Margaret Johnson Chilcote, 59, of Oskaloosa, passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 26, 2013, at Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa.
Margaret Lynn Johnson Chilcote was born, June 22, 1953, in Oskaloosa to Leroy “Johnny” and Mary Strattan Johnson. She was a 1971 graduate of Oskaloosa High school and a 1972 graduate of the Ottumwa Beauty Academy. Her first job as a beautician was at Taylor Beauty Shop in downtown Oskaloosa. Margaret married Lysle Edward Chilcote, Oct. 13, 1973, at the First Christian Church in Oskaloosa. After they married, she continued to work as a beautician until her daughters were born. She remained at home with them until they were in junior high; when she went back to work in 1989 at Casey’s General Store on North Market Street. In 1994, Margaret began working at the bakery at Hy-Vee and later as a cashier. She worked at Hy-Vee for 16 years, until her health required her retirement. Margaret volunteered at her daughters’ preschool when they were at Jack and Jill Preschool. Margaret enjoyed her cats and collected all kinds of cat memorabilia. She also loved to crochet, everyone in her immediate and extended family had something crocheted by her. Over the years, she donated afghans to nursing homes and to needy individuals through her sister’s shop, Ken’s This and That, in Nebraska. After she received treatment at the MHP Infusion Center, Margaret found a new outlet for crocheting generosity.
Margaret’s family includes her husband of 39 years, Lysle; her daughters: Angela (Doug) Rexroth, of Kirkville, and Robyn (Jeff) Hoppman, of Riverside; four grandchildren: DC Rexroth at home in Kirkville, and Tyler, Kayla and Hailie Hoppman at home in Riverside; sisters: Carol (Bob) Barnes, of Oskaloosa, Sandy Guthrie, of Republican City, Neb., and Becky (Steve) Ogden, of Nevada, Iowa; brothers: Bernard (Janis) Johnson, of Hedrick, and Mike (Linda) Johnson, of Milton, Fla.; her father and mother-in-law, Louis and Genevieve Chilcote, of Oskaloosa; and a sister-in-law, Carol (Stephen) Heilman, of Broken Arrow, Okla.
In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law: Louis Kiefer and Kenny Guthrie, and a niece, Mariann Asher.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel with Pastor Alvern Boetsma of the Good News Chapel officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral chapel; the family will be present from 5-7 p.m. to greet visitors. Memorials may be made to MHP Infusion Center and Hospice Services Serenity House.