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August 4, 1963 - March 18, 2020
Burial Date: March 25, 2020
Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Excelsior Springs
Cemetery Hillcrest Cemetery
- Graveside Service: 11am, Wednesday, March 25, 2020
- Visitation: 10:30am, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the Cemetery
- Service will be on Facebook Live, and posted on this page by the end of the day of the service
***Please remember the Social Distancing rules if you attend. If you feel unwell, please offer condolences on the guestbook on this page instead of attending.***
The warm summer of 1963 was spent joyfully anticipating the birth of our new baby sister, Margaret Ellen, born August 4 to Marvin and Dora Gaddie, and eagerly welcomed by her older siblings, Joyce, Wendell, Dora June and Steve. She brought lots of love, light and laughter into our home as we watched her from infancy through toddlerhood and beyond. She eagerly shared her love for art in the coloring sheets she included in the letters to her big sister away at college, where they adorned the dorm room walls. Her love for the outdoors and flowers was manifested in the care she took of her lawn and landscapes and flower gardens and window boxes. That love of the outdoors spilled into her home’s interior with the paintings she created of flowers and rustic outdoor scenes.
While she was born in Butler, Missouri, she and her parents and brother Steve moved several times, including Springfield, Missouri, Jacksonville, Florida, and Lamar, Colorado, before finally settling in Excelsior Springs, Missouri when Margie was a middle-schooler. A few years later in high school, she met Terry Blankenship who became the love of her life, and they were married on April 24, 1982. Their three children, Jackie, Brandon and Bradford, were born into a home of constant creativity. Numerous home renovations, wild and crazy home-made Halloween costumes, egg coloring with cousins, intricate pencil drawings posted on the fridge, painted flowerpots, hobo snowmen, just to name a few. When Margie opened a boutique in downtown Excelsior Springs for a short time, she couldn’t keep her paintings from flying off the walls as customers bought them before they were even dry.
Margie was the hostess extraordinaire. She and Terry hosted many get-togethers at their spacious home on Old Stagecoach Lane, Memorial Day cookouts, Independence Day gatherings complete with fireworks (and a few “experiments” that went along with fireworks), family Christmas parties, and most everyone’s favorite, the October-fest, complete with bonfire, wiener roasts and marshmallow roasts, hayrides behind Terry’s Tractor, and pumpkin carving contests that revealed some truly remarkable talent in the family. Those events grew to include much more than family as friends and extended family members came to enjoy the festivities.
Margie had a quiet faith, having been raised in a Christian home and given her life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior sometime in her early life. She shared her faith with her family and was consistent at family gatherings to say “grace” before meals. That was her testimony.
A Facebook Post by Jackie this week of a “Memory” showed Margie’s expression of joy and contentment over a productive weekend that included yardwork, housework, spending time with friends, and enjoying barbeque with family. She ended by saying, “God is good.” That was her expression of joy in the Lord, even through hard work.
Margie left a legacy of hard work and family good-times, and those good times don’t stop now, as her family continues that heritage of sharing love, light and laughter with one another during birthdays, holidays and made-up holidays. It is unfortunate that the quarantining restrictions now in place will inhibit the usual get together of family members to celebrate Margie’s life, but it should be noted that this too will pass, and sometime in the near future, a Celebration will be planned to remember her.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brother Wendell, sister Dora June, and father-in-law Manuel Blankenship. She is survived by her children (grandchildren), Jackie and Caleb Stalder; Brandon and Val Blankenship (Leilani); and Bradford and Beth (Tristan, Jonah, Ryker); her mother-in-law Sylvia Blankenship and brother-in-law Stacey; her brother Steve and Michelle Gaddie; sister Joyce and Chuck Thayer; as well as, nieces and nephews Tiffany and Mike Bell (Raef); Tarah Ayala; Elisa Thayer (Kendall Patterson); Chuck Thayer, Jr.; Brittany Collins and Justin Collins.
Margie’s beloved husband Terry passed away on November 2, 2010, after battling lung cancer, and she experienced a great longing to see him again in heaven. Her wish was granted on March 18, 2020, and she is now where she longed to be. “Well done, Margie, and welcome home.”