Margie Nelson, 87, of Galva, KS, passed away at 2:07 a.m., Tuesday, October 2, peacefully, at Angel Arms, McPherson.
Margie was born in Empire Township, Kansas on June 5, 1925, a daughter of the late Anna (Nightingale) and Dan A. Becker.
Margie attended and graduated from the North Liberty Country School in McPherson County and graduated from Galva High School, Galva, Kansas.
She was a member of Galva Christian Church Galva, Kansas. Margie was a member of the Canton Christian Church when they lived in Canton, Kansas. There she led the Church Choir and served as treasurer for many years.
Margie was a homemaker and during WWII she worked at an ammunition plant in DeSoto, Kansas, in the black powder room to do her part during the war. Margie and her husband Gene owned and operated the Farmers Market grocery store in Galva from 1949 until 1960. They bought their second grocery store, Nelson's Food Bowl in Canton, Kansas in 1957 and ran it until they sold it in 1973. In 1974 Margie and Gene bought and ran the Canton Locker until they both retired in 1989. They worked side by side for over 40 years.
Margie was a member of the Kansas Meat Processors Association.
Margie Becker was united in marriage to Ray Gene Nelson on May 20, 1946, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, Salina, Kansas. He died on January 3, 1996.
Margie is survived by her sons Kelly Nelson and his wife Kathy, of Galva, Kansas, and George Nelson and his wife Jennifer, of McPherson, Kansas; her sisters Phyllis Smith, of Moundridge, Kansas, and Fern Jantz, of San Bernardino, California; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Tate and her husband Bryan, of San Antonio; Christopher Nelson and his wife Krystal, of Manhattan, Kansas, Megan Bowen and her husband Dan, of Moundridge, Kansas, Whitney Hardman and her husband Josh, of Inman, Kansas, Drew Turner and her husband Tyler, of Hohenfels, Germany and Taryn Nelson, of McPherson, Kansas; five great-grandchildren, Caden Tate, of San Antonio, Texas, Skyler Bowan, of Moundridge, Kansas, Kaleb Bowan, of Moundridge, Kansas, Collin Tate, of San Antonio, Texas and Carlie Nelson, of Manhattan, Kansas; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Margie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gene, brothers: Marvin, Orlie, and Gene "Jim" Becker; sisters: Elma Becker, Hazel Becker, Evelyn Koehn.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 4, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas.
Funeral service will be held at Galva Christian Church, Galva, Kansas, at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 5, with Reverend Tripp Edwards and Pastor Phil Radatz officiating.
Final resting place will be in the Empire Cemetery, Galva, Kansas.
Memorial contributions may be given to Galva Christian Church or Angel Arms of McPherson, Kansas, and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.