1919 - 2013
Mrs. Margaret A. Clardy, age 94 years, of New Bloomfield, Mo., passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at Adams Street Place. Margaret was born on April 13, 1919, on the family farm near Dysart, Iowa. She was the oldest daughter of Thomas and Edith Pratt Thiesen. She was a 1936 graduate of Geneseo Consolidated School and attended Iowa State Teacher's College and Gates Business College. She married Forest Clardy on May 15, 1943, while he was in ROTC school at Grinnell College. They lived there until his discharge in 1945 and relocated near her hometown to start farming. They moved to central Missouri in 1971 and she worked at the Family Services Department in Jefferson City retiring in 1984. She was an active member of the New Bloomfield United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and Quilter's Circle, the XYZ Club and the Slusher Club. Survivors include: sister, Kathryn (Richard) Junker of Cedar Falls, Iowa; sister-in-law, Berdeene Thiesen; nieces, Barbara (Barton) Elliott, Brenda Dyck, Roberta (Myrlen) Simmons and Geraldine (Don) Balkenbush; nephews, LeRoy Junker and Richard Clardy; and close friends, Dale and Bonnie Lawson. She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Robert Thiesen; and nephew, Wallace Thiesen. Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 18, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 18, 2013, in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Joan DeBoe officiating. Interment will be held at Callaway Memorial Gardens in Fulton, Mo. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the New Bloomfield United Methodist Church or charity of the donor's choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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