Margaret Carolyn Ladwig Lane passed peacefully on June 12, 2017 surrounded by loving friends and family. Margot, as she liked to be called, was born in St Louis, Missouri on January 12, 1939. The Ladwig family moved to Colorado Springs in 1952. Frank Ladwig, her father, started a foundry and Margot and her brother Frank attended North Junior and Colorado Springs High School. She met her future husband John E. Lane (1936-2005) in junior high and at First Presbyterian Church. Margot attended the University of Colorado, and then married John as he began his service in the United States Army. While they were stationed in Gelnhausen, Germany, they had two children, David and Bruce Lane. The family then moved back to the United States and had a third son, Philip. In 1971, the family moved to Colorado Springs to work in John's family business: Lane Sales Inc, the local Pepsi-Cola Bottler. Under John and Margot's leadership, the business expanded into Arizona and New Mexico. Over the years they were very active in the national bottling community. Margot graduated from UCCS in 1982 with a B.A. in History.
In 2011, at a Colorado Springs High School class reunion, Margot became reacquainted with former classmate, John Francis. After a whirlwind courtship, they married in 2013. Her family happily grew to include John Francis's family; his two daughters Tina and Sylvia and their husbands and children. What a blessing to find not one, but two true loves with whom to share her life!
Margot loved Colorado Springs. An energetic and committed booster for the community, Margot was president of the Junior League in the late 70s, and served on the boards of many community organizations, including the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, First Presbyterian Church, Young Life and many more. She won a Partners in Philanthropy award in 2012 and earned an Unstoppable Woman award in 2013. Her presence will continue to be felt through the John and Margot Lane Foundation.
Always lively and delightful, Margot may have been the inspiration for the phrase "life of the party!" She loved traveling the world and meeting new people. One highlight was a hole-in-one while golfing in Ireland at Bally Bunion Golf Course in 1995 witnessed by her son, Philip Lane and daughter-in-law, Dr. Anita Lane.
After reviving the caddies, Margot enthusiastically offered to buy the entire country of Ireland a pint of Guiness!
Margot was a sincerely devoted Christian. Her faith carried her through many hardships, including the loss of her son Bruce and her first husband John. It also inspired her to incredible grace, generosity and compassion for others. In times of hardship, all Margot's friends knew they could count on her. It is comforting for all of us to know she is reunited with her loved ones in heaven.
Margot is survived by her husband, John Francis, her son, David Lane and his wife, Leesa Lane, their children, Andrea and Spencer; her son Philip, his wife, Dr. Anita Lane, their daughters Casey, Sydney and Marni; step daughter Tina Dorn, her husband Herb, their children, Kelso and Alister; step daughter Sylvia Dyke and her husband Kyle, their children Jensen and Morgan Rose. She will also be greatly missed by her brother Frank Ladwig, his daughter Jill Ladwig and son Terry Ladwig and his wife Stephanie. Margot's brother-in-law Ed Lane and sister-in-law, Marilyn Lane, and good friend Donna Hansford have been privileged to know and benefit from her love, vitality and generosity.
There will be a visitation at Swan Law Funeral Home on Thursday, June 15 from 4-7 pm. The service will be at First Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 16 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Young Life, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or the charity of your choice