Margaret Elvig

A Memorial Mass for Margaret Bertha Wolf Traylor Elvig, Lawrence, Kansas, who died March 20, 2010 will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday May 7, 2010 at St. John The Evangelist Church, 1234 Kentucky St.  Inurnment will be private.
 She was born May 9, 1909, in Leavenworth, Kansas, the daughter of George W. and Lora Marchefke Wolf, and has lived in Lawrence since 1932 when she attended the University of Kansas. She was married to Joe R. Traylor in 1935. He died in 1964. Surviving are two sons, Jon W. Traylor and wife Sandra, of Twisp, WA, and D. Tom Traylor and wife Carrie of Gilbert, AZ; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. In 1968 she was married to Frithjof H. Elvig who died in 1984. Her extended family includes Elaine Connell, San Francisco, CA; Elizabeth Shinn, Kansas City, MO, and John F. Elvig, Houston, TX, and their spouses; also nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
 Mrs. Elvig was a graduate of Leavenworth High School, Huff Secretarial School, Kansas City, MO and was a legal secretary there before attending K. U.  She operated the Joe Traylor Insurance Agency during Mr. Traylor’s service in the Navy in World War II. She was a homemaker, volunteered for various organizations, and was a docent at the Spencer Museum of Art.  From 1965 to 1968 she was House Director at the Pi Beta Phi Sorority at K. U.  She is a member of St. John The Evangelist Church; Chapter FZ of P. E. O., Ventura Club, Delta Zeta Sorority and the Orchards Ladies Golf Club.
 The family will greet friends from 10:45 a.m. to noon following the service at Presbyterian Manor 1429 Kasold Dr.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to either the Joe Traylor and Margaret Traylor Elvig Student Fund (#01087) at the University of Kansas Endowment Association or K. U. Audio Reader and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. 

8 Condolences

  1. Kate Heimerman on March 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Margaret, You were an amazing lady and I love you so much. I couldn’t have been blessed with a more amazing great grandma. I hope you are dancing with the angels and your family in Heaven. I will miss you. Love, Kate

  2. Cynthia & Don Tusher on March 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Jon,Sandie,Joe,Laura,Tom, Libby and all. Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences in the passing of Margaret.She was without a doubt one the great ladies in many of our lives. It’s hard to remember all the times and places she was in our lives. Through the years with Joe and Travelers, the house on the hill. With Fritz,visits in Twisp and at KU. What a great, full, life, with her large family behind her. Her memories with help carry you through the grieving process.
    We will be praying with you.

  3. Barbara Edwards on March 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Mother T,

    You were such a wonderful housemother. You looked so great in December when Jane and I visited. You’ll be the Top Angel!!

  4. Betty Kastner Haggart on March 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

    There never has been, nor ever will be a better Housemother than you. Memories, Memories!!
    We all loved you!
    Vitamins A,B & F
    (Alison, Betty and Fothergill)

  5. Lee Ann, Mark, John & Lizzie Elvig on March 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Margaret was the most gracious and kind woman we have ever met. She was a part of many of our most precious memories. We will forever be inspired by the way she lived.

  6. Jane Fothergill Radcliffe on March 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Mother “T” was a true angel. Everyone loved her…especially me. I met Mother “T” 45 years ago at the Pi Phi house and we remained good friends throughout those years. Thank you, Jon and Tom, for sharing your mom with all of us. I often told her she was the best housemother on “The Hill”. As Barbara E. said she really is “Top Angel”. From-Vitamin F of Vitamins A, B and F.

  7. Joe Traylor on March 30, 2010 at 12:00 am


    You are already missed so much. I find it truly incredible that you almost made it to see your oldest grandchild turn 40 this year! I have so many wonderful memories; making recorded tapes to send you when Lara and I were little, personalized Christmas ornaments each year, getting sick on your lap driving to Diamond lake, signing my letters to you “Down Town Charlie Brown” when I first learned to write, betting on the Super Bowl every year, and your plentiful cards,letters and conversations in which you always remembered not only us, but just as importantly, our children and pets every time we spoke! Your 100th birthday was an event to remember and one I will never forget. I love you very much and know you have found peace in Heaven.



  8. Ann Cochrum on April 5, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Still pondering and treasuring a life well-lived by my dear sweet Grandma Margaret.

    I remember her telling me that she liked praying the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. Her life modeled this prayer well.

    Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury,pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
    to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood as to understand;
    to be loved as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive;
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

    Grateful for her love and her example!

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