Margaret M. Bevington, 97

Margaret Mintzlaff Bevington, died May 13, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the age of 97. Her legal name was Margaretha until 1981, when it was changed to Margaret to facilitate the computer age.

Margaretha was too long.

She was born Nov. 21, 1914. She was the daughter of Alfred H. and Selma Bruss Mintzlaff of Grafton.

She spent many of her early years at her grandparentsí home on the Milwaukee River.

Margaret (Marge) attended Milwaukee State Teachersí College and taught for several years in a one-room school house in St. Augustine.

Her love of travel began in earnest when, in 1938, she toured Europe by bicycle for three months. It was an amazing time for a young American to be traveling in pre-war Europe.

Following her marriage to Kenneth A. Bevington on June 29, 1940, in Grafton, she moved to Evanston, Ill. For the next 30 years, she raised three children, was the co-owner of Bevco Precision Mfg. Co., proprietor of Mar-Pat Advertising Co. and volunteered at many organizations, including Infant Welfare of Chicago and The Chicago Maternity Center/Hull House.

In 1974, they chose a retired lifestyle in Stuart, Fla. Golf, bridge, travel and volunteering were the activities they enjoyed the most.

She was a Life Master for Contract Bridge and enjoyed teaching the game to others.

Her husband, Kenneth, died in 1981. In 1982, she began to spend her summers in Fish Creek. In 1991, at the age of 77, she completed her first watercolor painting. She was able to continue her painting for another 20 years. She lived in Denver for several years. In 1996, she moved to Westminster Village in Scottsdale, Ariz., as a full-time resident.

Mrs. Bevington is survived by her daughter, Patricia B. Tormey of Silverthorne, Colo.; and two sons, Richard C. Bevington of Sedona, Ariz., and John R. Bevington of Pewaukee; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth A. Bevington; a sister, Ethel Bourque (William Bourque); a brother, Carl F. Mintzlaff; cousins, Ralph and Frederick Zaun, Gertrude Shrank and many other cousins.

Donations may be made to: Saint Paulís Lutheran Church, Grafton or Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church, Scottsdale, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on June 21, 2012, at the Robert P. Zaun Pavilion located in Lime Kiln Park, Grafton. Burial will be with the family in Madison on Friday, June 22, 2012.