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Margaret Jean (Best) McCardey

January 10, 1928 ~ July 16, 2017 (age 89)

Margaret Jean (Best) McCardey, 89, of Livingston, Montana passed away on Sunday, July 16th, 2017. A family burial service will be held at the Sunset Memorial Park in Butte-Silver Bow at a later date.

Margaret was born January 10, 1928 in the family home in the Deer Lodge Valley to Hedley and Melita Best. She attended the Quinlan country school for 8 years and went on to attend the Powell County High School in Deer Lodge.

She met and married the man in her life, Jay McCardey, who worked for the railroad and they were married in Deer Lodge. Jay had 2 daughters, Carol and Betty. Margaret became the mom to the girls and moved to Livingston where she remained until her passing. She would return to the Deer Lodge valley for the occasional visit to the family home or to babysit her brother’s step-children. We never quite knew who was watching who. She moved into Frontier Assisted Living when she could no longer live on her own in August of 2004.                          

She attended church at a Lutheran church which she enjoyed when she was able and liked going to the Senior Citizen Center. Margaret enjoyed going on trips in the Frontier van. The staff at Frontier were like family to her and took very good care of her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother Charles (Junior) Best, and her two daughters Betty Cobb, and Carol Hardesty.

She is survived by brother, William "John"  (Linda)  Best, Deer Lodge, son-in-law, Frank Hardesty Sr., Livingston who always looked out for her and made sure she was taken care, for which we are eternally grateful, also 2 grandchildren, 4 great- grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Livingston Senior Citizen Center, Diabetes Association or the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory.

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