The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 14, 2014

Margaret Boatman

JOPLIN, Mo. — Margaret Elizabeth Boatman, 91, passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. She was born Aug. 26, 1922, in San Bernardino, Calif., to Elmer and Ethel Mae (Fenton) Paine.

Margaret married the love of her life, John Boatman, on June 15, 1940, just three days after graduating from high school. They were married for 73 loving years.

Margaret loved the Lord and was a faithful servant, always doing anything needed in the church. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandma. Her husband and family were her joy and delight here on earth. She had a beautiful smile, bright eyes and a very loving heart. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Margaret is survived by her husband, John, of the home; by two children, Phillip Alan Boatman and wife, Karen, of Escondido, Calif., and Linda Diane Boles and husband, Kenny, of Joplin; by four grandchildren, Kim Boatman and April McBride, of Escondido, Leigh Anne Johnson, of Franklin, Ind., and Eric Boles, of Shawnee, Kan.; by four great-grandchildren, Hope McBride, Sydney Johnson, Simon Boles and Sarah Boles; and by many, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer Paine and Ethel Gamber; by her sister, Callean Petersen; and by her brother, Allen Paine.

A celebration of life service will be held at Villa Heights Christian Church at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.

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