Margaret Lou Heard, age 81, formerly of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Funeral services will be 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota, with Delight Paulson officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 2:00 PM on Thursday, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Pallbearers are Jason Ash, Wade Ash, Bob Kirk, Gene Kirk, Lee Kirk, and Brian Stucky.
On August 8th our beloved Momma, Grandma, Nana and Aunt was called home to eternal peace. Margaret Lou Heard was born to Willie Bernice and Guy Kirk on March 27, 1934. She and her nine brothers and two sisters grew up on various farms in Missouri and she attended country school graduating the 8th grade. Margaret had the intelligence and desire to proceed to high school however her father refused to send her. Years later when he complained about her working in a cleaners, she would remind him that she had to do such hard work because he refused to let her further her education. Margaret was also an accomplished seamstress having created many wedding dresses in the '70s.
Margaret married Coy Heard on December 19, 1959, in Nebraska City, Nebraska. They made their home in Shenandoah, Iowa. To this union two daughters were born, Cindy and Linda. In 1967, the family moved to Yankton, South Dakota. Margaret was a wonderful wife, momma and friend. She nursed her husband through his many illnesses before his death on November 28, 1977. Margaret and Peter Knoll shared a special relationship for almost 20 years before his passing on September 22, 1999. Margaret enjoyed sewing, watching soap operas and dancing. She was a 40+ year breast cancer survivor. The light of Margaret's life was her two grandchildren and her daughter. For the last 2½ years, Margaret made her home in the Lennox Good Samaritan Center. Her family would visit often and she was the envy of all the residence when she'd get kisses and hugs from her young grandson. Margaret provided grandma care for her granddaughter when she was young and became her best friend and confidant. She was also her daughter's touch-stone, always ready with a sympathetic ear and shoulder to lean on. We are grateful for her long life and rejoice that she no longer will be in pain from old age but will have everlasting life and a restored body with Our Lord.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Brian Stucky of Tea, South Dakota; beloved grandchildren, Chantelle and Brett Stucky, special nieces and nephews, Linda and Wade Ash of Shenandoah, Iowa; Janelle King of Washington; Jason Ash of South Dakota; and the Knoll family. She was the last surviving sibling however she also leaves many nieces, nephews and in-laws including Betty Kirk, Marie Kirk, Rex Siddens and AlaMarie Kirk.
Rejoicing at their reunion in Heaven will be her husband Coy, daughter Cindy Lou who passed away at birth on November 4, 1963, special friend, Pete Knoll, Brianna Knoll, her parents and siblings.
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To Linda and family, my condolences. So sorry to hear that Aunt Margaret passed away. She was still very peppy the last time we talked on the phone, a couple of months ago. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Diane Hargrave (Dinky)
My deepest condolences to Linda and family. Although I did not get to know your mom personally I have always enjoyed hearing you talk about her and sharing all the wonderful pictures you captured of your mom. Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Family of linda. My deepest sympathy at thistime..she is a great woman and i remember her fondly
My dear friend Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and yours. I am also praying for peace and strength for you during this very difficult time. Much love.
Linda and family, My sincere condolences are with you and your family. Your mother was a very special lady. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Linda, dear friend. I am so sorry for your loss of your dear Aunt Margaret. I know by the way you talked about her that you two were very close and that she was a very special loving person. God's blessings and comfort at this most difficult time.
Linda, we are so very sorry to hear of your Mama's passing, Margaret was special to all of us and she will be missed...she was so kind and sweet to all of us....lots of good memories of the cleaners and both your Mama and our Mama, Virginia working together. Many prayers and condolences to the family.
Mary Virginia, Chop, Lynette and Keny Ashes
Dear Linda and family,
My deepest sympathy for you all. My prayers will be for her wonderful memories to fill and comfort your hearts, always.
Dear Linda and family, My deepest sympathy for your loss. My prayers will be that all of her wonderful memories will fill and comfort your hearts, always.
My deepest condolences go out to Linda and family during this difficult time. I know how much your momma meant to you and hope that you will be comforted in the many good times you had together. May God give you peace and blessings in the days ahead.
Linda I was so sorry to hear of your mothers passing, she was so blessed to have such a loving, caring daughter as you were to have her as your mother. What a special bond you have had and will continue to have through eternity. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.
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