Margaret Boone Read More
February 29, 1924 - February 4, 2021
Lawrence, Kansas - Margaret Mary Boone was born Leap Day 1924 in Zenda KS to Henry Christian & Theresa Mary (Bencken) Mertens. Margaret died 2/4/2021 in Lawrence. Her family moved 13 times before she was 18. She graduated 8th grade with honors & a basketball letter in 1939. Instead of high school, she cared for her mother, who had cancer, & 8 younger siblings. In 1943, she took a job as a riveter at Boeing. She met & soon married a handsome soldier, George Tingley Boone. Being an Army wife meant more moving until 1955 when George returned from Korea, took a job at Boeing & chose Derby to buy their first & only house where they raised a family until George's death 2/1/1983. She cherished living in one house for 60 years. She was a leader for 4-H, Boy & Girl Scouts; enjoyed bowling, square dancing, St. Mary's Alter Society & was a member of Rosie the Riveter Assoc. She earned a GED in 1977 with KS highest score that year. Her greatest joy was caring for children-from siblings through great-grandkids. She survived breast cancer at 91 & COVID-19 at 96. She is survived by sons Clifford (Elaine) of Conway Springs & Charles (Suzanne) of Jennings, MO; daughters Susan (Mark) Reiske of Lawrence & Sharon James of Marion; former daughter-in-law Carol Boone of O'Fallon IL; grandchildren Christphor (Misti) Boone, Rebbecca (Kevin) Zoglmann, Lori (Aaron) Vierthaler, Julie Weinacht, Jason Boone, Jennifer (Russell) Goble, Christine Watson, Nichole (Sarah) Reiske, Henry (Laura) Reiske, Dominick Reiske & Charlotte James; great-grandchildren Austin (Jessica), Hayden, Reggie, Brielynn, Dennis, Neal, Emma, Sydney, Bridget, Eden, Reagen, Phillip, Patrick, Nicholas, Andrew, Noelle, Ben, Carly & Loren. Preceded in death by siblings John, Herman, Joseph, Charles, James, Bernard, Eleanor Hageman, Odelia Stevenson, Clara Murray, Maryann Martin, Agnes Daniel & Theresa Ward; daughter-in-law Toni Boone. Visitation is 1-8 pm 2/10/21 at Smith Family Mortuary,1415 N Rock Road, Derby KS 67037. Rosary at 10 am 2/11/21, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2300 E Meadowlark St, Derby KS 67037. Virtual attendance link: youtube.com/user/saintmaryderby. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Alter Society in care of Smith Family Mortuary.