Feb. 11, 1933-March 17, 2019
Margie Ruth Miller was born Feb. 11, 1933, to John Dowd Miller of Minden and Maggie Ment Matlock from the community of Mott close to Plain Dealing.
Though she graduated from Bossier High School in 1952, she went to Plain Dealing High for her freshman through junior years and recently reconnectED with friends during several 1950s Plain Dealing High School Reunions.
Around 1952, while working as a clerk in the Dell Southern Grocery Store in Plain Dealing, she met David Hilton Clarkston. They married Aug. 29, 1953.
She worked at Morris and Dickson in Shreveport in the late 50s, helped David run a restaurant in the Holiday Lanes Bowling Alley in Bossier City from 1974-76, and worked at a Pizza Hut in El Dorado, Ark., in 1977-78. She worked most of her life as a housewife as well as maintaining the family garden (early 1980 to present) in Natchitoches.
Margie has been a member of the Oak Grove Methodist Church in Natchitoches since 1983 and served in various committees while being a member. She participated three times a week in exercise classes at the Fellowship Hall.
Margie had an adventurous spirit in that at age 72, she went white water rafting in Jamaica and went over a class four rapid during the 1.5 hour trek. She loved to read and would read two to three books a week. She enjoyed helping others by giving her time, knowledge and energy. Margie was an avid gardener and keeper of the family land during her life.
She was a loving mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, John David Clarkston and wife Carol of Houston, Texas, Dennis Hilton Clarkston of Natchitoches and George Lester Clarkston and wife Abby of Houma.
Also, Margie was a proud grandmother of three grandsons and one granddaughter-in-law, Terry Dwayne Clarkston and James David Clarkston and wife Destiny of Greenwood and William Patrick Clarkston of Houston. She has two great-granddaughters, McKenzie Marie Clarkston of Greenwood and a great-grandson, Joseph James Clarkston of Shreveport. She is also survived by her sister, Nerae Haynes and husband Titus Haynes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David H. Clarkston; parents, John Dowd Miller and Maggie Ment Matlock; and siblings, Marteal Miller Anderson Murphy and James Miller.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Oak Grove Methodist Church in Natchitoches with Bob Lane officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Methodist Cemetery under the direction of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home and again March 21 from 11 a.m. until service time at Oak Grove Methodist Church.