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Margaret Louise Skidmore

Margaret Louise Skidmore, 84, of Harrisonville, Missouri; formerly of Holden, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Holden Manor Care Center.

Margaret was born July 22, 1939 in Chillicothe, Missouri the daughter of Russell and Mary Ann (Davis) Hicks. She was the youngest of seven children.

Upon the death of her parents, at an early age, she was raised by an aunt and uncle in Colorado.

She graduated from South High School in Denver, Colorado in 1957. Margaret attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, then National College in Kansas City.

She enlisted in the Air Force, having served as a Medical Specialist in the Pediatric Clinic from 1959 to 1962.

Upon leaving the Air Force, Margaret returned to National College where she majored in Sociology and minored in Christian Education. She was a Methodist Deaconess from 1964 to 1966 and was employed as a community worker in Red Creek, New York.

Margaret was united in marriage to Clarence Eugene Skidmore on April 2, 1966 in Kansas City. The couple made their home on a farm south of Holden.

Margaret was an avid hand quilter. She owned and operated the Quilter’s Frame from 1994 to 2019, where she hand quilted well over 300 quilts.
Maragaret loved to visit with many people over the years and took great joy in being an Avon Representative for several years and was known as “Avon Lady.”

She also was a member of the 3M’s club. From 1972 to 2003, she was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church. She was a member of Holden United Methodist Church from 2003 to 2006. More recently, Margaret was a member of Harrisonville United Methodist Church and sang in their choir and participated in the United Methodist Womens group.

She also enjoyed gardening, flowers and was an avid bird watcher.

Survivors include two sons: Darren Skidmore (Becky) and Lynn Skidmore; two granddaughters: Makayla Skidmore (Eli) and Jillian Skidmore, all of Holden, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gene in 2000, her parents, aunt and uncle who raised her; Herbert and Catherine Berwick, sisters Anetta Lee Stone, Betty Jean Coffey, Charlene Santee, Barbara Beecher and Marilyn Crass and one brother Ralph Hicks.

Funeral Services were held Monday, February 12 the at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden with Pastor Jon Spalding of Harrisonville UMC officiating. Interment followed at Bear Creek Cemetery, with Military Graveside Honors.

The family received friends prior to service, Monday at Williams.

Memorial contributions may be left to Bear Creek Cemetery Association.

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