Margaret Daly Foulkes


Margaret Daly Foulkes, 95, of St. Joseph passed away peacefully at her home on August 17, 2015.

Margaret was born November 24, 1919, in Hagar Township. She was the fourth of eight children of William and Mary (Heffron) Daly. Margaret attended St. Joseph Catholic schools, Nazareth College, and graduated from Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan. She also attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University. Margaret taught high school in both Coloma and Bridgman, and for many decades proudly attended numerous reunions of the classes she taught.

Margaret and Nelson Foulkes (who died in 1968) were married in 1948, and had six children. She is survived by her children, Mary Foulkes of Rockville, Maryland, Nelson (Bella) Foulkes of Fowlerville, Robert (Robin Johnson) Foulkes of Empire, Catherine (John) Holcombe of Suttons Bay, Eileen (Dennis) Mikus of Pellston, and James (Mimi Brohier) Foulkes of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois; six grandchildren; twin great grandsons; and one sister, Helen Herman of Coloma.

Margaret was active in St. Joseph Catholic Church, serving on the Deanery Council, and as the first women elected to the Parish Council. She volunteered at the local offices of Birthright and served on the Board of Directors of the Berrien County Unit of the American Cancer Society. She will be remembered for her generosity in sharing her talents, particularly for her sewing. She made countless wedding and prom dresses, ballet costumes, baby blankets, bathrobes and vests. For a neighbor’s child, she even created a Zhou Yue (抓周) dress for the traditional Chinese first birthday celebration.

Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 21, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 Church St., St. Joseph. Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens.  Friends may call from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph.  Memorials may be made in Margaret’s name to the American Cancer Society. Those wishing to sign Margaret’s memory book online may do so at

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