Margaret Jane Laughlin Fairweather, age 91, died on Sunday, May 27, 2012, in Sun Prairie.
She was born on Aug. 8, 1920, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to David Black Laughlin and Ella Anita (McClelland) Laughlin. She spent most of her childhood in and around Moweaqua, Ill., and graduated from Moweaqua High School.
Margaret received her Bachelor's degree in music education, band and vocal music, from Millikin University and her Master's degree in music from the University of Oklahoma. She was one of the first female marching band directors. She taught music in several school districts including Winchester and Warrensburg. She also taught flute at Millikin and gave piano lessons from home to many generations of children. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the Decatur Area Music Teachers Association and the Argenta Presbyterian Church, where she served as pianist.
Margaret leaves behind a brother, Robert (Joyce) Laughlin of Charlotesville, Va.; two daughters, Barbara (Russell) Byer of Lafayette, Ind., and Mary (Donald) Dexter of Middleton; a son, Mark H. (Celia Shneider) Fairweather of Lincoln, Mass.; a granddaughter, Madeline Dexter of Madison; and a grandson, Nicholas Fairweather of Lincoln, Mass. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Harold L. Fairweather.
Obituary credit: Sun Prairie