Margaret

November 26, 1943 ~ July 19, 2022

Born in: Vincennes, IN
Resided in: Vincennes, IN

Margaret Ann McGiffen passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 19. Margaret was born on November 26, 1943 in Vincennes, Indiana, the daughter of Webster Roy McGiffen and Gertrude Louise Dellinger McGiffen. Her childhood was marked by memories at the family dairy and backyard pool with her older sister Joetta, brother David, and baby sister Lucy.

A 1961 graduate of Lincoln High School, Margaret loved keeping up with her classmates and attending every class reunion. In 1962, she graduated from the Evansville Beauty College and returned to Vincennes to begin her career as a hairdresser. She made the leap to entrepreneur in 1965 when she opened Margaret’s Hair Designs. In addition to being a small business owner, she coached and mentored many young hairdressers into successful cosmetology careers. For decades, Margaret’s creativity shined while her clients sat in her chair. She served a large community, and she delighted in getting to know multiple generations of clients and their families. She saw it as a great privilege to be there for many stages of life—from a first haircut, to prom, to weddings, and even, in death. The end of her career was spent as an independent hairdresser, most recently at The Studio. Margaret was a member of the local Hairdressers’ Association, Psi Iota Xi, and the state of Indiana Hairdressers’ Association, where she participated in many conventions and competitions.

Margaret and her partner of 35 years, Andrea Kaskus, shared a rich and vibrant life together. She was a natural hostess, and their home was often a revolving door of family and friends. For many years, Margaret maintained a collection of hundreds of Santa Claus figurines that were proudly on display each holiday season. Their home was made complete by their dogs, Gabby and Poppy and cat, Mr. Sheffield.

Margaret was very active in Vincennes. She always knew someone everywhere she went. She always had a story to share, too. You simply knew when Margaret McGiffen walked into a room. Often, she would even announce her own arrival by declaring, “I’m here!” Margaret knew so much about Vincennes, and she was a proud lifelong resident. She was a member of the Harmony Society and the Moose Lodge 281. She and Andrea also enjoyed traveling together. New York City and Caribbean cruises were two of Margaret’s favorite travels.

Margaret’s colorful spirit, unique flair, and love of life will most certainly be missed.

Survivors include her partner, Andrea Kaskus; sister, Lucy Martindale of Durham, NC (Al); nieces, Beth Jordan of Olathe, KS (John), Julie Clark of Olathe, KS (Bob), Chris Magruder of Vincennes, IN (Josh), Meredith Martindale Oakes of Durham, NC (Michael); nephews, Jeff Garrard of Evansville, IN (Sheri), Duke McGiffen of Vincennes, IN (Richelle), Phil Martindale of Durham, NC; and many great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces, and great-great nephews.

Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Webster and Gertrude McGiffen, sister Joetta Garrard, brother, David McGiffen, sister-in-law, Margaret L. McGiffen, nephew Davy McGiffen, aunt, Ethylgene Josh and uncle, Joe Josh.

The family would like to thank her friends and caregivers for their love and support over the last year and the Good Samaritan Hospice for their care over the last few weeks.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. followed by a service at 2 p.m. at the Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home in Vincennes. Immediately following the service, at 3 p.m., family and friends are invited to a celebration of life reception at the Harmony Society, 111 North Second Street, Vincennes. Please bring your favorite memories and stories to share at the reception. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in honor of Margaret to the Good Samaritan Hospice, Vincennes Animal Shelter, or your favorite charity.

Services

Visitation: July 30, 2022 10:00 am - July 30, 2022 2:00 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home - Vincennes
524 Broadway Street
VINCENNES, IN 47591


Service: July 30, 2022 2:00 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home - Vincennes
524 Broadway Street
VINCENNES, IN 47591


Celebration of Life: July 30, 2022 3:00 pm

Harmony Society
111 N. 2nd Street
Vincennes, IN 47591


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  1. So sorry for your Loss. I worked with her way back in the Day…. She was a Great Lady and Hairdresser

  2. Sympathy and prayers to Andrea and family . Truly sorry to hear about Margaret’s passing . It was an honor and privilege to have known her. She will be missed by everyone who lives she touched over the years. May GOD bless

  3. So sorry for your loss Andrea and Lucy and all the rest of the family and friends. She was a great hairdresser and a great person.I know she will be sadly missed. I’am glad to say we were cousins!! Love and Prayers to all. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  4. I had the privilege of giving Margaret physical therapy. I got to know her and she had that great mischievous smile. Such a hard worker and kind soul. Andrea and all the caregivers….keep your heads up….you did good! She knew how much you did for her . Think of all the funny , goofy things that happened and made everyone laugh. RIP Margaret

  5. Margaret was an absolute beautiful soul. I always loved running into Margaret & Andrea while out & about. They always greeted me with the biggest smiles & hugs! I always loved getting their Christmas cards too. Margaret will definitely be missed by many! Prayers for Andrea & Margaret’s family in finding peace & comfort in these upcoming days! Tammy Chanley

  6. Andrea, Carol Anne and I will pray for you while you go through these sad times . Margaret was truly a wonderful lady.

  7. The world has lost one very beautiful lady both inside and out. The was never a dull moment when you were around Margaret and Andrea. Everyone wanted to be with them at homecoming because Margaret always remembered everyone and yes had the scoop on them too. What a great person. Our entire family sends prayers to you Andrea.

  8. Early in Margaret’s career I was a little girl & climbed up on her chair to sit on a stack of towels on her chair for my first haircut. I felt so special with her kind attention. It is a sweet memory for me. Margaret had a generous heart and was a good friend to my Mother, Avanelle Dora.

  9. Please accept our sympathy, Andrea and family! She was a hoot to be around and I enjoyed the times with her when she was cutting my hair! Hugs and prayers!

  10. Our sympathy to Margaret’s family. We have heard so much about Margaret over the years. Rusty and Randy friends of Lucy and Al Martindale.

    • So sorry to hear such sad news. Margaret was a special lady, who was loved by everyone that knew her. I loved to hear her tell her life stories. Every visit with Margaret was one to remember. Andy, I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my heart and thoughts. Sending prayers to you and your family.

  11. I first met Margaret when you (Andrea) brought her to my wedding 35 yrs ago. So nice you could be together and make each other happy for 35 yrs….and you took great care of her.

  12. She will be dearly missed…. she was always a delight! She always loved being surrounded by people she loved and im so happy she’s no longer in pain…. love and hugs for you Andrea!!!

  13. So sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. We grew up with the McGiffen’s. I was a Nowaskie before I married. Lots of good memories growing up. Thoughts & Prayers for Andrea & the whole family. Love & Hugs!!

  14. Margaret was an inspiration to me. She was always positive, cheerful, and happy with her life. She made me feel better just spending time in her stylist’s chair while she gave me the best haircuts ever. My sincere condolences to Andrea and the family. Margaret was one-of-a-kind.

  15. I knew her brother Dave and met Margaret as a driver for VanGo. I had the pleasure to drive her to some of doctors appointments. She was a very sweet lady!!!
    Prayers for all her family!

  16. Margaret was my mentor, my friend. She taught me so much about the industry we shared. My heart is heavy with sadness because she was such a constant influence, voice, presence and inspiration to me and so many hairdressers. She hired me right out of Beauty School and then I had the privilege of having her work with me in my salon years later. Having her near was such a comfort as well as a joy. She cracked us up on a daily basis with her quick wit and comments. Andrea, I’m so very sorry for your loss and I’m praying for God’s comfort to surround you. Love you❤️

  17. Lucy and Andrea and all of Margaret’s family, this lovely lady will be sorely missed. She cut my hair many times when I was little as well as my mother’s and grandmother’s. She was a beautiful light to the Vincennes Community. Sincere condolences.

  18. My love to Andrea and Margaret’s family. I sure did enjoy getting to know you at Bridgepointe, Margaret. Rest In Peace.

  19. Margaret became a friend as I visited her salon and she always made be feel welcome as there was never any racial issues as I had experienced elsewhere She knew my daughters and never failed to have me update her with their careers and lives My thoughts and prayers for comfort as you grieve May memories of joy give you peace

  20. As friends of baby sister Lucy, we have been regaled by stories of family and friends.
    We know the firm resolve and quick wit of Lucy and have always assumed it is family engrained. May you remember the best times of days spent together and hold those memories close. May peace be with you.

  21. For Andrea:
    I was sorry to read about your loss of Margaret. I know she was so special to you for many years. While I did not know her personally that well, you and I shared many times at LHS. It does not matter if we lose a partner, a friend, or a family member, our love is universal, and we will always miss them. Take care and be strong! While I probably will not attend the services, my thoughts are with you.
    Ron Fredericks

  22. I was indeed sad to read Margaret’s obituary and to know that a lady who has contributed so much is gone. I have many fond memories of Margaret over the years. My deepest condolences are extended to al those who knew and loved Margaret. She was a very special spirit.

  23. It’s rare when you know some who is beautiful inside and out…and makes others more beautiful inside and out at the same time. Godspeed Margaret. Love you. We’ll take care of Andrea for you

  24. My thoughts and Prayers are with Andrea, the rest of Margaret’s family, and her friends. Many of my family members were blessed to have known her and Andrea well. Margaret: we miss you, but Heaven gets to see that smile & those gorgeous outfits as your laughter soars up, up, up! ❤️

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