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.