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Moragh “Miki” Klinginsmith

February 18, 1930 ~ May 24, 2022 (age 92)

Obituary

 

Moragh M. Klinginsmith, 92, of San Antonio, Texas passed away into the arms of the Lord on May 24, 2022. She is met with all the celebrations and promises God has given us through His Word. We rejoice knowing she is in her heavenly home where we will see her again someday.  Moragh follows her beloved husband, Russell Klinginsmith, of 58 years.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul, NE. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Sixth Street V-INN-U in St. Paul.

The family requests,in leu of flowers, you donate to an organization of your choice in her honor. 

Moragh was born an only child to Ellen Fergusson in Glasgow, Scotland. She grew up during World War II (WWII). She survived the war years as a child moving between her mother and grandmother, aunts and uncles and family friends. She lived in Alloa, Edinbugh, London and Oban during the summers. 

In 1948, at the tender age of 18, Moragh joined the British Woman's Royal Army Corp and was stationed for basic training in Guilford, England. She was groomed to be a teleprinter in the Signal Corps; one of the top positions the Army could bestow on a new enlistee. During this period, Moragh received her nick name, Miki! 

Following her Signal Corp training period, Miki was posted to Edinburgh Castle. The castle’s dungeons had been made into modern offices during WWII and where the Signal Corp operations were housed. As an operator on the teleprinter switchboard, Miki sent messages to British camps and to allied airfields around the world. Miki's training also included mountain climbing and map reading. In 1949, Miki's Corp was transferred to Bad Oberhausen, Germany where they participated in teleprinter communications during the beginnings of the tumultuous Cold War period; notably marked by the Allied Forces “Great Berlin Airlift” operation. This was the largest scale humanitarian effort in the world's history. 

In 1950, Miki decided to part ways with the military and entered a new adventure in London where she began working as a bookkeeper at several hotels in and around London and out to the coastal regions working at resort hotels.

In 1953 Miki again embarked on another adventure accepting a position with an American insurance company working in their office on Ramstein AFB. At 23, this was an exciting place to work and where, through a friend, she met the love of her life and future husband, Russell Klinginsmith. Together they began a 58-year journey of marriage living and traveling all over the world.  

During most of her marriage, Miki was a homemaker and mother, raising 2 children, Gregory, and Stephanie. Traveling from assignment to assignment, Miki kept the family grounded and connected to the community. Wherever they were she was involved in volunteer work with organizations such as the Officers Wives Club and the Red Cross that touched those communities in significant ways. 

Through the years they lived in many different states: Michigan, Ohio, Long Island, California, Hawaii, Virginia, and Texas as well as in Okinawa. Everywhere they lived Miki opened their home with joyful hospitality to one and all, including visiting family, military friends, exchange students and many college friends of Greg and Stephanie's over the years. Once an empty nester, Miki embarked on another career adventure through the field of fashion. She spent several years working as a buyer and store manager for Krause's Fashions and later Willis' Town and Travel in New Braunfels, Texas.

Miki and Russell traveled extensively, visiting all fifty states as well as crisscrossing the globe. A remarkable gourmet, Miki treated company in her home to dishes she experienced in her years of travel. Among the clubs and organizations Miki enjoyed, she also participated in her lady’s investment club, and after they moved to The Towers on Parklane, Miki was involved with the Welcoming Committee greeting new residents with the hospitality that has always come so easy to her. She was also very much involved with The Military Women of The Towers Association. Miki adored and spoiled her grandchildren, Rebecca and Christopher who were her greatest passion and delight over the years. 

Moragh is survived by; a son, Gregory Ellis Klinginsmith and wife Linda of Austin, TX;  a daughter, Stephanie Ann Collins and grandson Christopher Michael Collins of Joplin MO; a granddaughter, Rebecca Daniel Collins of Lansing, MI.; sisters-in-law, Darlene Klinginsmith, Shirley Klinginsmith and  neices and nephews Terry and Cindy Steffey, Rick, Steve, Scott  Klinginsmith, Debbie, Mark, Kim and Lona Klinginsmith, Beverly Meinecke, Roberta Daniels, Patsy Onatah, Michael Bragg and many great and great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother Ellen Ferguson, husband Russell Klinginsmith; four brothers-in-law Robert, Rex, Gerald, and Jim Klinginsmith; five sisters-in-law, Frances Bragg, Evelyn Jones, Opal Gartland, Doris Voorhees, Ruby Steffey and Elizabeth Bragg; nephews Clintan Bragg, Dennis Steffey, Randy Voorhees, and Kenny Klinginsmith; two great nephews Brent Steffey and Doug Bragg.

Moragh was beloved by all she met, her caring and loving heart and desire to care for others is her legacy to promote the best possible world she could help to create and inspire all to follow her example.

 

 

We are here such a tiny time

To occupy our tiny earthy space. 

The reason we are here I know, 

Is to make this a better place.

Feed an empty soul-

   -Right a wrong!

Put a smile on every face. 

Raise your voice in song.

It can be a better place.

Where a life is dark,

Burn some candlelight.

Fill this space with grace.

Make our world a better place.

 

      ----Esther B. Gates; a dear friend and Tower’s neighbor.

 

 

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

                        Mathew 5:16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Services

Celebration of Life
Wednesday
June 22, 2022

11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home
411 O Street
St. Paul, NE 68873

Committal Service
Wednesday
June 22, 2022

12:00 PM
Elmwood Cemetery
1/4 mile south Adams St. on Jackson St.
St. Paul, NE 68873

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