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MARGARET JANE STROUP, 97, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Born June 1, 1917, in Howard County, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Ora and Golda (Caldwell) Nixon. Margaret married William Stroup on Sept. 3, 1939; he preceded her in death last July. She retired as an executive secretary with South Bend Lathe. Margaret and her husband were philanthropists to missionaries and seminary students. She was active in the United Methodist Churches where they lived. Margaret is survived by her son, Steve (Lisa) Stroup of San Diego, Calif.; daughters, Joyce (Jon) Gehres of Bowling Green, Ohio and Carol (Dennis) Bewalda of Eaton Rapids, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Virginia. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids, with the Rev. Dennis Buwalda officiating. Interment will follow service in Rosehill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, 1210 W. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48915. To place online condolences or to sign the guest register, please visit
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Shelly-Odell Funeral Home - Eaton Rapids
518 S. Main St.  Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
(517) 663-5331
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on July 24, 2014