Margaret Helen Fleagle
19 March, 1926 – 2 November, 2020
Margaret Helen Lester Fleagle
Margaret Helen Lester Fleagle, Age 94 of Temple, Texas died on November 2, 2020, after a brief illness. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Walker, Minnesota. Burial will be in the family plot, Evergreen Cemetery in Walker, Minnesota. Scanio-Harper Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements in Temple with Northern Peace Funeral Home in Walker, Minnesota. Ms. Fleagle was born in Walker, Minnesota on March 19, 1926 to Margaret and Ivan Lester. She graduated from Walker High School in 1944, from the College of St. Catherine’s School of Nursing in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1947, the University of Minnesota’s Department of Nurse Anesthesia and from Ottawa University in Kansas City, Kansas with a degree in education. As an operating room nurse and supervisor she worked at Au Gwan Ching, Minnesota, and St. Mary’s Hospital, Minnesota. While at St. Mary’s she established an accredited school for student nurse anesthetists and served as its first director. In 1956, she was commissioned a Captain in Army Nurse Corps and served in Texas, California, West Germany and Beirut, Lebanon. As a civilian she was a member of the anesthesia staff of Scott and White Hospital, Temple, Texas for 10 years and retired as Chief Nurse Anesthetist from the V.A. Medical Center in Temple, Texas. She was an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist in Minnesota and Texas. Ms. Fleagle was a member of St Luke Catholic Church, Temple for over 45 years. Ms. Fleagle was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Harry and Stanley Lester and her sister, Mary Lester Blekicki and nephew, Jerry Lester and brother-in-law Frank Orton. She is survived by her sister, Lois Lester Orton of Walker, Minnesota along with three generations of Nieces and Nephews. Among them are Nephews James, William, Stanley Lester, and Timothy Orton of Walker, also Nieces Linda Lester Ryski of the Minneapolis Area and Susan Orton Seep of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. Memorials may be made to St. Luke Catholic Church or Temple Public Library.
Margaret Helen Fleagle
November 21, 2020
I just learned of the passing of Margaret Fleagle& I am so sorry for your loss. She was my friend & mentor. She was my guide to becoming a nurse anesthetist & I loved her very much. She was my role model & I feel very proud to have known her. Pam Smith CRNA
November 5, 2020
I worked with Margaret for several years in the operating room at Temple VAMC. Margaret was an excellent CRNA and I enjoyed getting to know her. She often spoke of Minnesota, cold winters, and lakes, lots of lakes.
To her family, God bless you.
Margaret, Rest In Peace.
George Bush, RN