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Margaret Marie McCauley, age 83 years young, of Lakeview, transitioned gracefully from this earth on Saturday, November 3, 2012 after a long difficult illness.

Margaret was a complex, strong-minded, amazing woman who lived life large, wide and with gusto to the very end. Her most recent residence that she called home for several years was Lakeview, Michigan, however she was a citizen of the world. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona and had lived in England, Italy, Texas, California, Oklahoma, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and many other cities.

She was brilliant intellectually; talented and attractive on many levels. This manifested in profuse vocations and avocations. She was a professional singer/musician, manager of entertainment clubs, radio show host, florist, healer, nanny, etc. Most important to her in recent years, she was a teacher and spiritual mentor. She attracted scores of people to her wherever she lived with her humor, compassion, and avid interest in a plethora of areas. She loved nature and animals. Every wil animal that lived in her yard had a name, and her cats were her children. There was always an abundance of organic flowers, ornamental plants and vegetable gardens at her home. She was a foodie, before the word existed, and a generous gourmet cook. She was an epicure in the literal sense; Epicurius (circa around 307 BEC) believed that pleasure is the greatest good. But the way to attain pleasure was to live modestly, gain knowledge of the workings of the world and the limits of one’s desires. This led on to attain a state of tranquility (ataraxia) and freedom from fear, as well as absence of bodily pain (aponia). She had a vast and wide knowledge of history, literature, ancient wisdom, classic movies/English comedy shows, environmental issues, human nature, poplular fiction and politics. She was deeply spiritual and shared her knowledge and beliefs in her teachings which were a life changing experience for her students. She loved paties and fun, managing the art of irreverence in a refined manner. She was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by her friends, students, professional people that cared for her and her closest “family of friends” who she referred to as her “inner circle”.

Margaret planned her life experience in detail. She will be cremated and did not desire a funeral. In lieu of flowers, Margaret asked that you donate to the charity of your choice and she bids you “Namaste”.

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Liz Whitley on November 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

    We will each miss Margaret in very special ways. To me and my family, we called her “Buff” for over fifty years. I know she is rejoicing in being free from pain and worldly stress.
    Moments after our Buff/Margaret passed, my sister Susie sent me a photo from her phone of a lovely heart shaped cloud above her home in Colorado. Susie shared that Buff was on her new journey now and the cloud was her way of sending each of us her love to know that she is at peace. Our momma, Edie, was a dear friend of Buff’s and Susie knows that she has greeted her and will help with her transition.
    Her ashes will be scattered in her beloved England.
    Karen Roaleen has written a lovely obituary for the Lakeview and Greenville, Michigan newspapers, and will be arranging a memorial service in mid-December. I hope you will be able to read it on this site as well.
    It’s time for each of us to rejoice and celebrate our friend’s life and remember her smile and laughter as she lived and loved life to the fullest.

  2. Liz Whitley on November 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Apology for my typo error, the correction is: “Kathy Roaleen” not Karen.

  3. Lorna Holbrook on November 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Margaret was like a mom to me when I needed someone to talk to. I will miss her greatly.

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