Margie Catherine Boston Stoecker
Margie Catherine Boston Stoecker, died on February 8, 2015. She had lived in Lawrence, KS since 2009. Funeral services will be held at the Oakley United Methodist Church at 1 pm on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, with burial to follow at the Oakley City Cemetery.
Margie was born in Stratton, NE on October 31, 1924, the daughter of Floyd and Leola Rooney Boston, and moved to the Oakley area in her first year. She was the oldest of four children, preceded in death by brothers Floyd & Duane Boston, with a surviving sister Barbara Boston Stramel of Carthage, MO. As the oldest she was a big help on the farm and in the garden which also built a strong desire to expand her education for a role in business.
After graduation from Oakley High School, she attended Brown Mackie Business School in Salina. She began her banking career in 1944 and had many positions rising to the first female bank officer, Vice President, at the Farmers State Bank of Oakley, KS. until she retired in 1986. She enjoyed the Bank and the opportunity to be involved in a local Main Street business. Always kind and thoughtful of others, her passion for doing business in Oakley was evident by her actions. A life-long avid reader, she could be found enjoying a book in her free time. As a mother and grandmother she was very supportive and always ready for our visits with wonderful food and a freezer full of sweets.
She married her soulmate, Vernon L. Stoecker on January 29, 1946 in Oakley. Their choice of Kansas Day for their wedding was an example of their love for Western Kansas. They enjoyed going to dances with their many friends. In 1976 she and Vernon moved from the farm to Oakley where they enjoyed many neighbors, card parties and school sporting events. He preceded her in death July 19, 2014. Margie was a longtime member of the Oakley United Methodist Church
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon (Dennis) Spratt, of Lawrence; a son, Randall (Gwen) Stoecker, Raleigh, NC, six grandchildren; Tanya Renee Heller, Stephanie Michelle Schmidt, Christopher Jason Stoecker, Tiffany Renee Mountz, Lindsay S. Henson, and Kristin Marie Unruh, and 20 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in her name to Cottonwood, Inc., of Lawrence or to the Oakley United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.
Dear Randy and the Stoecker Family:
Please accept our sympathy for the passing of Margie. Reading about her gives me an insight that she loved and was loved very much. May you all take comfort knowing she is now in a better place. A life well-lived is to be celebrated. Celebrate her memory. Take care.
Your mother was certainly the very special lady described in the obituary. Well known and highly respected, she was a role model in every aspect of her life. A loving and loyal wife, great mother and a pioneer as a successful businesswoman, she did it all with style and grace. I have nothing but positive memories of both of your parents and feel fortunate to have known them. My sympathy to all in the loss of your mother. Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew her.
Dear Sharon and family,
Our deepest condolences are extended to you and your family from all of us at Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas. Although I did not know your mother personally, I can see her values/strengths coming through in you. Thank you for providing the great glimpse into her life. Reading of her life and her life’s work, the presence of Love for her family and for those around her is apparent. It appears to me – there is probably a grand reunion going on in Heaven. Both Sadness and Joy wrapped all together. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. May the Great Comforter embrace each and everyone of you and give you His peace.
Our sympathy goes out to you and your family. She was a very special lady and you and Sharon were so lucky to have a special mom like she was. Your whole family was special to the Broeckelman family. I feel bad that I can’t make the funeral do to prior arrangements I could not change but know our thoughts and prayers are with you, Gwen and all of the rest of your family.
Bob and Bunny
Dear Randy and the Stoecker Family
All the Hamann’s spread in various parts of the world, were so sorry to hear about your Mother. As you know we lost my Mum this last year and know how hard it is – no matter how full a life we know she has lived. We know how much she and your Dad influenced you and all you have been to our family – in our work and private lives – over the many years we have know you. No greater gift can parents give. Please know our thoughts and sympathies are coming to you and all your family from Australia, Germany and Canada.
sharon, randy, and all —
i was sad to read of marge’s death in the oakley graphic. she was such a wonderful role model for women in the work place, always professional. thinking of you all..