NSS-Obituaries October 1997
1955 – 1997
Margaret Hart-Keys (NSS 9411) died Saturday
afternoon the 23
of August from the complications of Graft Versus Host Disease following
marrow transplant in July to arrest leukemia. Margaret was born on the 3rd
of May, 1955 in
When Margaret was diagnosed with leukemia a call went out over the caver network and many cavers from around the country donated blood and were tested as bone marrow donors, but no matches were found. Bone marrow from one of her brothers was eventually used. Her willingness and courage to participate in this experimental procedure was a major contribution to the cancer research community and will benefit many others cancer suffers. Margaret always had a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eye, and a joke in her heart. She enjoyed life. In addition to caving, she was active in bicycling, boat racing and orchid growing.
The last four years of Margaret’s life were not
easy for her
but were made happy by Peter Keys’ unwavering support. Her last few
a valiant struggle that gave inspiration to her friends and an added
her all too short life. She was a good lady, and the caving community,
our whole society, will be diminished by her loss. A memorial donation
name can may be made to the South Texas Cancer Institute.
Gill Ediger and friends