A COLORADO LIFE
Adams County volunteer tireless
Denver Post, The
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Author: Virginia Culver ; Denver Post Staff Writer
Marie Margit was known to thousands of people for the meals she and her sister, Carol Snyder, put together for Adams County Fair patrons.
And they didn't serve hot dogs. They served three meals a day, with such main courses as steaks and ribs, for more than 10 years. The fair kitchen was open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the fair lasted more than a week. One year, they made a profit of $35,000, and it all went to 4-H groups.
Margit died Sept. 7, barely a month after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She was 68.
Margit volunteered for numerous Adams County activities: 30 years on the Adams County Fair board, and years on the 4-H committee and the parade committee. She exhibited her paintings at the fair, and she and her husband, Steve, helped design and plant the flower gardens at the county fairgrounds.
She also painted china, made ceramics, played the piano, cooked Swedish food - such as meatballs, butter cookies, pickled herring and potato sausage - and was active in the Vasa Order of America, a Swedish fraternal organization.
All this, and she had a job, too. She worked for Qwest as a tax-
mapping specialist for more than 33 years, responsible for mapping every underground cable that was installed.
Margit was an immovable Democrat and worked on each of Snyder's political campaigns, all successful: Northglenn City Council, four terms in the state legislature and her current position as Adams County clerk and recorder.
"She'd lick envelopes or go door to door and tell people: 'This is my sister. You need to vote for her,"' said Snyder, laughing.
"She never wanted to run for office and wondered why I did," said Snyder, of Thornton. "Sometimes, I wondered that too."
"Marie was a solid, dependable person who believed in hard work," said her sister.
Margit never tired of endless meetings, sometimes attending several a day.
"Other people would be tired after one," Snyder said.
Marie Hulstrom was born July 30, 1937, in Pueblo and moved to Adams County as a child. She graduated from Brighton High School .
She married Steve Margit of Brighton in 1957. They lived in Brighton until 1963, when they moved to Northglenn. He died in 2003.
In addition to her sister, Margit is survived by two daughters, Elise Cornett of Brighton and Sheri Gloyd of Bullhead City, Ariz.; two brothers, Bill Smith of Broomfield and Butch Hulstrom of Sumner, Wash.; another sister, Shirley Reynolds of Edmond, Okla.; and three grandsons.
Staff writer Virginia Culver can be reached at 303-820-1223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.