Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Margaret Burgess

Born: 9/13/1930 Died: 7/27/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

Margaret Ann Burgess passed away on July 27, 2011, in Las Vegas. She was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Alamosa, Colo., and her family moved to California when she was about 13, at the break of World War II. Margaret started her career in food service working as a waitress in the famous Chicken Dining Room at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif. She later went to college and became a certified Gourmet Chef, owning her own catering business before retiring. She was a member of several culinary organizations and served on the Board of Directors as a chairman or officer. Margaret was one of the members of the culinary team from the USA that attended the Culinary Olympics held in 1984 in Frankfurt, Germany. She won a Silver Medal for her individual presentation and the team won several gold medals that year for their collaborative efforts.
Her grandmother, Elizabeth Juanita Rozell, was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation. Margaret and her sister, Shirley, were heavily involved in family research, taking one of their family lines, Stanton/Brashears, back to Chief Pushmataha. She loved birds and was an accomplished tole painter, especially on glass. Her sense of humor and loving heart will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jurney Lee Burgess and Ruth Ann Dunagan Burgess; a brother, Edward Ledale Burgess; and one sister, Elizabeth Louise Burgess. Margaret is survived by one maternal uncle, Carroll Edward Dunagan of Pueblo, Colo.; one sister, Shirley Burgess Vanderbeck of La Verne, Calif.; a son, Allen Lee Johnson of Bullhead City, Ariz.; and three daughters, Neena Johnson Woosley, Leslie Ann Stein, both of Happy Jack, Ariz., and Lisa Gaylene Sargent of Pueblo, Colo.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two nieces; one nephew; one great-nephew; and one great-niece.