Margaret J. Sawyer, an 88-year-old resident of St. Joseph, died on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at a local healthcare facility.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at the Meierhoffer Funeral Home and Crematory in St. Joseph. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (Monday, Dec. 16, 2013) at the funeral home, where open visitation is under way.
Mrs. Sawyer was born on March 24, 1925 in Mercer County, the daughter of Novie and Bessie Dragoo Cooksey.
She was married on Feb. 17, 1945 to Donald Sawyer, who preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 1993.
Mrs. Sawyer was a member of Carnegie Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and daning.
She is survived by two daughters, Jannis Sawyer of St. Joseph and Barbara (John) Tillery of Faucett; five sons, Ronald (Linda) Sawyer of St. Joseph, Arthur (Stefania) Sawyer of Agency, Norman (Shelly Blair) Sawyer of St. Joseph, Hugh (Brenda) Sawyer of St. Joseph and Keith (Debbie Buzzard) Sawyer of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Jenny (Van) Kiger, Janice (Brian) Dowlen, Corrina (Jared) Noyes, Melissa (finance Tony Dillon) Sawyer and Ashley (fiance Richard Fulton) Sawyer; step-grandchildren, Stacey Kornis, Chad, Trevor (Kara), Donnie (Jeanine), Josh (fiance Kim Rivera), Cody (fiance Amanda Farrell), Jason (Alisha), Bryan (fiance Cecilia Jonsson), Bryce and Keith II (fiance Cody Zanker) Sawyer and Brent Blair; 14 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Denver Sawyer; and brother, Gerald Cooksey.
Memorial constributions are suggested to the Hands of Hope Hospice.