Marguerite set high standards

Marguerite Bothof had a flair about her.

The longtime Sibley business owner, who operated a namesake store 1961-92, is being remembered for her dedication to proving customers with attractive, affordable, comfortable clothing and her efforts to bolster downtown Sibley. She died July 2 at the age of 95.

Bothof learned the retail business at stores in Sheldon before opening her own shop. She marketed dresses, swimwear, hats and more, always keeping up with trends and proving items that customers sought in a small town in this corner of Iowa. Bothof built a business that customers grew to depend on, and she did it with a feel for fashion.

Her niece, Amy Van Marel, took ownership of Marguerite’s when Bothof retired. She said her aunt held herself to high standards in and out of the store.

“Whatever she did, she did it to her best,” Klein said. “Whether it was her home, her garden, her work, and she loved her family.”

That is a legacy all of us could aspire to, and one Bothof achieved.

And she did it in style.