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September 09, 2008 1:01 am

Margaret Corbett Wirth

Written by Tribune Staff

(Oct. 30, 1922 - Sept. 3, 2008)

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 6 at the LDS Church in Powell for Margaret Corbett Wirth, who died Wednesday, Sept. 3 at the Sheridan hospital. She was 85.

Margaret, or Meg as she was called, was the first child of John and Loy Sessions Corbett. She was born on Oct. 30, 1922 in Thermopolis.

Margaret grew up in Byron and graduated from Byron High School. On March 28, 1941, she married James Francis Wirth at the home of her grandparents, Byron A. and Ellen J. Sessions, who were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary on that day.

At first, Jim worked for Ohio Oil Company, which later became Marathon Oil.

They next lived in Laramie where Jim attended the University of Wyoming until they moved to Oakland, Calif., during World War II to work in the shipyards.

When Jim received his draft notice, they returned to Byron so she and the children could be near her parents while he was gone. He left for Denver, but didn't pass his physical because of asthma. He resumed work for Marathon and through the years worked his way up to District Superintendent. Through the years they lived in Sidney, Nebr., Lafayette, La., and McFadden and Casper in Wyoming. Jim died in 1980.

After Meg's parents died, she and Jim took her three siblings to raise as their own even though Meg was only 24 and Jim was 25 and they had three children of their own. She was a loving, kind and thoughtful person who was loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by three children, Rodney and wife DeAnna Wirth of Buffalo, Sandra and husband Ralph Watts of Adel, Iowa, and Steve and wife Elaine Wirth of Wapiti; her sisters, Bertha Mueller of Sidney, Nebr., and Jackie Hecht of Powell; brother Jerry and wife Michele Corbett of Lovell; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grand; one sister–in-law, Jeanne Wirth of Powell, one brother-in-law, Evan Wirth of Minneapolis, Minn. She also has 11 nieces and nephews who lovingly called her "Grandma Meg."

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Dorothy Wilkinson, and infant sister Barbara, as well as three brothers-in-law.

Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The family requests memorial donations to the Byron Memorial Park. Donations can be sent to Town of Byron, Box 5, Byron, Wyoming 82412.