Margaret F. Langhofer, 80, of Russell, Kansas, died on Tuesday August 3, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Denver, Colorado, from cancer, surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born on December 3, 1940 in Glasgow, Scotland to William and Margaret Rea, the second of four children. Margaret came to the United States “because I wanted something different,” on July 12, 1960. She worked as an au pair and in manufacturing before meeting her husband Larry L. Langhofer, of Bunker Hill, KS, through mutual friends while Larry was serving in the Army at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. They were married within the year and made their home in Russell, KS. They had two children. A son, Mike “Lefty” Langhofer; and a daughter, Jody M. McGuirk (Bebermeyer).
Margaret worked at Russell High School, A & W Restaurant, and Yost’s at different points in her life, and was a farmer’s wife. As a farmer’s wife she helped with the farm as often as needed and was known for her delicious harvest dinners. She was also very active in Girl Scouts and was a Troup Leader for many years. She loved the Girl Scout organization and it brought her a lot of joy. She was especially fond of taking her troops on camping trips. In her spare time Margaret enjoyed reading and watching mysteries; crafts including sewing and knitting; and most importantly spending time with her granddaughter Rinley. Many in the community remember Margaret for her smile, sense of humor, and willingness to lend a hand.
Surviving family include her daughter Jody M. McGuirk and husband Ryan H. McGuirk of Denver, Colorado; granddaughter Rinley A. McGuirk of Denver, Colorado; one sister and brother, as well as many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews in the United Kingdom.
Her husband, her son, her parents, and one brother, preceded her in death. There will be an outdoor memorial service Saturday August 14, 2021 at 9 a.m. at Cecil Bricker Park located at 805 N. Main Street, Russell, KS to celebrate her life. There will be light refreshments served afterwards. Margaret wished to be cremated and her ashes taken to Scotland to be scattered. A memorial fund is set up in her honor and proceeds will go to Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.