Margaret Elizabeth Mallory
Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Mallory, age 92, of Whitehall, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013. Margaret was born in Laketon Township, MI on August 21, 1920 to George T. and Helen (OíNeil) Slankard. Her family later relocated to Sesser, IL where she graduated from Goode-Barren Township High School. She then attended and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a major in Education and Sociology. On June 28, 1943, she married Ralph Mallory who preceded her in death in 2001. Margaret started a long and respected career as an elementary teacher in the Sesser Public Schools in 1939. Following a move to Michigan in 1949, she taught in the Ravenna, Mouth and Whitehall Public Schools. Her most often taught and preferred grade to teach was Kindergarten. She was instrumental in the development of many language arts programs as this was her specialty. Most of her career she taught only half days in the morning and then would work in her husbandís insurance office as his life-long partner. She retired in 1982. Although a long time member of the Sesser United Methodist Church, she also was involved in the Whitehall Congregational Church for many years. Her civic interests included a local chapter of the American Association of University Women, Eastern Star and Whitehall Unity Club.
She is survived by her children, Marsha (John) Mahan of Plainwell, MI, and Tom (Chris) Mallory of Whitehall; grandchildren, Bryan (Jill) Mahan, Karen (Chad) Earle, Kristen (Nate) Deridder, Meghan (Andy) Fleckenstein-Vogel; she was also the proudest great grandmother of Kyle, Julia, Collin, Alexandria, Mary Adeline and Cecilia; brother, George O. (Mary) Slankard of Sesser IL.
Services have taken place. Memorials may be made to the Margaret S. & Marcia H. Mallory Memorial Scholarship Fund, 541 E Slocum, Whitehall MI 49461. Please visit www.clockfuneralhome.com to leave a memory or sign the online guest book.
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