Margaret Ried Scallin, AKA Maggie. I called her Gran, and I’m so blessed to have had her in my life.
She was a woman of many gifts and talents. She had class and character. She loved reading and gardening and dancing. She loved shoes and clocks and mirrors. She had 5 children, a small family for her time. She got divorced, something couples just didn’t do in her day. Her life was not perfect by any measure, but it was beautiful.
But the best thing about Maggie was that when she talked with you, you knew you were seen and accepted as you were in that moment, without judgement.
She was a great question-asker. She was a great listener. She was great at compliments, the sincere ones you knew came from her heart. She always had the best wisdom and advice to offer, after she asked if you wanted to hear it. She showed up as she was, her authentic, spunky self and allowed others the space to do the same.
Maggie was a gift. A woman of light. A woman to aspire to emulate. In my opinion, a woman of Christ. Maggie didn’t practice a religion, though she did have faith in the Savior. Regardless of religion or faith, she was a genuinely good person who made the world around her better. People who engaged with her, even if just for a few minutes, were better after knowing her.
May we all show up as who we are without expectation for others to do any differently, listen to people’s stories, and live without judgement but rather love for each other. Let’s be women of light.