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Margaret Tawney

Mrs. Margaret “Maggie” Tawney, age 75, went home to be in the presence of her Lord and Savior on Monday, June 18, 2012. She grew up on a farm that had a flowing well. Her father raised trout for the DNR, and her mother was a homemaker. Maggie’s parents were believers, and she attended church since her birth in Ensley Township. Sunday school was held at Flowing Well School, and she accepted Christ at an early age. Maggie was the Salutatorian of her graduating class of 1954 at Howard City High School. She told many stories of her husband, Leon pestering her in school, especially Spanish class. After high school, she worked at a pickle station as a bookkeeper, and then worked for W.W.W. for 55 cents an hour. Maggie wrote every day to Leon while he learned the road building trade. After he came back, Leon worked for the State of Michigan, and they were married. When their children arrived, Maggie stayed at home until 1970 when she began working at the Meijer Store #2 in Cedar Springs, and then on Alpine Avenue until 1986 when she had surgery to remove a brain tumor. Maggie was creative, offered encouragement to others, loved music, liked serving her God, and had the gift of hospitality. Even with her illness, she was always upbeat and a true witness of her Lord and Savior, fulfilling God’s purpose for her on earth. Her family and friends will always remember her affectionate “smile.” She was a member of First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. She is survived by her husband, Leon; er children, Matt Tawney, Sam and Marci Tawney, Michael and Carol Tawney, Kenda and Brian Baskerville; 15 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild with the anticipated arrival of one more; sister and brothers, Pauline (Bob) Bird, Francis (Barb) Butler, Samuel (Sharon) Butler; sister-in-law, Mrs. Arlene Butler; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, David, brother, Leonard Butler, and sister, Marie. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Tawney will be Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, 233 S. Main St., with Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Interment in Oakgrove Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Mel Trotter Ministries, 225 Commerce Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Wednesday. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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