Margaret Elizabeth Cousins Flake passed away peacefully in her Snowflake home on February 12, 2021. She was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 24, 1937, to Robert and Elizabeth Cousins. Her father lost his life while serving in the Canadian Army in World War II and her mother raised Margaret and her older brother John on a War Widows Pension. Margaret attended Toronto City schools and finished high school trained in secretarial work.
Following high school, the Cousins family moved to Utah, where Margaret and John enrolled at Brigham Young University in Provo and both graduated trained as teachers. While at BYU, Margaret met and married David K. Flake of Snowflake, Arizona, and upon completion of their schooling, they moved to the Navajo Reservation where they lived and worked for the next thirty-five years.
While David was the breadwinner, Margaret’s desire was to be a good mother. She wanted four children and he wanted five. All their children were desired in turn and when her childbearing years were over, they each got their wish with nine children, each one loved as they came along. Margaret also helped to supplement David’s teacher’s salary early on by being a Tupperware lady and after her youngest was in school, doing substitute teaching. Mostly she was happy being a good mom. She also gave a lifetime of service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving a variety of callings as a leader and teacher of children, youth, cub scouts, relief society and Ward Librarian. After retirement, she served a full-time church mission in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband David.
Margaret is survived by her husband, David; children, David V. (Jacqueline), Gordon (Pakayvanh), Elizabeth (Joseph Enfield), Russell (Sandra), Alan, Cathaleen, Patricia (Robert Guevara), Rebecca (Steven Brinkerhoff), and Robert; 21 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren, with a 6th expected in July; and her older brother John (Jack) Cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister-in-law, Suzanne Cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 20, 2021, at the Main Street Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Snowflake, Arizona, with a viewing at 1:00 pm.
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