Marguerite Allison Gaarder

Marguerite Allison Gaarder


St. Joseph, Missouri. Marguerite Alice (Allison) Gaarder, 91, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013, at her home at a local assisted-living facility.

Marguerite was born June 11, 1921, on her family’s farmstead near Olathe, Kansas. She was the youngest of five children born to Aaron and Alice Allison.


On February 23, 1946, Marguerite married Gilbert William Gaarder of Blythedale, Mo. He preceded her in death on March 21, 1993.


Out of their union of forty-seven years came seven children: Gilbert “Bill” William Jr. (Carol), both deceased;  Patricia Ann, St. Paul, Minnesota; Stephen Thomas (Mary), Joplin, Missouri;  Susan Kay (Jean Whisnant), Lakewood, Colorado; David Robert (Barbara O’Sullivan), Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nancy Jean (Robert Reincke) Omaha, Nebraska; and John Allison (Jeannette), Troy, Kansas; eight grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, a great-grandchild expected in May, and seven step-great-grandchildren. Marguerite is also survived by her sister, Pearl Thorp of Prairie Village, Kansas.


Before moving to St. Joseph in 1967, the family lived in Shawnee-Mission, Kansas.


Marguerite attended Emporia State Kansas Teachers College and taught in a one-room schoolhouse near Olathe. During World War II, she worked as an air traffic controller in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Later in life she worked at Central High School in the cafeteria. She also took pride in her work on a Buchanan County grand jury.


Marguerite was devoted to her family and her faith. She was an active member of Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church, where she served on the church board and was active in numerous church groups, including the Guy Harden sunday school class and the Martha Fellowship.


Her many interests included scouting, when her children were young, visiting with extended family and friends, and making gifts for others, including crocheted afghans. She showed her devotion to her family in many ways, frequently with a homemade treat or dessert.


She was known for her friendliness and sense of humor.


Marguerite is also preceded in death by a brother, Francis, and sisters, Lois and Ruth.


Services: 11:00 A.M. Monday, Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church. Interment Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Kansas. The family will receive friends 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday, where friends may call after 4:00 P.M. Sunday. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Messages of Condolence

  1. Larry DeShon says:

    Sorry I won’t be able to visit, seeing daughter in Texas. I had great respect for your Mom &Dad. I always got a big smile from your Mom when I saw her. My prayer goes to all of you.

  2. Sally Anaya-Boyer says:

    Pat and family,
    Bill and I send our sympathies. You spoke so much about your Mother to the SPCO gang, that we felt we got to know her. We could tell how much her family loved her. I will never forget the Princess Diana plate! Love, Sally and Bill Boyer, Minneapolis.

  3. Betsy Turner says:

    Oh Pat,It was so sad to hear that your dear Mom had died. The SPCO group really felt that we had gotten to know her over the years, and I, actually, was lucky enough to meet her once, as she sat in a car when you went on a quick errand to pick up some new glasses. What a dynamo family she raised, and for that, she could be so proud !!
    You all will have great memories of your shared time together, and that will make you smile again.
    With deepest sympathy, Betsy

  4. Tom and Susan Gaarder says:

    So sorry that we are unable to be with you for Marguerite’s service. Marguerite was always kind and thoughtful when we visited the family home in St Joseph. Gilbert and Marguerite will be greatly missed. Love to all the family.
    Tm and Susan Gaarder

  5. Jackie Foster says:

    I am so gld I got to meet your Mom and stay at your Old Homestead a few years ago. She was so kind and welcoming to me. I’m sorry for your loss. Jackie

  6. Dorothea Gumbrill says:

    Dear Pat,
    Such sad news! You loved your mom so much. I feel like knowing her from the photographs in your home. What a kind and beautiful face.
    I am thinking of you and your family wishing you peace.

  7. Nancy Gaarder says:

    Thank you, friends, for thinking of us and sharing our loss with us.

  8. Geoff Smith says:

    Pat–just saw this. Know that I am thinking of you, and yes, I remember the wonderful things you said back in the day about your folks, when you were a student at Macalester. Hugs…..

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