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Margaret Faye Caffey

August 27, 1931 May 16, 2021
Margaret Faye Caffey
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Margaret (Wharton) Caffey was born August 27, 1931 to Faye Walling Wharton and John Henry Wharton in Mangum, OK, and she passed away on May 16, 2021. She was three months short of 90 years old.

Margaret graduated from Mangum High School in 1949 and went to the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha for a year before returning home to marry Gene Caffey. She worked as an accountant for more than forty years with Gene at the Caffey Oil Company where he delivered Texaco fuel to the farmers and ranchers in the area around Mangum. She retired shortly following his death and after the business was sold.

As the eldest of five children, Margaret was something of a pied piper for her younger siblings growing up. Although in adulthood they scattered across the country, they often came to visit or called to talk. She especially enjoyed drives on the back roads looking for wildlife with Nancy and Sam. She loved to talk to her brother Jim about their children and grandchildren and about the businesses past and present in downtown Mangum. She even liked arguing with her sister Kathryn about almost anything.

Margaret touched many lives through her years and was a major source of fun for both family and friends. She could dig a hole in the ground, build a campfire, and cook steak and potatoes at the family’s ranch. For years, she hosted gatherings of her high school classmates in her back yard. She loved to play bridge and laugh with her friends. She was an excellent tennis player well into her 60s. She liked to fish and would spend hours on the bank of a pond with a cane pole in her hands. She collected Native American art. She made the best fried chicken in the world. She liked to invite friends to join her family for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and everyone had more fun as a result.

Margaret was an unsung hero to her three children and her grandchildren. She was the glue that held the family together and her children and grandkids loved her dearly. She was always there when needed with remedies large and small. She had no qualms about speaking her mind in unfiltered terms. She always put her family first, many times at her own sacrifice. She is remembered by her family and friends for her strength, kindness, hard work, sage advice, and high good humor. She was a fighter to the end.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Gene Caffey. She is survived by her children Margene Caffey, Jolaine and her husband Donnie Smith, and Lee Caffey; and by her three grandchildren Zac Caffey, Austin Caffey, and Lainee Caffey, all of Mangum. She is also survived by her sister Kathryn Wharton of Washington D.C.; brother James H. Wharton of Baton Rouge, LA; sister Nancy Drummond of Chickasha, OK; and brother Sam Wharton of Victorville, CA. She has many nieces and nephews as well, including Cathy Stocker of Enid, OK, who she had a small part in raising.

Margaret was a member of the Methodist Church in Mangum and, in lieu of flowers, Margaret would appreciate donations to the church to help pay for the repair of the stained glass windows.

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