Margaret M. Betterton Kerr, resident of Monett, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the age of 92 years. Margaret was born in Oklahoma July 8, 1926 but was raised in Missouri. She married very early to a young farmer and Missouri boy, Ray Kerr. They were married for 73 tears. They lived by the motto of the depression era, "Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without." During their first years of marriage, wages were a dollar a day and if you made $6 or $7 for the week you were doing extremely well.
Margaret lost her mom when she was two years old and due to that loss, felt family was always first priority. This concern was not just for her own children, she loved all children. If you wanted to make her day, just let her talk to, hold, or buy some treat for a child.
Margaret lived through the serving of 16 American presidents, from Calvin Coolidge to the current president. She experienced the tragedy of her father dying from WWI injuries, had a husband serve during WWII, a grandson serve during the conflict in Iraq and currently two more in the army reserves. She said life troubles kept her talking to God.
She was a farmer's wife in a day and time when women did the work in the field of two or three men alongside their husbands. Margaret was also skillful at preparing meals that would make chefs today jealous. She was politically active - helping people make it to voting booths and volunteering there,
community minded serving meals to neighbors who were ill or in need, yet very private with her own needs. During her life she played hard, laughed easily, and loved passionately. In later years she and her husband went on more than 40 cruises, touring the world and the America they loved.
Margaret and Ray have four daughters, Shirley Stumpff, Saundra D'Souza, Annita D'Amico and Pamela Crawford (who preceded Margaret in death). They have 12 grandchildren, Steve Wilson, Kevin Wilson (who preceded her in death), Jordan Wilson Henry, Russell Taylor, Jason Taylor, Ruth Taylor Jordan, Julie Taylor Megown, Kris D'Amico, Freya D'Amico Popempa, Meghan D'Amico Wedgewood, Ben D'Amico and Ashley Kerr Grady; 21 great-grandchildren and 15great-great-grandchildren. Margaret lived to see and enjoy her lineage to the fifth generation, a rare privilege.
A granddaughter shares that she knew her grandmother to be "an award-winning baker, incredibly knowledgeable about plants and animal behavior, the most resilient hard-working woman, and the sweetest grandmother." Margaret's life was richer than most and she was grateful for every day considering it a blessing and a gift from God.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 27 in the Peterson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Maple Park Cemetery.
Memorial gifts can be made in Margaret's honor to the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks, 949 E. Primrose St., Springfield, MO. 65807-5257.