Margaret May “Maggie May” Bigler Whatcott, 85, of Orem, Utah, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, January 27, 2018. She was born the youngest of three children on August 12, 1932, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Mark Davis Bigler and Nila Vernessa Hunter Bigler. She married Don Keith Whatcott in the Salt Lake Temple in 1952, but they later divorced.
In high school, Margaret developed her talents for plays, musicals, dancing, poetry, and music. She loved to sing, memorizing all the words to popular songs and hymns. After high school, she attended BYU for two years. For several years, she provided entertainment at the Orem Senior Friendship Center. Many people were recipients of her beautiful handiwork of embroidery, for which she won numerous awards at the Utah County Fair and Utah State Fair. She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of her most cherished experiences was serving as a senior missionary for the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Margaret was blessed with choice, close friends throughout her life, yet her relationships that were most dear to her centered around family—her mother, brother, sister, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her four children, 22 grandchildren, and 44 great-grandchildren brought her much love, joy, and happiness.
Margaret is survived by her four children: Dawn (Craig) Ratcliffe of West Jordan, Diane (Mark) Daley of Orem, Brian (Dianne) Whatcott of Ogden, and Roland (Leslie) Whatcott of St. George; 22 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and a brother Mark Bigler of Ogden. She was preceded in death by her mother, her sister Iris Bench, and a great-granddaughter Kaylie Skousen.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Cherry Hill 7th Ward Chapel located at 135 East 2000 South, Orem, Utah. A viewing for friends and family will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary located at 495 South State Street, Orem, and on Saturday one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the Lake Ridge Senior Living Center for their loving care of Mom where she resided this past year and to all who have shown their love and support of her in so many ways.
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