I am honoring my grandmother, Margaret E. VanGeison from Pawnee, who was born on Sept. 30, 1913, and passed away on Oct. 17, 2012. Margaret was 99 years young when she left this earth to be with her husband, Chester L. VanGeison. She was a strong woman who was kind, patient, caring, funny and loved to laugh. She gave of herself to those she loved and cared about. She assisted in her church and taught Vacation Bible School in Morrisonville, where she and my grandfather “Abe” worked and lived for many years. My Grandfather died in 1985 and grandma had to learn how to drive for the first time in her life. She drove really well and liked to come into Springfield and Taylorville. She called me one afternoon and asked if I could come down to Pawnee, she had just backed into the storage shed off the driveway. We never laughed so hard when I saw the building completely off the foundation in her yard. Kim Shirley repaired her car, got a chuckle out of the story of the accident and she drove safely for six years after that incident. The time I spent with her during summer vacations for Bible school as a child and the last 12 years were some of the best I could have asked for. She remembered and retold so much about her life, her siblings, life before and after her marriage, and after Grandpa passed. Discussing life in general with her was always a great time on Saturdays for me. Margaret lived a good life with her husband, her faith and her family who loved her dearly. I learned joy, love, compassion and unconditional love from my grandmother and I’ll miss her every day for the rest of my life.
–Deborah Martin, granddaughter