|Margaret J. Anderson|
|Reprinted Courtesy of The Pantagraph|
GIBSON CITY - Margaret J. Anderson, 98, of Gibson City died at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday (March 21, 2012) at the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton.
Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at The First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City with the Rev. Frank R. Fisher officiating. Visitation will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City.
Mrs. Anderson was born July 24, 1913, in Gibson City, a daughter of Clark E. and Linda (Osborne) Jenkins. She married Stewart F. Anderson on Dec. 29, 1939, in Gibson City. He died April 14, 1989. The couple had no children, but Mrs. Anderson enjoyed helping other children along their way. She also provided care for a number of friends and family members. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews in Gibson City, Hoopeston and Peoria, as well as in Alabama and Kentucky. Also her very special friends, Phil and Jean Noelsch and their family.
Margaret attended rural schools near Guthrie and Elliott before moving to Bellflower in 1927 with her family. She graduated from Bellflower Township High School, then attended the Chicago College of Commerce.
Mrs. Anderson was involved in Gibson City's business world for over 60 years. A good portion of her professional life included serving as the elected Drummer Township Clerk for 43 years and as the Gibson City Municipal Clerk for a total of 21 years. She also was first appointed in 1997, and then elected to two terms on the Ford County Board of Trustees, stepping down in 2006 at the age of 93.
During her working years, Mrs. Anderson held positions with Harders's Restaurant and Bakery, Gibson City Canning Company, Central Illinois Power Company in Gibson City and Paxton, Noble Brothers Seeds and Central Soya. She also owned and operated a soda fountain at the former Bryant's Drug Store in downtown Gibson City.
Margaret was active in a number of professional and community organizations throughout her life. She held life memberships in the International Municipal Clerks Association and was honored during a convention in Alaska for being one of only four clerks in Illinois and just 34 in the world to have attained the advanced academy of education certification at that time.
She also was a member of the Illinois Municipal Clerk's Association, for which she served as vice president, treasurer and district director. She was a 43-year member of Illinois Township Officials and was listed in the 1969 edition of Illinois Lives. She was a charter member of the former Gibson City Business & Professional Women's Club. She was chosen as the group's first Woman of the Year and held many offices within the club.
Mrs. Anderson was a member of steering committees that organized Gibson City's first Community Chest fund, raised funds to build Gibson Community Hospital and organized the first migrant council in town.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving two terms as trustee and was a member of the Presbyterian Women's Association. She was a member since 1936 of Rebekah Lodge, Order of the Odd Fellows and served as Noble Grand. She also served on the Gibson City Council of Churches.
Her community volunteer work also included being both a member and officer of the Gibson Beautification Foundation and the Gibson City Women's Club. She served as secretary for the school's student loan fund for nearly 30 years. She was a member of the hospital's development advisory committee and was an assistant to the director of the Gift of Love Program until 1999. She most recently served as assistant director of Share Food program in Gibson City and as treasurer for PACT (Parents and Children Together).
Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, history and photography. She was a member since 1949 and former vice president of the Champaign County Camera Club. She was a member of the Ford County Historical Society and the Bishop Hill Restoration Program. She also sewed many lap quilts for donation to area veterans' homes.
Memorial tributes may be made to the Illinois Knights Templar Home, The First Presbyterian Church or the Gibson Area hospital-Annex.
Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City is in charge of arrangements.
Margaret J. Anderson
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