OBITUARY

Maghen Marie Waterkotte

October 6, 1983January 4, 2021
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Maghen Marie (nee Petty) Waterkotte passed away peacefully after a courageous 13 month fight against sarcoma cancer. She was 37 years old.

Maghen was the devoted wife of Steven Waterkotte, loving mother of Scarlett and Eli; cherished daughter of Bret and Sharlotte Petty; dear sister of Preston (Kirsten) Petty; daughter-in-law of Rocky and Sandy Waterkotte; sister-in-law of Daniel (Lauren) and Eric Waterkotte, and Stacy (Dan) Benoist; loving niece, great-niece, cousin, aunt, and a friend to many.

Maghen was born in Norman, Oklahoma on October 6, 1983 to Bret and Sharlotte Petty. She was baptized at Trinity Baptist Church in Ada, Oklahoma and was a devout Christian and served her Lord. She graduated from Byng High School in 2002, and the University of Oklahoma in 2006 with highest honors. She graduated with her Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2009 with honors. Maghen was employed by Edward Jones in St. Louis, Missouri as Associate General Counsel.

She met her husband, Steve, in law school and the two married in 2010 in Ft. Myers, Florida. Together they have two beautiful children. Her passions were her family first and foremost. She loved to work out, travel with her family and friends, and was a passionate sports fan, especially Oklahoma football.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all services are private. The family is being served by Hoffmeister South County Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Maghen's memory made to The Sarcoma Foundation of America are greatly appreciated.

Please leave your favorite memory of Maghen for her family to cherish at the "Add a Memory" link below.

The Funeral service will be livestreamed on our Facebook page. Please see the link below "join livestream" on Friday, January 8th at 2pm CST.

Services

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    Friday, January 8, 2021

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  • Committal Service - Friday

    Friday, January 8, 2021

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Susan Chambers

January 9, 2021

I remember the first time I ever saw Maghen. It was when I first met the Petty family. Sharlotte and I were teaching and Bret was coaching at Whitebead. It was the first day of school that year. Preston was scared to go to preschool by himself and he wanted his big sister to walk him to his class. I remember being touched with the especially close relationship she and Preston had, and knew that Maghen was a sweet spirit and had such a good heart. It noticed their relationship many times as I watched them grow and was always impressed with the way they were devoted to one another as kids. I wanted that same relationship for my own children.
I have memories of a ski trip our families took together with a group from Whitebead, and of how much fun we all had together.
I have another special memory of Sharlotte and I going with our mutual friend Tina Williamson to take all of our kids to see Sesame Street Live in OKC. Maghen wasn't interested in Sesame Street, as she was a little older than all the other kids, but she never complained. Instead, she was very helpful with the younger ones. After the Pettys moved to Ada, I didn't see them for several years. Eventually, I was blessed to reconnect with the Pettys, as I found myself working with Sharlotte again in Purcell. I only saw Maghen a couple of times after that. Once was at her wedding shower. She was so beautiful and so excited to be marrying the love of her life. I just remember her big, beautiful smile and her laughter at that shower.

Meghen's life was too short, but she made a lasting impression on everyone she met. Maghen made this world a brighter place.
Much love and many prayers of comfort for her family.

Jenn Tupps

January 9, 2021

A dear friend was laid to rest today. Sickness is scary; the possibility of loss is scary...life is scary. But love is bigger than our fears. Rest well, Maghen. ❤️

Jenn Tupps

January 9, 2021

We met fifteen years ago as law clerks and became fast friends. She was a bolt of lightning: beautiful, witty, fun, sparkly, athletic, brave, loyal, sweet, and whipsmart. She made me go to the gym with her; she made me go out at night with her...she made me run a marathon with her! She quite literally forced me to come out of my shell and have fun. After law school, I was bummed when Steve whisked her off to St. Louis, but she was so happy with him. They had two precious children and built their life. While we were in different states, we kept in touch, visiting as she & Steve would come to OU games and home for holidays. She later told me that she avoided telling me about her cancer for a few months because she didn’t want me to worry - me! She was worried about me when she was ill!!! That’s just how she was though.
My dear friend Maghen Waterkotte fought Epithelioid Sarcoma bravely and valiantly for over a year, and now sleeps in the Peace of Christ. May, you embraced life tightly and lived it to the fullest, and I am so lucky that you grabbed my hand and dragged me alongside you for so many adventures. I love you always. ❤️ Rest easy, MayMay.

Shana Arend

January 8, 2021

Heaven gained an angel with the most beautiful eyes, a smile that could light up any room and the cutest small town accent you’ve ever heard! By chance, Maghen and I became roommates our freshman year at OU and continued to live together for the next 3 years. She had a love for basketball and somehow managed to get me to watch Duke games with her. To this day, if I’m flipping through the channels and see JJ Reddick on the court I stop to watch. Over the years, our family would drive to STL to catch a Cardinals game which would give us the chance to visit with Maghen, Steve and the kids. We always said after each visit we forgot to get pictures! So when we went to see her in October for the STL Sarcoma Run we made sure to get one. I am so grateful we were able to spend this day together.

Tammy Dillard

January 8, 2021

I had only a few conversations with Maghen - all on the topic of Scarlett Grace starting kindergarten. If only every child could have a mama so thorough in asking all the questions and ensuring the best possible plan. My heart breaks for our precious friends and all of Maghen's family.

"May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." Numbers 6: 24-26

Dean Nichols

January 8, 2021

Maghen and I worked together. She was an amazing attorney. We tried a case together. During the trial, I nudged her trying to non-verbally communicate that she should object. Although it took a few seconds, she objected, and it was sustained. After winning that trial, we laughed about that moment for months. She always had a smile on her face and I enjoyed getting to know her and practicing law with her. She will be missed.

Jacob Grasmick

January 8, 2021

All the times we skied together, all the chitchats over drinks, all the laughs we shared - One of my recent favorites would have to be the time I was towing Maghen's brother, Preston, in an innertube on the boat at Lake Granby, doing the tightest figure 8's I could to try and get Preston thrown off the tube. Maghen and I we laughing so hard together! Will miss Maghen a lot, and will always cherish the times I got to spend with her.

Bill & Mary Jo Gannon

January 8, 2021

Steve and family, we are so sorry for your loss and are hearts just hurt. A day didn't pass when Meghan wasn't in our prayers and we will continue to pray for her and the entire family. We were blessed to know her and she will leave a lasting impression on us and everyone who knew her.

Natalie Higgins

January 8, 2021

I can remember the very first time I met Maghen. I was a new associate at a firm downtown. I was nervous and trying to get acclimated in a world where I was one of the youngest (and inexperienced) people in the office. Mag strolled into my office, introduced herself. She was beautiful. She was smart. She was both young and confident. If she could handle the job then so could I. It was hard not to be impressed by her.

I like to think we were kindred spirits from the beginning. She left to go in-house after a few years together at the firm. I followed suit shortly thereafter. I remember calling her when I got my job offer and her telling me, “I love my life and I know you will do. Just do it.” Her confidence was contagious.

Mag and I shared lots of interests together over the years but the top of our list were traveling, exercising, and being moms. Three pregnancies between the two of us. Three baby showers. We traveled together – Maghen and I always loved an adventure. We once hiked 11 miles with Scarlett bouncing between the two of us in a carrier. I would say we planned it that way but we both knew we took a wrong turn around eight miles in. We loved to go to pilates classes together. Maghen always did the harder variations so I had to also (obviously). She pushed me to be stronger. Work out dates with our kids was the norm. We had a running (workout/eating healthy) accountability text for the entire year before she was diagnosed with another girlfriend of ours. She was a bad ass and mentally tough as nails. I will always, always miss her push.

Mag and I traveled together as much as busy, working moms could. We went to Miami, the Lake of the Ozarks, Manhattan and even some staycations where we just went to Chase and had “Mom’s New Year’s Eve”. We went to a cheesy karaoke bar together and had way too much fun people watching. We had coffee dates at our homes so the kids could play. We saw Garth Brooks together last year- and, of course, sang every song at the to

Lindsay Kates

January 8, 2021

I remember when we played basketball in high school and Maghen’s shoulder would dislocate. She never wanted any help, she would just yell really loud then pop it back in herself. 😜

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