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Margaret J. Sawyer, 88, St. Joseph, MO

Margaret J. Sawyer, 88, St. Joseph, Missouri died Friday, December 13, 2013 at a local healthcare facility.

Margaret J. Sawyer, 88, St. Joseph, Missouri died Friday, December 13, 2013 at a local healthcare facility.

She was born March 24, 1925 to Novie and Bessie (Dragoo) Cooksey in Mercer County, Missouri.

She married Donald Sawyer on February 17, 1945. He preceded her in death on December 9, 1993.

Margaret was a member of Carnegie Baptist Church and was a great mom and grandmother. She liked to cook and dance.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Denver Sawyer; and brother, Gerald Cooksey.

Survivors: daughters, Jannis Sawyer, St. Joseph, Missouri and Barbara Tillery (John), Faucett, Missouri; sons, Ronald Sawyer (Linda), St. Joseph, Arthur Sawyer (Stefania), Agency, Missouri, Norman Sawyer (Shelly Blair), St. Joseph, Hugh Sawyer (Brenda), St. Joseph, and Keith Sawyer (Debbie Buzzard), St. Joseph; grandchildren, Jenny Kiger (Van), Janice Dowlen (Brian), Corrina Noyes (Jared), Melissa Sawyer (fiancé Tony Dillon), and Ashley Sawyer (fiancé Richard Fulton); step-granddaughter, Stacey Kornis, Chad, Trevor (Kara), Donnie (Jeanine), Josh (fiancé Kim Rivera), Cody (fiancé Amanda Farrell), Jason (Alisha), Bryan (fiancé Cecilia Jonsson), Bryce and Keith II (fiancé Cody Zanker) Sawyer, and Brent Blair; fourteen great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Thank you to Judy McClure, mom’s personal caregiver and Dee Shepherd and staff from D&S Residential.

Services:  1:00 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 3:00 P.M. Monday. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Hands of Hope Hospice.

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