Born Margaret Augusta Fueglein in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 26, 1932; Margaret (Pat) met Thomas Mayer through Tom’s cousin, Dorothy Bradley, fell in love, and were married on May 2, 1953.
Pat, who passed away on Oct. 14, is survived by their two children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Pat loved to vacation abroad with her husband of 60 years.
During her days as a professional journalist, both as a reporter and editor, Pat met and interviewed many famous people. She received notoriety for her series of articles that provided tips on how to select the best form of skilled care for elderly loved ones. She did this because of the frustrations she had to go through in finding a suitable home for her own mother, Grace. Pat’s work at the Tempe Daily News did not go unnoticed, she received both a first place award from the Arizona Press Club for community journalism and the TCH Media Award. She also received the Lakes Community Association Lifetime Service Award for her work as editor of The Lakes Log publication.
Pat served on the executive board of the Lakes Woman’s Club and was named Woman of the Year. One of Pat’s most cherished memories was when she was assigned to write an article on the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus being in town. Determined to report firsthand, she grabbed a photographer and headed over to the circus. She gladly accepted their offer to participate as a clown, having the time of her life.
Pat was co-founder of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, participated with the American Cancer Society (both Michigan and Arizona) and was an advisory board member with the Salvation Army. She relished her monthly meetings with the ladies of the Broken Spoke Book Club of Ahwatukee Foothills.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, 4203 E. Indian School Road, Suite 140, Phoenix, 85018, or donate online at www.azkidney.org.
A memorial service will be on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Parish, 1800 E. Libra Drive in Tempe.