Mary Margaret “Margie” Martin

July 6, 1938 - May 12, 2018

Mary Margaret “Margie” Martin Bierig was born July 6, 1938 in Watonga, OK to Maxine Roach Martin and Earl Martin and raised by her grandparents Dee Roach and Mary Roach. Margie departed her earthly life on May 12, 2018. Margie graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1956. Margie was a woman of faith, a loving wife, a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, cherished friend, and entrepreneur. Margie married Vernon R. Bierig on September 11, 1960. The couple owned and operated the Bierig Laundry & Dry Cleaners, which grew from a single location to 17 locations with more than 60 employees. After 36 years Margie and Vernon retired to Okeene, OK in 2000, where she continued an active role in the community and her beloved church. Margie was the first female President of the Enid Kiwanis Club, a member of the Red Hat Society and played Mrs. Clause for all the school children. Margie was passionate about her family; she especially enjoyed her role in the Martin and Bierig Family Reunions. Margie was a founder of the St. Anthony’s Thrift Shop and gave countless hours to maintaining the store. In 11 years she helped build the shop from nickels, dimes and quarters to a thriving outreach service to the entire community and beyond. Margie made beautiful quilts for family and friends including Quilts of Valor for honorable Veterans. The front door to Margie’s home was always open to anyone and she loved entertaining her bridge club. There were no “strangers” in Margie’s life. Margie is preceded in death by her brother, Bud Martin, husband Vernon Bierig of 51 years, and son Bailey Dean Bierig. Margie is survived by two siblings; Joyce Bowerman and Denny Martin; son, Barney Bierig, daughter, Evelyn Smith, grandchildren; Braden Bierig, Sterling Hillin, Katie Hillin, and Elizabeth Hillin, great granddaughters; Alexis Green and Eva Peal Stone, a host of nieces and nephews and countless friends. A Vigil will be held Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at the St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Okeene, OK. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made to the St Anthony’s Thrift Shop. St Anthony’s respectfully requests no florals containing Lilies be placed inside the church.

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