Margaret Haun Greger, 85, passed away peacefully in her home on March 11, 2009. She was born on Dec. 6, 1923, to parents Henry and Elizabeth Haun in Harrisburg, Nebraska. After graduating from the county high school as valedictorian, she began working for a local newspaper, eventually becoming a member of the Typographical Union.
While attending the University of Nebraska after World War II, she met George Greg Greger, a GI Bill student who had returned from service overseas. They were married on April 4, 1947.
In 1950, they moved to the Tri-Cities, where her husband worked at the Hanford Project. They raised seven children. Neighbor kids enjoyed the Greger backyard playhouses and the reliable supply of cookies and homemade root beer. They knew that if they wanted to drag 53 tumbleweeds into the backyard to construct an igloo, Margaret Greger would be fine with it. Once, anyway.
Attention to family, kites and wild flowers were foremost her life. She was active in both the Catholic Church affairs and the Democratic Party. In the 1960s she fought for civil rights in the Tri-Cities. She served the Audubon Society as its librarian for many years. As her children grew up and left home, she devoted herself to kite flying, kite making, teaching kite classes, and writing the five kite-making books she published. Her books "Kites for Everyone" and "More Kites for Everyone" are prized by kite makers and teachers worldwide. In the Tri-Cities, she was known as "The Kite Lady".
In 1996, she was named American Kite Magazine's Kite Person of the Year. The tribute article stated that she had taught thousands of adults and kids how to make and fly kites in over forty years of dedication to the craft. In 2002, Margaret was inducted into the World Kite Museum's Hall of Fame. Kindness toward friend and stranger alike, love for her family, and a sense of humor rounded out her life.
Margaret Greger is survived by husband George, brothers Jim, Larry and Joe Haun, and sister Loretta Peterson; children Debora, Miriam, Joel, Jan, Amelie, Del and Evan; and grandchildren Thomas, Avalon and Brennan.
As a remembrance, we suggest readers fly a kite in that empty space in the sky. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her honor may be made to a group she supported: McNary Wildlife Refuge Education Center, 311 Lake Road, Burbank, WA 99323. Thoughts and memories may be expressed in the online guest book at www.einansfuneralhome.com. The funeral Mass will be on Saturday, March 21st at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland, with a remembrance reception to follow in the gathering place of the church.