Margaret Ann Speer, 90, of Charleston, Illinois passed away peacefully Sunday, April 23, 2023 at Palm Terrace of Mattoon. Burial of cremated remains will be held at a later date in Lynman Township Cemetery. Memorials in her honor may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church’s Youth Appalachia Service Project (ASP on the memo line) and mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.
Margaret was born November 7, 1932 in Mattoon, Illinois the daughter of Edgar Burton and Mary Amelia (Ebert) Ellington. She is survived by her daughter, Celia Lea Sanders of Charleston, Illinois; three grandchildren, Jared Wright (fiancé, Rainie Seibold), Cameron (Jessica) Wright, and Savanah Wright; and two great-grandchildren, Niall Westley Wright, and Nolan Maxwell Wright. She was preceded in death by her son John “Alan” Speer.
Margaret worked at Eastern Illinois University in the records department for several years before retiring. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and the Charleston Weavers and Spinning Guild. She graduated from EIU with a bachelor’s in Botany, which led to her love of plants, gardening, and flowers. She enjoyed reading, listening to the radio, and her dog Sam. She was a big sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the Cubs. She had a passion for travel and truly enjoyed seeing the world. She will be missed.
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