September 29, 2013

Mary Margaret Muehlhausen


---- — Mary Margaret Muehlhausen, 91, Logansport, passed away at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at her residence.

Mary Margaret was born on a farm in Carroll County May 18, 1922. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Mabel (Fidler) Chambers Jr. and was a direct descendant of James Chambers, who fought in the Revolutionary War.

On Sept. 29, 1940, she married George L. Muehlhausen, who preceded her in death April 26, 1999. Mary Margaret attended Young America High School, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class in 1940. She continued her education by taking classes at Butler University and Indiana Business College, where she graduated in 1943.

During World War II, Mary Margaret taught English and business classes at Young America High School. In 1947, she retired from teaching to focus on her family. In addition to raising her three sons, Mary Margaret’s other activities included teaching Sunday school classes and singing in the choir at the Baptist Temple of Logansport, serving as a Cub Scout den mother and supporting her children in their various scholastic and extracurricular activities. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed camping and playing the piano.

When her children were old enough to no longer require her full-time attention, Mary Margaret accepted a position as a part-time teacher’s assistant for the Special Reading Program for Logansport schoolchildren. Thereafter, she was employed as a full-time caseworker for the Food Stamp Division of the Cass County Welfare Department until deciding to pursue her interest in politics. Mary Margaret was elected to serve two terms as the Cass County Auditor (1980-1988), followed by three consecutive terms as a member of the Cass County Council (1989-2000). Mary Margaret was the first woman to serve as a member of the Cass County Council. Throughout her years of service in public office, Mary Margaret remained a consistent advocate for the conservative use of public funds.

Mary Margaret’s other activities included her membership in Altrusa Club, Mothers Study Club, League of Women Voters and Parent Teacher Association. During retirement, she especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also developed an interest in historic Indiana, genealogy and playing bridge in a local club.

Survivors include her three sons, George L. Muehlhausen of Sharon, John C. Muehlhausen of Logansport and James K. Muehlhausen and his wife, Sally Muehlhausen, of Logansport; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Chambers of Phoenix, Ariz; numerous nieces and nephews and a number of cousins living in the Cass County community.

Mary Margaret’s services will be private with burial at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Marocco-Rans Funeral Chapel & Cremations Services.

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