Margaret C. Titus
MARGARET CHRISTINE TITUS, 94, of Jackson, passed away at the Jackson Good Samaritan Center on Monday April 14, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 2p.m on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Shalom Hill Farm in Rural Windom with Reverend Margaret Yachel-Juleen Officiating. There will be a visitation and luncheon on May 17, 2014 starting at 12p.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Shalom Hill Farm, Kot-A-Kot – Haiti, and the Westvig Missionary Group.
Margaret Christine Titus, daughter of Emery and Anna (Ostby) Burreson, was born on December 1, 1919, at the family farm in Des Moines Township, Jackson County, Minnesota. Margaret attended a country school and graduated from Jackson High School in 1937. She attended the McPhail School of Music in Minneapolis for one year before returning home to help her mother run the farm. On June 16, 1944, Margaret was united in marriage to Wayne Titus. The couple made their home on the family farm in Des Moines Township and in 1967, moved to Fulda, Minnesota, where Margaret became the Activities Director for the Fulda nursing home. After Wayne’s passing on March 26, 1977, Margaret decided to make the move back to Jackson, where she started working as a tour guide for Wells Bus Company. At the age of 90, she moved from the Hills Apartment to the Hi Rise and when she broke her hip at the age of 93, moved to Cottage Grove and lived with Paul and Nancy. After being diagnosed with cancer this January, she returned to Jackson and entered hospice care at the Good Samaritan where she died on Monday, April 14, 2014, at the age of 94.
Margaret saw the good in people and looked forward to the unknowns of tomorrow. She trusted God in all things and was grateful for all that she had. Her commitment to health and longevity manifested in her routine: she took daily power walks and ate simply, buying organic food whenever possible and never letting anything go to waste. She was curious about people’s goings on and held a particular reverence for the difference-makers. Her wit carried an inviting tone. She said things like, “Gee wiz!” and “honestly!,” and in recent years, became famous for saying, “When you know God like I do, you don’t need to go to church.” She enjoyed camping and concerts, playing games and going out for coffee. She also made two trips to Norway to visit her cousins. She played piano, read books and always carried a pack of gum. She fed her guests sloppy joe’s, peppernuts, sticky rolls and cottage bars. She enjoyed Walker Texas Ranger and keeping up with Minnesota sports. She served as the president of the Jackson American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and was a longtime member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. She loved looking at photo albums and had an affinity for Jackson’s Black Bridge and talked often of Bum’s Hollow and the homeless men who, in her youth, lived there. Both inwardly and outwardly, as Margaret’s life neared its close, she chose to expand herself, drawing nearing to God’s presence and becoming increasingly affectionate to those around her. During her final days, her wish, simply, was to hold someone’s hand.
In recent years, as her hearing declined, Margaret connected to loved ones through social media, making herself a ubiquitous part of the virtual community. Before signing off Facebook most nights, she would post an uplifting quote, which she often lifted from Fleet Farm inserts. Her final quote, posted just before returning to Jackson and entering hospice care, are words that could have been her own: “We are all something, but none of us are everything.” —Blaise Pascal
Margaret is survived by her five children, Mary Burks, of Pittsburg, California; Tim (Karen) Titus of Richfield, Minnesota; Tom (Sheri) Titus of Dallas, Texas; Paul (Nancy) Titus of Cottage Grove, Minnesota; and David (Kim Grothe) Titus of Fulda, Minnesota. Also surviving are her 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and her first cousin Oddny Brevik of Norway.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wayne, her brother Edward, an infant sister Margaret, her son-in-law Dean Burks, and her granddaughter, Erica Burks.
Blessed be the memory of Margaret Titus.