MORTON - Margaret J. Spahr, 89, of Morton passed away in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior at 4:34 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Morton Terrace Care Center.
She died the same way she lived, with grace and dignity.
She was born Aug. 29, 1924, in Kewanee to Willie F. and Jeanette (Hibbs) Howland. She married Billy G. Spahr on Dec. 28, 1947, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on May 3, 2004.
She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Nancy Spahr, in 1970; two brothers; and two sisters.
Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Bob) Todd of Mackinaw and Mary Spahr of Morton; four grandchildren, Melissa Todd of Galesburg, Ashley (Steve) Epley of Delavan, Roger (Alison) Baum of Phoenix, Ariz., and Randy Baum of Chicago; and three great-grandchildren, Rowan, Cruz and Cora Baum, all of Phoenix.
She served with the United States Navy WAVES during World War II from 1944 to 1946.
Margaret first worked in the office of J.C. Penney in Kewanee and then was a secretary at Block & Kuhl in Peoria. She last worked in the office at Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria.
She was a member of Morton United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She also was a member of the Stephen Ministries Team at her church and coordinated wedding receptions at the church for 50 years. She also was a member of the American Legion Post 318 Auxiliary in Morton and had served as a Girl Scouts of America troop leader for many years.
Margaret was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, friend and neighbor. She was ever present in her family's lives and provided assistance to all who needed a helping hand. Her greatest love was her family and church. She will be missed and will live in the hearts of her family and friends forever. Random acts of kindness are encouraged by the family in Margaret's memory.
Services will be held at noon Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Morton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Lori Harvey officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Morton Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling local arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Morton United Methodist Church Building Fund, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton, IL 61550.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.