Margaret Stigers, a former cable TV executive who was programming director at KVIE Channel 6, died Dec. 29 of ovarian cancer, her family said. She was 70 and lived in Penryn.
Mrs. Stigers spent 23 years at KVIE, starting as a manager for cable Channel 7 in 1988. As programming director since 2000, she helped choose and schedule programs that aired on all KVIE channels.
She previously worked for CableData Home Theatre Network, an early pay-per-view system in Roseville, after settling in the Sacramento area in 1986. She started her career in the cable TV industry in 1979 as business manager at cable TV companies in New Jersey and Chicago. She went on to be director of customer services at cable TV companies in New York, New Jersey and Florida.
Margaret Ruth Young was born in 1941 in Capleville, Tenn. She was a past president of the Fair Oaks chapter of Inner Wheel, an organization of wives of Rotary Club members. She had two marriages that ended in divorce and is survived by her husband, Barry Stigers, morning news host for radio station KAHI in Auburn.
Diagnosed with cancer two years ago, she participated in a KVIE documentary, "Cancer Story," which is expected to be broadcast Feb. 15 on KVIE.
"She never wanted to go on camera," her husband said. "But she did it because she thought maybe her story could help someone else with cancer."
Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Theresa Williams Martinez of Penryn; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A celebration of life is planned for 1 to 3 p.m. today at Hanger 53 at the Auburn Airport.