Margaret "Shug" Jean Paulsen, 95, of O'Neill died Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Arbor Care Center in O'Neill.

Private family services will be at the Christ Lutheran Church in O'Neill. Pastor John Nelson will officiate. 

Burial will be in the Tilden City Cemetery in Tilden. 

Memorials may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church in O'Neill.

Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill is in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret was born on Sept. 1, 1924 to Vester and Alma (Matzen) Magwire on a farm southwest of Tilden. She was the sixth child of 10 consisting of five sisters and four brothers.

She attended country school eight miles southwest of Tilden through the eighth grade and graduated from Tilden High School in 1942. 

After graduation she taught at several country schools and kept books at the Corkle Farm Supply during the summers.

Shug married Edwin “Bud” Paulsen on April 1, 1951 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilden. They were married for 38 years before Bud passed away in 1989. They were blessed with four children Gary, Sandy, Cindy and Terry.

The couple moved to O’Neill in 1956 where she was a stay at home mom and worked for Avon while her children were attending school.  

Shug was an active member of the Christ Lutheran Church in O’Neill.  There Shug taught Sunday school and helped with the Church youth group. She also served on the Altar Committee, volunteered in the Hannah Book Store and belonged to the Quilting Club.

She loved to dance and enjoyed going to dances with Bud and their siblings and friends in their younger years. She was an avid gardener, had lots of beautiful flowers and enjoyed watching the Kansas City Royals and Nebraska’s volleyball and football teams. Her family was her greatest blessing in life and she enjoyed every minute she got to spend with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She looked forward to family reunions and being the "official" photographer. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Margaret "Shug" is survived by her four children Gary (Rose) Paulsen of Kearney, Sandy Paulsen (and Tony Backus) of Grand Island, Cindy Paulsen of O’Neill and Terry Paulsen of Omaha; four grandchildren Michael (Sarah) Esterling and Myla Esterling (and Jason Vergith), all of O’Neill, Tyler Paulsen of Lincoln and Jordan Paulsen of Kansas City, MO; four great-grandchildren Maegan Vergith, Michaela Vergith, Maccoy Vergith and Emma Esterling; one sister Irene Martin of Neligh; two sisters-in-law Colette Magwire and Maxine Magwire, both of Lincoln; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Edwin “Bud” Paulsen; four sisters Florence, Ruth, Marian and Euna; and four brothers Milan “Mike,” Raymond, Jack and Dean.     

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