Marguerite Christensen Roberts McLeran was born May 20, 1917 in Moroni, Utah to John William Christensen Jr. and Sadie Bradley Christensen. She attended grade school and junior high in Spanish Fork, Utah. In 1932 her family moved to Provo where she was a student at B.Y. High School and Brigham Young University in the School of Music. She was a gifted and accomplished violinist, studying under LeRoy Robertson.
She married William J. Roberts in 1939, later divorced. She held a private pilot's license in the 1940s', and in 1948 married fellow flying enthusiast, Hugh McLeran. Hugh died in 1968. But her main interests throughout her long life were environmental concerns, wildlife and animal welfare. She had made homes in Arcata, Palm Springs and Long Beach, California, and Bountiful and Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a long time resident of St. Joseph's Villa.
She died peacefully January 4, 2012. She is survived by two sisters; Irene Love (William S.) Cupertino, California, and Miriam Bushnell, Salt Lake City, and the following nieces and nephews: Christopher Love, Salt Lake City, Elizabeth Antonelli, Provo, Frederic Love, Salt Lake City, Shaun Humphries, Provo and Stacey Segura, Glendora, California.