Margaret Ann (Shelton) Kozel Klein of Winchester, VA, 75, passed peacefully out of this life on Thursday, July 14, 2022. She bravely battled pancreatic cancer, enduring chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and more chemotherapy, all in her own sparkly, stylish flair.
Margaret was born in Columbus, GA, on August 30, 1946, to the late Gladys Elizabeth McMichael and Earnest Allen Shelton, Lt. Colonel (Ret.) US Army. She graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, class of 1964, and attended Columbus College and, later, Kennesaw State University. She married Frank Kozel III of Columbus, GA, (div. 1989), and later married Jerome “Jerry” Klein. Margaret was proud of her career as a secretary, and she retired as a paralegal from Solvay Pharmaceuticals in 2010. She enjoyed life and lived to brighten a room with her style, her smile and her laugh. She served the Republican Party of Georgia, traveled the world, loved any celebration with costumes and dancing, and thrived on overcoming challenges. She played the piano and learned Spanish; she sewed, painted, crafted, and crocheted. She was an avid reader, a Patriot, a faithful listener to the late Rush Limbaugh, and loved to create and style her own fashions. Her favorite saying was “I can do it.”
Margaret is survived by her daughters Elizabeth (Kozel) Gottfried of Raleigh, NC; Mary Margaret (Kozel) Headley (Mitch) of Newnan, GA; son Frank Kozel IV (Jennifer) of Marietta, GA; daughters Marie Alana (Kozel) Bosch (Greg) of St. Louis, MO; and Rosemary Ruth (Kozel) Powell (Jason) of Winchester, VA; grandchildren Brandon, Mary Layson, Cameron, Aaron and Dillon Gottfried; Madison, Mary Elizabeth and Mason Headley; Kayla and Chloe Kozel; Henry, Edward and Camilla Bosch; and Coleson, Brynley, Bryson and Landon Powell; brother Douglas Layson Shelton of Columbus, GA, and many cherished cousins and friends.
Margaret is preceded in death by her parents and husband Jerry.
A Celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at the Marietta Elks Lodge on Saturday, August 28, 2022 at 12pm. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Nita Knighton at [email protected]
In lieu of flowers, gifts of celebration and remembrance can be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street #405, Winchester, VA 22601.