DU QUOIN -- Margaret Elaine Berger, 96, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, at her residence.
Margaret had been a homemaker and had worked at Du Quoin Packing House and as a housekeeper for St. Nicholas Hotel for 20 years.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Du Quoin, and had been past deacon of the church.
She was a member of Rebekah Lodge Carbondale 220 for more than 60 years. She had been past Noble Grand and past district president of District 28 of the Rebekahs. Margaret was a member of Carbondale IOOF Lodge. She was a 62-year member of Du Quoin VFW
Auxiliary and had been past chief matriarch of Ladies Encampment Auxiliary Randolph 55.
She was born June 2, 1916, in Du Quoin, the daughter of Albert and Amanda (Bowlin) Miller.
She married Leslie L. Berger on Oct. 9, 1937, in Du Quoin, and he preceded her in death June 27, 1993.
She is survived by one daughter, Martha Freeman and husband, Tom Morgan, of Du Quoin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one sister, Ruth Gaskins.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, in Searby Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Scroggins officiating. Burial will be in Old Du Quoin Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Rebekah services at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Grand Encampment and Ladies Encampment Auxiliary Autistic Program and will be accepted at the funeral home.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.searbyfuneralhomes.com