She was born on a farm west of Bedford, Iowa on October 31, 1926 to Virgil and Mary (Livingston) Putnam.
Margaret attended the Bedford Public Schools and graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1944. She took normal training in high school and after graduating she taught in a one room school for two years. In 1946 she attended Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville where she met her college sweetheart Don Trout who was with a group of World War II Veterans attending college on the G.B. Bill. They were married on June 6, 1948 in the Bedford Methodist Church. To this union was born Robert Lynn and James Donald.
Following their marriage, she taught 1st and 2nd grades in Bedford. Margaret and Don taught in Galt and Osborn, Missouri before moving to St. Joseph, Missouri where she taught at Mark Twain, Hall, and Pershing schools. She was an excellent Kindergarten teacher and was able to manage large classes of "baby boomers." She was an accomplished violinist having played in high school and college orchestras.
Mrs. Trout was a member of Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Joseph where she sang in the Chancel Choir, taught Sunday School, served on numerous committees, and was past president of the United Methodist Women group and the Guy Harden Sunday School class.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, James Donald.
Survivors: husband, Don of the home; son, Robert Trout (Marie), Grain Valley, Missouri; sister, Mary Lou Jackson (Duane), St. Joseph, Missouri; brother, Howard Putnam (Kris), Sparks, Nevada; nephews, Mike Putnam (Robin), Wesley Chapel, North Carolina and Mark Jackson, Erbill, Iraq; nieces, Sue Putnam, Sparks, Nevada and Janet Olson (Dan), Tulsa, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Cristi and Todd Goforth, Overland Park, Kansas, and Stacie and Chris Ferrell, Liberty, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Brody and Lexie Goforth; and great-nephew, Lance Olson, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Services: 1:00 P.M. Saturday, Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 5:00 P.M. Friday. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church or donor's choice. Mrs. Trout will be removed from Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory to arrive at the church one hour prior to the service. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.