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Bisch & Son Funeral Home

505 East Allen, Springfield, IL

OBITUARY

Margaret Josephine Graddy

December 9, 1929July 14, 2020

Springfield - Margaret Josephine (Coffey) Graddy peacefully passed away at home on July 14, 2020.

She was born on December 9, 1929 along with her identical mirror twin Elizabeth Louise in Greensboro, NC. After a challenging childhood, Margaret graduated from North Carolina Teachers College and married George Graddy from Terre Haute, IN. She went on to get a Masters Degree at Indiana State University and to teach elementary students for the next 49 years in VA, IN, NC, OH and IL.

Margaret loved children, pets, singing. laughing and the pursuit of justice for all. She is survived and will be missed by her ex husband George; son Ed (Eileen); grandchildren Ryan (Karen) and Rachel; great grandson James; sister Marion Hensley; nieces Pat Ladd and Susan Heckman; nephew Bob Hensley and compassionate caregivers Sara Denny and Heather Kaylor.

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Terri Berns

July 26, 2020

Margaret was a member and a past president of our Alpha Delta Kappa service sorority Alpha Chapter for over 50 years. Our sorority is a group of educators who support other educators and charities in our community and is a chapter of the international Alpha Delta Kappa sorority. Margaret became our chapter's Golden Sister (50 year member) in 2016 when we celebrated her contribution to the sorority with a ceremony. (photo of Margaret at that ceremony follows)
Her twin sister was also a member.
May Margaret rest in peace. We will cherish her memory.

Jerry and Janene Tice

July 25, 2020

We are so sorry. I shared a classroom at PORTA with Bette and knew Pegge. It was wonderful that they could share a home to raise their children and to be company for one another after the children were grown. I admired their dedication to exercise by swimming at the YMCA every morning.
Our since sympathy,
Jerry and Janene Tice

Rachel Graddy

July 18, 2020

Margaret Josephine Graddy held only one type of opinion—a strong one. I can’t help but believe that my strong-headedness had to come at least in part from her. She even turned her career into a stubborn conviction, teaching reading to children for nearly 50 years before she was finally convinced to retire in her mid 70s. She impacted generations of students and has a legacy that stretches far beyond herself.

A child of the Great Depression, she spent her formative years in an orphanage along with her siblings, to ease burdens on the family. Undoubtedly, these experiences impacted her throughout her life, as she found security in material possessions and loved giving gifts to others. She and I held differing opinions on many things (including the number of possessions one needed to be happy), but I like to think that we’d both agree that the greatest gift was time spent together. I’m forever grateful that I was able to spend her final birthday with her.

So in memory of her, I tried to give myself non-material gifts this week; taking that meeting from home, going for night walks looking for fireflies (her favorite), and building a fort just because. Buddy Wakefield says it far better than I ever could, “I bet the biggest misconception about death is that we won’t care anymore. I will never not love you.” Margaret you are loved and missed.

Rachel Graddy

July 18, 2020

Margaret Josephine Graddy held only one type of opinion--a strong one. I can’t help but believe that my strong-headedness had to come from her. She even turned her career into a stubborn conviction, teaching reading to children for nearly 50 years before she was finally convinced to retire in her mid 70s. She impacted generations of students and has a legacy that stretches far beyond herself.

A child of the Great Depression, she spent her formative years in an orphanage along with her siblings, to ease burdens on the family. Undoubtedly, these experiences impacted her throughout her life, as she found security in material possessions and loved giving gifts to others. She and I held differing opinions on many things (including the number of possessions one needed to be happy), but I like to think that we’d both agree that the greatest gift was time spent together. I’m forever grateful that I was able to spend her final birthday with her.

So in memory of her, I've been trying to give myself (non-material) gifts; taking that meeting from home, going for night walks looking for fireflies (her favorite), and building a fort just because. Buddy Wakefield says it far better than I ever could, “I bet the biggest misconception about death is that we won’t care anymore. I will never not love you.” Margaret you are loved and missed.

--Rachel Graddy (granddaughter)

Susan Heckman

July 16, 2020

I always felt a fondness for my Margaret..., "aunt Peggy as we called her"; and delighted in seeing her. She touched so many lives throughout her teaching career.

I celebrate her life. And take comfort in knowing that she is now enjoying her eternal home in God's place of peace and surrounded by Love.

Susan J. Heckman, Niece

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