Margaret McLane

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 19:00

Margaret Dale McLane, of Wasilla, died with her husband, daughter and son-in-law at her side on Jan. 19, 2013 at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer. She was 64.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. Her cremated remains will be scattered at a remote location where her mother and father are.

She was born Oct. 27, 1948 in Cresent City, Calif., to Joseph and Margaret Stimson.

“Maggie” lived all over Alaska during the last 40 years, including time in Wasilla, Kodiak, Juneau, Hoonah and Bethel. She worked for the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Health and Social Services. She retired from the State of Alaska in 2007. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed spending time with her family, grand kids, road trips, camping, reading and horses.

“Maggie was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend,” her family wrote. “She was loved by all who met her. Maggie met and fell in love with her husband in the eighth grade. It was love at first sight on a ranch in Payson, Arizona. The love that they had is a love that we only hope to have in our lives. Maggie’s arms were always open for a hug. She opened her heart and home to anyone who needed it (animals and friends). Her contagious smile, loving heart and the art of baking great desserts will live on in her husband, daughter, and grandchildren. Maggie’s favorite place was next to her husband driving on one of their grand adventures. Maggie was very involved in the lives of her husband, daughter, grand kids and son in-law. Summers were spent camping with family and friends. Maggie now has her wings and is a guardian angel to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

She is survived by her husband, David McLane of Wasilla; daughter and son in-law, Heather and Jeff Reed of Eagle River; grandsons, Jared Reed and David Reed of Eagle River; brother and sister in-law, Paul and Ardell Stimson of Sugarland, Texas; brother and sister in-law, Joe and Betsy Stimson of Sugarland, Texas; and many other friends and family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, John Stimson.


Memorial Donations may be to:

Alaska SPCA

549 W. International Airport Rd. Suite B-2

Anchorage, AK 99518


Arrangements by Valley Funeral Home. Visit Maggie’s online obituary and guestbook at

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