternal love in 1966 in the Salt Lake Temple. They moved to Alpine, Utah in 1970 and have enjoyed their life together there ever since.
This tight-knit family of five-Bill, Margo, Lisa, Jason, and Polly-spent Margo's final day of her mortal journey together in their home as memories and tears of gratitude were shared. In this tender setting of a family's love, Margo peacefully entered the next chapter of her eternal life. It was a beautiful final testimony she was able to share of her deep and abiding faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His role as her Savior.
Margo bids a temporary farewell to her family-her five siblings: Jody Tennant, Jim Wood, Lynne Marie Wanberg, Merilyn Wolf, and Helen Newton; her three children: Lisa (Bryan) Pope, Jason Kirkpatrick, and Polly (Andy) Spencer; 18 beautiful grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. The family thanks the many doctors and nurses who served their wife, mother, and friend through her years of diabetes-induced medical challenges, which were the ultimate cause of her passing on the evening of August 18, 2022.
"Goodnight, Sweetheart, 'til we meet tomorrow."