Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Mallory, 92, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.
Margaret was born in Laketon Township, Mich., on Aug. 21, 1920, to George T. and Helen (O’Neil) Slankard. Her family later relocated to Sesser, where she graduated from Goode-Barren Township High School. She then attended and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a major in Education and Sociology.
On June 28, 1943, she married Ralph Mallory, who preceded her in death in 2001. Margaret started a long and respected career as an elementary teacher in the Sesser Public Schools in 1939. Following a move to Michigan in 1949, she taught in the Ravenna, Mouth and Whitehall Public Schools. Her most often taught and preferred grade to teach was kindergarten.
She was instrumental in the development of many language arts programs as this was her specialty. Most of her career she taught only half days in the morning and then would work in her husband’s insurance office as his life-long partner. She retired in 1982.
Although a longtime member of the Sesser United Methodist Church, she also was involved in the Whitehall Congregational Church for many years. Her civic interests included a local chapter of the American Association of University Women, Eastern Star and Whitehall Unity Club.
She is survived by her children, Marsha (John) Mahan of Plainwell, Mich., and Tom (Chris) Mallory of Whitehall; grandchildren, Bryan (Jill) Mahan, Karen (Chad) Earle, Kristen (Nate) Deridder and Meghan (Andy) Fleckenstein-Vogel; she was also the proudest great-grandmother of Kyle, Julia, Collin, Alexandria, Mary Adeline and Cecilia; and brother, George O. (Mary) Slankard of Sesser.
Funeral service: Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1:30 p.m. and visitation beginning at noon at Sesser United Methodist Church in Sesser. Interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, Sesser, with the Rev. Jack Wolf and Julie Smith officiating. Local arrangements are be handled by the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, Sesser.
Visitation: Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Clock Funeral Home, Muskegon.
Memorials may be made to the Margaret S. & Marcia H. Mallory Memorial Scholarship Fund, 541 E Slocum, Whitehall, MI 49461.
Please visit www.clockfuneralhome.com.