Sara Margaret Deason, age 95, went home to her Heavenly Father on July 24, 2018.

Sara Margaret Deason, age 95, went home to her Heavenly Father on July 24, 2018.

She was born in Hannibal on Dec. 15, 1922, to William Bert and Gladys Deny Mattoon. She was the oldest of one brother and two sisters. She graduated from Hannibal High School in 1940.

She married George Billheimer Deason on June 21, 1949. They had two children, Margaret Lynn Gundling of Taylor Ridge, Ill., and George Benjamin Deason of Berthoud, Colo.

They lived in Oregon while George served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. They then moved to Kirksville, while George attended the Missouri State Teachers College. They decided to settle in their home town of Hannibal. Besides being a mother and homemaker, Sara worked part-time as a bookkeeper for the Pennywell Oil Company. She later worked full-time for the Farmers and Merchants Bank. She moved on to be the Deputy Tax Collector for the city of Hannibal, working at City Hall. Sara and her husband owned The Huntin’ Hut, and she worked there tirelessly until 1983. She and George were members of the Arch Street United Methodist Church and belonged to many service organizations, including the Hannibal Boat Club, the Hannibal Elks Club, the Hannibal Kings Daughters Organization and the Hannibal Country Club. She enjoyed playing bridge, boating on the Mississippi River, and kept very busy socializing with their friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, Mary Englehardt and Carolyn James, and brother, Harold Mattoon.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret (Jon) Gundling; and son, Ben (Nancee) Deason; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and countless nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at Arch United Methodist Church in Hannibal at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the church. There will be a reception following the service. Inurnment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.