Margaret Elizabeth Lair Collins, 92, a resident at Salt River Community Care for the past few years, passed away peacefully early in the morning of March 19th, 2013.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Lloyd Collins, all of her siblings and her parents Gertrude and Charles Lair.
She is survived by one son a and wife – Bob and Monica Collins, St. Louis, MO; daughter Trudy Cervantes, Albuquerque, NM; four grandsons and their families Mike and Rebecca Collins, Collinsville, IL, Matt and Kandy Collins, St. Louis, MO, Tricia and John Broughton, Emden, MO and Austin Cervantes, Albuquerque, NM; two step-grandchildren, Amanda and Will Meininger and Matt Burch; five great-grandchildren, Kobe Collins, Madison and Mason Collins and Lillie and Allison Broughton; two step-great-grandchildren, Keely and Max; one nephew, C. W. Lair and wife Dorothy, Quincy, IL and four great-nephews and families.
Margaret was born August 25, 1920, in Bethel, MO at the family historical home, Elim. She graduated from Bethel High School in 1939 where she lettered in basketball and played saxophone in the high school band. In 1940 Margaret and Lloyd were united in marriage in a beautiful ceremony at the family home Elim in Bethel. During their 65 years of happy marriage they enjoyed all aspects of Shelby County living. They farmed for many years before retiring in Shelbyville. Margaret was a great cook, wonderful gardener both flowers and vegetables and will be remembered for her famous “101 Tomatoes”! She enjoyed entertaining until she gave up her home in 2005. She was a devoted member of the Shelbyville United Methodist Church where she served by teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir for many years. Margaret was a member of the United Methodist Women; Federated Women’s Club and the National Republican Women’s Club. Margaret and Lloyd enjoyed sporting events together, many trips to the southwest and spending time with their family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 2:30 pm at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, MO, with burial to follow at Shelby Memorial Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be held at the Funeral Home in Shelbina from 12:00 to 2:30 pm on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to Salt River Community Care.