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Margaret Carson: In Our Care – June 21, 2019

Margaret W. Carson, 98, died June 21, 2019, at Sunset Nursing Home, Maysville, MO, her home for the past year.

Margaret was born June 28, 1920, to Bessie (Leonard) and Mark E. Whiteaker on a farm near Weatherby, MO.

Margaret started school at Spring Grove, a one-room rural school, then to Warrensburg, MO, for a few years while her mother was obtaining her teaching degree, returning to Weatherby in the 4th grade and graduating Weatherby High School in 1938.

Margaret married Melvin Carson on March 11, 1939, in Olathe, KS, at the home of Judge Rogers whose son was the movie star, Buddy Rogers. They made their home in Kansas City, MO, where Margaret worked in the secretary pool at Lake City Arsenal and North American Aviation Plant, site of the B-25 bomber factory. When America entered WWII, the couple returned to Maysville, MO. Melvin joined the Navy and Margaret and infant son moved in with her family, a 2 bedroom apartment shared by 4 generations. Margaret worked at Farmer’s Bank for 10 years, attended Castor’s Beauty Academy, St Joseph, MO, graduating in 1954 and opened her own business, Carson’s Beauty Shop which she operated for the next 40 years, retiring in 1994.

Margaret was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and helped organize Women on Missions which was a small group but did great things for the Lord. She served on the DeKalb County Library Board and Sunset Nursing Home board.

She is preceded in death in 1998 by her husband Melvin, of 59 years, her parents, her brothers, daughters-in-law, Anna Carson and Barbara Carson and an infant granddaughter.

Margaret is survived by sons, John (Anne) Carson, Independence, MO, James Carson, Maysville, MO; daughters, Mary June (Jim) Hower, St Joseph, MO, SuEllen (Larry) McFee, Maysville, MO; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Margaret was a strong woman who worked hard all her life. She loved the Lord and was an encourager. Late in life (in her 80’s) Margaret began to applique quilts and excelled at Dutch embroidery. Her cards are a treasured gift to all who received them. She is loved greatly and missed by many.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Turner Family Funeral Home, Maysville, MO, with visitation one hour preceding. Burial following at Hopewell Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions: Hopewell Cemetery, Christian Chapel Cemetery, Women on Missions mission funds for Annie Armstrong/Lottie Moon, or donor’s choice.

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11 Responses to “Margaret Carson: In Our Care – June 21, 2019”

  1. Teresa Havens June 23, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mother was so blessed to have such an amazing family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  2. Sandra (McDonald) White June 24, 2019 at 1:25 am #

    My deepest and heart felt condolences to the family of this marvelous family. You were all her greatest blessing. I remember her so well from my growing up years in Maysville. She was the sweetest lady ever. She always cut my hair and at one time I was her guinea while she was doing her schooling to become a beautician. I remember one evening she, your dad and I had treked to St. Joe for a instructional ‘do’ and were caught in a horrible storm on the way back to Maysville. I was so scared but they both joked, and made me calm and we made it back. Such wonderful people and he children reflect that.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Sandy (McDonald) White June 24, 2019 at 1:33 am #

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of this very lovely lady. She was always so good to me as I was growing up in Maysville. She cut my hair for years and when she was studying to become a beautician I was her guinea. I remember going to St. Joseph one night for an instructional session. Coming home we were in a horrid storm and I was so scared. Margaret and Melvin kidded and joke and lightened things up. That’s just how they were . Great people and great lady blessed by a wonderful family. My prayers are with you all.

  4. Steve Smith June 24, 2019 at 12:45 pm #


    Sorry for your families loss. My mother (Zelma Smith) was a faithful client of both Margaret and Sue with a standing appointment for many years.
    Even after moving to Columbia for her final 3 years of life she noted no one could get her hair right like Margaret or Sue.

    Best wishes to your entire family.

    Know we are thinking of you all.

    Steve Smith

  5. Sonja Sloan June 24, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was an amazing lady. Hugs

    Sonja Boucher Sloan

  6. Jan Meek June 24, 2019 at 5:42 pm #

    Our deepest sympathy for your family! Glad I was fortunate to know her!

  7. Barbara Ganote June 24, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

    Our thoughts to your family. Dorothy Ganote sure enjoyed sharing time and visiting with Margaret. God bless your family. Tony , Barbara and Dorothy Ganote

  8. Sue (Roach) Jones June 24, 2019 at 6:57 pm #

    So sorry for your loss, I have a lot of memories at her house, getting hair done and laughs.
    Thinking of you all!

  9. Elizabeth Creason June 25, 2019 at 9:43 pm #

    To Margaret’s family… I just have to say, Margaret was one of the most wonderful people I have ever taken care of in my whole nursing career. We became more than nurse/resident… We became friends! I told her my secrets, and she told
    her secrets. We laughed together and we cried together. We always prayed for each other. Friendship like that doesn’t come along very often, and I feel so blessed to have been Margaret’s friend. I am going to miss her terribly. I will be praying for the family. God bless you all.
    Elizabeth “Cookie” Creason (LPN Charge Nurse at Sunset Home)

  10. Rachael Arney June 26, 2019 at 7:25 pm #

    Jerry, Jen & Family,
    So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful lady – – inside & out!
    Love: Scott, Rachael & Mason Arney

  11. Pamela Matthews July 21, 2019 at 8:53 pm #

    So sorry to hear about your mom. Our moms, of that World War II generation were the best. Missing them all. Pamela Potter Matthews, San Diego.

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