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Margaret Maxwell

March 9, 2019 GMT

Margaret B. Maxwell, 94, of Watseka, passed away Jan. 26, 2019, at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

She was born March 11, 1924, in Sand Ridge on the family farm outside of Piper City, the daughter of John Samuel and Sara Jane (Carmichael) Blevins.

Margaret married Clifford Maxwell on June 2, 1946, in Piper City. He preceded her in death Oct. 29, 1991. She also was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; four sisters; and one son, Samuel Maxwell.

Surviving are one daughter, Phyllis Jones, of St. Robert, Mo.; six grandchildren, Samuel (Kelli Bronson) Maxwell, Amie (Ed) Tungate, Beth Wilken, Mathugh Wilken, Maxwell Jones and Katherine Adams; 11 great-grandchildren; along with many cousins, nieces and one nephew.

Mrs. Maxwell was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Watseka, lifetime member of Order of Eastern Star and the Iroquois County Historical and Geneological Society. She had traced her ancestry back to the 1700s. She was a Realtor for 33 years, retiring at the age of 80.

Her interests included gathering with neighbor women and making quilts by hand. Margaret enjoyed gardening, canning and working with flowers, especially roses and blue hydrangeas that her son gave her “to match her blue eyes.” She was a lay leader at the Cissna Park Methodist Church and taught Sunday school. Margaret held fast to her faith and loved to read her Bible.

Margaret treasured the many friends she met during the years. She was blessed to host many family gatherings and enjoyed her birthday parties. She loved to play euchre, checkers and bingo and was an avid Cubs fan. Margaret was a farmer’s wife and worked side by side with her husband.

Memorial visitation will be from 9 a.m. Monday, March 11, until the 10 a.m. memorial service at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka, with the Rev. Robert Sabo officiating. Eastern Star services will be conducted during the visitation. Burial will follow in Brenton Township Cemetery, Piper City.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Resident Home Activities, Iroquois County Historical Society, Iroquois Memorial Hospice or First United Methodist Church, Watseka.

The family “wishes to thank Heritage Woods, Iroquois Resident Home and Iroquois Memorial Hospice team, especially Becky. They provided encouragement, hope and tender loving care to our mother in her last few months before going home.”

Please sign her online guestbook knappfuneralhomes.com.

(Pd)