Montrose

Margaret Emily Frank (Mocko)

Margaret Emily (Mocko) Frank, formerly of Montrose, CO, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 28, 2019, in Columbus, GA.

Margaret was born on March 17, 1984, in Gettysburg, PA to John and Suzy (Malavasic) Mocko.  She was the youngest of six siblings, and was the quintessential youngest child.  From the moment she was born, she brought joy and light into the world.  Margaret was blessed with strength, sass and a quick wit from early on.  She leaves behind a hole so large in her parents’ and siblings’ hearts, words cannot describe the grief they feel.

Her family moved to Montrose, Colorado in 1996, and Margaret graduated from Montrose High School in 2002.  She married her high school sweetheart and they had a son, Trace, who was Margaret’s entire world.  Margaret was a fierce mother, whose undying love for her son will be indelible in the minds and hearts of those who know and love her. Trace was Margaret’s eternal best friend, and they share an unbreakable bond that her death will not sever.

In 2010, Margaret started her own business selling hair accessories, and eventually developed a headband design of her own, the “Knot Twisted”.  Over the past nine years, and a storefront in Hickory, NC, and countless markets, Margaret met many people, and she touched each one of their lives in a special way.  She was proud of her business and the friends she made as a result.

In 2016, during a tornado, Margaret met the love of her life, Matthew Frank.  He sat in a bathroom with her because she was too scared to go outside, and that is when Margaret knew he was the one for her.  On their fourth date, Margaret broke her ankle, because she had a propensity for falling down, and Matt took care of her and drove her all the way back to Colorado in time for her niece’s graduation, and that is when the family knew that he was the one for Margaret.  They married shortly after, and Margaret became stepmother to Elliot and Tommy.  Though their time together was too short, Margaret loved Matt and her new family immensely.

Margaret, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, Lady Boss, maker, creative entrepreneur and slinger of headbands, was many things to so many of us, and her larger-than-life personality, laughter, hugs, friendship and love will be missed by all.

Margaret leaves behind her husband Matthew Frank, son Trace Chaney, stepsons Elliot and Tommy Frank, parents, Suzy Malavasic and John & Caroline Mocko, siblings Suzanne & Tony Catalfomo, Kara Mocko, John Mocko, David & Krasi Mocko, and Lindsay & Brandon Wiley.  Precious and special to her were nieces and nephew, Abby & Alina Sturgess, Emma & Callie Holcomb, Mikey and Svetlana Mocko, as well as her aunts, uncles and cousins, and friends as countless as the stars.

Viewing hours will be held from 2-4 pm on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Crippin Funeral Home in Montrose, CO.  Funeral service will be held at Grace Community Church, Montrose, CO on Monday, October 7, 2019, at 10:00 am and internment following at Grandview Cemetery, Montrose, CO.   The family will receive visitors, and those who want to share their stories and love for Margaret are also welcome to attend a reception after the burial at the Holiday Inn Event Center in Montrose at 1 pm on Monday, October 7, 2019.

Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be designated to Margaret Mocko Frank Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank to benefit Margaret’s son, Trace Chaney, or to Margaret’s favorite charity Amazing Gracie’s Gift Foundation (www.amazinggraciesgift.org).  Amazing Gracie’s Gift Foundation is an organization that is dedicated to provide support, hope, and memories to families fighting pediatric cancer or a life threatening illness. The Foundation was established by Margaret’s cousins Geoff and Lisa (Mocko) Lawton as a way to honor their daughter Gracie who died of cancer before she was two years old.

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