Matriarch of Canyon Lake’s Zingg family celebrates 89th birthday

Margie and three of her four children enjoy a tow on the river in Parker, Arizona. Pictured, from left, are Mike Zingg, Margie Zingg, Janice Zingg McCrory, and Tammy Kramer. Photo provided by Brenda Zingg Stewart.

Margie Zingg, the matriarch of Canyon Lake’s Zingg family, celebrated her 89th birthday with a family trip to the River Lodge in Parker, California, where she enjoyed boating, tubing, and spending time with her family.

Margie is the mother of four children, Mike Zingg, Janice Zingg McCrory, Clarence Zingg, and Tammy Kramer, and the grandmother of 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Many of her family members reside in Canyon Lake.

A Canyon Lake resident since 1977, Margie has been a member of just about every Canyon Lake Club. She served as the president of the Woman’s Golf Club in 1986 and has been swinging around the dance floor for more than 30 years as a member of the Canyon Lake Twirlers.

In 2016, Margie was crowned Ms. Elegant Lady at the Miss Canyon Lake Scholarship Pageant. Elegant Lady isn’t her first special title. Margie also has been crowned Mrs. Chili Pepper, Mrs. Oktoberfest, Mrs. California Sunshine, Mrs. Canyon Lake, and Citizen of the Year.

Margie began taking Taekwondo lessons at the tender age of 68, competing and winning awards at local and national events. She is a 2nd Degree Black Belt and a World Champion for ladies over 60 in Taekwondo.

At the age of 83, Margie won 3rd place in Weapons and a Spirit of the Games award at the 2015 American Taekwondo Association West Coast Tournament in Las Vegas.

In 2014, Margie married veteran John Williams, who served 26 years in the United States Marine Corps. John is the father of Margie’s daughter-in-law, Robyn Zingg. The two began dating after attending church together.


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