Margaret Anne Whitley, 70, of Saverton, Mo., died at 12:02 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at the Landmark Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Saverton-Ilasco United Methodist Church in Ilasco, Mo. Rev. John Hayes will officiate. Inurnment will be at Centenary Cemetery in rural Ralls County, Mo., at a later date.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.
Mrs. Whitley was born Sept. 17, 1942, in Hannibal to Elmer and Marie Hartwig Eckert.
She was married to Carl E. Whitley on April 28, 1961. He survives.
Other survivors include her daughters, Michelle Whitley and Angela Sorrell (Gary); her sister, Karen Eckert; her grandson, Deland Whitley (Whitney Quinn); and her great-grandchildren, Brynna Whitley and Carson Riley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Charles Eckert; and her sister, Lovina Meier.
Margaret was always involved with church. She was a member of the Saverton-Ilasco United Methodist Church. She helped with numerous activities within the church over the years. She was always a "giver." Sacrificing things for others well being was what made her feel accomplished. Seeing others happy made her happy. Margaret had previously worked at Western Printing, Tempo, Cosmoflex and Murphy Motors, all of Hannibal. She enjoyed cooking, watching and listening to birds, and planting flowers. She had also played softball and volleyball for many years. She also enjoyed mushroom hunting in the spring. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with loved ones.
She enjoyed the simple things in life because they are what really mattered to her, faith, family, friends, and being a neighbor to many. Her goodness and kindness will forever be stamped on our hearts.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lester Anderson, Art Hubbard, Robert Wienhoff, Tom Murphy, Bobby Roach and Kip Robison.
Memorials may be made to the family, in care of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be made, and a video tribute may be viewed at, www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.