Margaret Virginia Dean

Margaret Virginia Taylor Dean went to her heavenly home on August 28, at the age of 101 years, 10 months, 1 week and 1 day. 

Margaret was born on October 20, 1918, in Hunnewell, Missouri, the daughter of Charles Porter “C.P.” and Vallie Virginia (Parsons) Taylor.  She married Turner “Hook” Dean on August 10, 1940. 

Margaret received her teaching certificate after graduating high school and started teaching at the age of 19.  She taught school for a few years until her marriage.  Margaret had a long-time career in the doctor’s office in Monroe City where she worked for Dr. F. N. Simmons for 25 years until he retired, then working in the same office for Dr. Rice another 20 years.  Margaret was a longtime member of Monroe City Christian Church.  She was a member and active with the Rebecca Lodge for many years.  She was a volunteer & supporter for OATS and rode the “bus” on various trips for 35 years.

Margaret was an avid outdoors woman.  She loved gardening and always had flowers all around her house, even growing flowers and a few vegetables outside her door at her apartment.  She enjoyed hunting for hickory nuts, fishing, and mushrooming, anything that had her out in God’s creation.  Aunt Margaret (as she was affectionately known) also had a deep love for children and enjoyed having them come to visit.  She kept that special suitcase of toys, and had plenty of formal dresses that made for wonderful times of dress up at her house.  Her love language was giving – seldom could you leave her house without her giving you something: nuts, fruits, flowers; whatever she had, she wanted to share.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Turner “Hook” Dean in 1980, her three brothers and their wives, John R. Taylor and Mary, Roscoe Taylor and Ethel, Robert Taylor and Helen, brother-in-law Elmer Lee, and several nieces and nephews. 

She is survived by her two sisters, Irene Lee of Traverse City, Michigan and Mary Sue Zeiger of Shelbina.  She is also survived by a great number of nieces and nephews who dearly loved her.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 1, at the Garner Funeral Home and Chapel, Monroe City. Burial will be in the St. Jude Cemetery, Monroe City.

In honor of Margaret, memorial gifts may be made to the Monroe City Nutrition Center or Overseas Ministry of great nephew.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home and Chapel, Monroe City. Online condolences can be made at

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