Margaret Louise Prine

Margaret Louise Prine, 94 died Thursday, November 30, 2017.  She was born Margaret Louise Bolle on March 20, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to Dr. Harry Albert Bolle and Mabel Virginia Hegberg-Bolle. After having lived in Kansas for several years, Margaret moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming and attended McCormick & Cheyenne High Schools.  She graduated the University of Wyoming in 1943 with BA and 1947 with a Master’s in English.  During her education, she was awarded numerous honors and participated in various activities on the campus and throughout the Laramie community, including but not limited to Mortor Board, Student Senate and Kappa Kappa Gamma President.  She stayed active in the local chapter as Advisor or House Board for over 70 years. On February 26, 1944, she married Elmo L Prine in Pasadena, California, prior to his deployment overseas.  They had four sons, all born in Laramie.

Margaret remained active in and outside the communities in which she resided, including Woman’s Club and PEO, and served on numerous boards including the board of Trustees for Bacone College for three years.  She worked as a professor at the University of Wyoming and was always a fan supporter and sponsor of sports and arts at the University.  She was a substitute teacher in the Laramie Public Schools.  During the 60’s, she spoke at the United Nation on Women’s rights in the world.

Margaret loved to be around family and worked with her family in the summers on the Ram’s Horn Guest Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming, of which she owned, managed and operated for nearly 70 years. While in Dubois she was active in the Artist Guild and Dubois Museum.

She was also an active and devoted member of the First Baptist Church and the wider Baptist community.  She held many prestigious positions within the Baptist organizations, to include but ton limited to have served as the President of the American Baptist Churches USA for 1984 and 1985, and visiting missions in many countries of the world during her tenure.

She was an artist and a published writer.  She loved to travel, and with family and friends had trip to countries on 6 continents, as well as across the USA.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents; sister Flora Mae Bolle; husband Elmo L. Prine and sons Jeffrey Lloyd Prine and Jon Breton Prine.  She is survived by sons Craig Albert Prine (Cheyenne, WY), Mark Edmund Prine (Billings, MT), four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for Margaret Prine on December 8, 2017 at 11am at the First Baptist Church located at 1517 East Canby Street, Laramie, Wyoming.  The service will be officiated by Pastor Jeffrey Lundblad.  Arrangements are made by Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Laramie First Baptist Church, American Baptist Mission Societies, American Baptist Women’s Ministries, Dubois Museum or philanthropies of your choice.

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Condolences (10)

  • Sharon Wade

    Margaret was kind to me. She will be missed.

  • Walter and Mildred Hickman

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of our friend, Margaret. We had the privilege of working with Margaret at First Baptist Laramie. She was a faithful, dependable member. Every project, presentation and event was done in stellar fashion, with warmth and compassion as well. Our condolences to Craig and Mark. Sincerely, Dr. Walter and Mildred Hickman

  • Gwen Davis Lilliott

    Margaret and Ike were such good church friends of my parents, Gordon and Mary Davis, and I particularly remember their devotion to the youth group at the church. We spent untold hours in their company and in their home as high school students. I’ve been exchanging Christmas cards with Margaret for many years, and being unaware of her recent death, I had just mailed off this year’s card yesterday. She was a wonderful warm friend, and will be greatly missed.

  • John Baker and Landra Rezabek

    Craig, Mark (and family), your mother was an amazing lady. Our sincere condolences.

  • Anonymous

    When Margaret was president of American Baptist Churches in 1983-84, she welcomed me warmly to my first General Board meeting (I was an observer to the meeting, representing ABW), from the podium, and it was clear that she had learned something about me to share when she introduced me. That was my introduction to Margaret, too. I've appreciated her warm collegiality and support for American Baptist Women's Ministries through the years. She was and is a blessing! --Virginia Holmstrom, Executive Director of American Baptist Women's Ministries

  • Susan Larsen

    It was such a pleasure and a privilege to live next door to the Prine family for over 30 years. They were such good neighbors and I hope we were good to them as well. Much love to all of the family. I imagine Margaret was welcomed into the next life by many relatives and friends and that they enjoyed a wonderful reunion. Susan Larsen

  • Kathi Dunn

    Craig, we are thinking of you at this difficult time and enveloping you in our love. Your mom has been a wonderful "mom"and friend to Michael over many years. She will be missed.

  • Robin O’Dea

    My aunt Margaret was a special person and I loved her very much. She was a great inspiration and she will live in my heart forever💗

  • Pam Lucey

    Heartfelt sympathy from the Lucey family. We enjoyed meeting Margaret and spending time with her at the ranch. She was a good friend of our aunt, Myrtle Lucey Coleman, who died in September at the age of 95. They were both wonderful women. Their legacy will live on.

  • Wyoming Public Radio/Media

    The staff of Wyoming Public Radio send condolences in the death of Margaret Louise Prime. She was an extraordinary lady and friend to many -- and a real asset to our city. She will be missed. We appreciate her on-going support of Wyoming Public Radio! Cindy Elrod Broadcast assistant