Margery Slaughter passed on in her home surrounded by love on April 15. She is survived by: husband, Ivan, of the home; eldest son Stan and wife Linda of Lee’s Summit; son Bill and wife Susan of Fairfax, Mo.; son John and wife Sarah of Fresno, California; youngest son Mark and wife Paula of Marshfield, Mo.; and daughter Ella and husband Ed of Greenwood. She has seven grandchildren, Joshua, Amy, Brian, Ben, Kevin, Elizabeth, and Emma, and 12 great grandchildren.
Marge lived life whole heartedly with an earnest joy for teaching, fishing, quilting, and her family. She was born in Green, Kan. then moved to St. Joseph where she attended Benton High school and Missouri Western Junior College. She finished her degree in Home Economics at MU in 1943. Marge and her siblings were enthusiastic participants in 4-H with Marge attending the National Club Congress three times and winning 4-H’s highest honor in Leadership in 1941. Her passion for club work and the "Learning By Doing" model carried through two generations in the 4-H club she and Ivan started in Greenwood, The Hustlers, in 1947.
Margery had a strong volunteer spirit and spread her influence through many local organizations. She coordinated collections for the March of Dimes, worked in PTA at Greenwood Elementary for 21 years, and organized bazaars and Bible Schools for Greenwood Presbyterian. Her work in the craft circle in the Lee’s Summit Hospital Auxiliary was very valuable to the group. Marge was also a member of the Lee’s Summit Quilters’ Guild and Woodland Home and Garden club.
As a member of Aldersgate UMC, she participated in the Classics group, helped decorate the sanctuary and new building, served as a coordinator for the church’s Heart Teams, and traveled on mission trips several years.
As a Mom and Grandmother she was supreme! Her cookie jars and meal time tabletops were always brimming with delectable choices. She could make her own patterns and sew any clothing item. She loved to garden and her beds were always beautiful and well-tended. Ever industrious, she continued to enter food, quilts, and crocheted items into county fairs and won top honors frequently. She did not believe in idle hands and was always a busy woman with projects for her children and grandchildren.
Marge and Ivan shared nearly seventy years of marriage, full of love and laughter. They triumphed over trials and rejoiced at their shared accomplishments.
Marge will be dearly missed by her family and friends. However, she is not truly gone since her influence lives on through the many people whose lives she touched.
A Memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Aldersgate UMC in Lee’s Summit. The family of Margery M. Slaughter suggests contributions to Kansas City Hospice Foundation, Aldersgate UMC or Missouri 4-H Foundation.
(Arrangements: Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Mo.)