Margot was born to Paul and Jeanne Leininger in Rueil Malmaison, France on June 8, 1925. Her parents survived both World Wars and her father served in the French Resistance Calvary during World War I where he earned a medal of distinction and valor. Margot was the third of four children and was preceded in death by older brothers Robert and Roger and younger brother Maurice. Her formative years were spent in France during World War II. The family endured many hardships during this time and she relayed numerous stories where they often had little to eat and had to burn treasured family heirlooms to stay warm in winter. She often spoke of a much loved family pet that had to be put down, as they could not spare food to feed him and Margot was found giving her rations to the dog. It was in February 1945 when she met her future husband, Marlyn C. “Mike” Augustine (deceased) who was an American pilot in the Army Air Corps. He and a friend were scouring the countryside looking for fresh eggs when they came upon a pretty French girl on a bike with a flat tire. After a brief romance they married in November 1945. They continued living in Europe after the war where their first two children were born, John in 1946 and Annie in 1947. Eventually they moved briefly to Iowa where their third child, Gregory (deceased) was born in 1951. Shortly after his birth they moved to Phoenix where Mike started out as a cotton farmer, but eventually made his living primarily as a real estate investor, developer and broker. Two more children followed; Domino in 1953 and Jeffery in 1963.
Margot was an exceptional cook and she had studied for a time at the Cordon Bleu in Paris. She was a stylish and elegant woman who was famous for her lavish meals, beautiful table settings and flowers and interior design. She was the Grand Dame of her family, which also includes numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister in law, nieces and nephews, both here and in France. Her love of animals, especially dogs, continued her entire life and her dog Buddy was at her side when she died peacefully at her Phoenix residence on September 13, 2017. Her caregiver and companion, Mariana Popa, was a devoted friend and whose dedication and patience was greatly appreciated by Margot’s family. The family would also like to acknowledge Linda Owlsley, Mike and Margot’s long time bookkeeper and friend, who has tirelessly given of her time and expertise.
A celebration of Margot’s life will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017. If you wish to attend please contact the family for details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley or the Humane Society of the White Mountains. Margot truly lived a beautiful and often adventurous life and she will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Au revoir, Margot. Nous t’aimons.Print Obituary & Condolences