Mrs. Margaret Gertrude Whitaker

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“I was Margaret's nurse and biggest fan while she was at QDP. She and God brought to me the love of my life. On my 35th birthday, I went into her...Read More »
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“Margaret and I were friends for a short time. We met when I was at The Quarters, and she was a blessing to me from the start. The world is a...Read More »
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“Margaret was a beautiful soul and it was a privilege to know her. By serving her I was served. Thank you, Margaret , for sharing your life with us. ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Cathy Connoley - Des Peres, MO

“Miss Margaret was such a sweet friend to my mom during her life at The Quarters. She spoke the truth and words of Jesus and will be missed very much. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Kelley Woerther - Wildwood, MO

“I would say she was a very special person to a large amount of people and will be sorely missed. ”
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“I love you grandma. You blessed my life beyond words. You will be missed and remembered always. ”
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Margaret Gertrude Whitaker, 104, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 5, at The Quarters at Des Peres in St. Louis County, Mo., after a brief illness.

She was born March 12, 1913, in Garwin, Iowa, to Dwight Thurston and Bessie Ford Stewart. The family moved to Kirkwood, Mo., in 1925, and she graduated from Kirkwood High School. She earned her teaching certificate and began teaching at Barretts Elementary School in Kirkwood, attending night and summer classes at Webster College. She completed a bachelor of arts degree there and two years later earned her master's from St. Louis University.

Margaret taught from 1943 to 1978 at Barretts, Osage Hills and Keysor elementary schools in the Kirkwood and Parkway districts before retiring and moving with her husband to Bunnell, Fla., in 1979. She had been a member of the National Education Association continuously since 1946.

On June 29, 1940, she married Walter Jesse Whitaker and became an instant mother to his three boys, Richard Jerome, Walter Eugene and James Thomas. She loved them and raised them as her own. Walter died June 12, 1996. She remained in Bunnell and was an active and treasured member of Bunnell First Baptist Church before returning in 2012 to live with her niece Barbara Horstmeier in St. Charles, Mo. At the time of her death, she was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Weldon Spring, Mo.

Her mind remained sharp to the end. She was an avid reader of the Bible, biographies and Christian-themed books, and a devoted follower of Dr. David Jeremiah's ministry. She also enjoyed word puzzles and liked watching golf, game shows and HGTV. At age 100, she began crocheting scarves for the Crider Health Center in St. Charles and completed 100 scarves to donate when she was 101 years old.

In addition to her husband, her sons, Dick, Gene and Tom Whitaker, and one daughter-in-law, Faith Whitaker, preceded her in death, along with six brothers and five of their wives. She is survived by her sister-in-law, DeAnn Stewart of Houston, Texas; two daughters-in-law, Barbara Whitaker of Bunnell, Fla., and Ide Whitaker of Indianapolis; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great-grandchildren; her niece and caregiver, Barbara Horstmeier of St. Charles, Mo.; and numerous other nieces and nephews across the St. Louis area and the country.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 7, at St. John's United Church of Christ in Weldon Spring, officiated by the Rev. Todd Bean. Mrs. Whitaker donated her body to Washington University School of Medicine.

A larger celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date.