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Margaret "Margo" Parrish

March 16, 1956 May 21, 2014
Margaret "Margo" Parrish
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PEORIA - Margaret “Margo” Parrish, 58, of Peoria passed away at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center with family and friends at her side. Margo was born March 16, 1956, in Great Bend, Kans., to Chuck and Mary Ann Dreiling, and was the oldest of 5. She met the love of her life, Michael, in high school and their first date was on Valentine's Day. They were married on May 8, 1982, at Thorncrown Chapel. After moving to Lawrence, Kans., in 1985, they had their first and only child, Mariel, despite being told she could not conceive as a result of treatments for a rare form of cancer in her early teens. Mariel was truly a miracle baby. While in Lawrence, Margo worked multiple jobs to help support the family and Michael, who was pursuing his college degree. She liked saying she was working on her PhT (Putting Hubby Through). The happy family called Peoria their home in 1989. Margo followed in her father's footsteps working in the grocery business for 35 years for both the Kroger and Supervalu corporations, filling a number of illustrious positions throughout her tenure. She developed close relationships with several of her co-workers who were with her until the end. Margo was completely invested in her family and friends. She regularly brought people food, funny gifts and little surprises, which she referred to as her 'care packages'. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary and was renowned for baking cakes for everyone. Margo was very passionate about animal welfare and music, and expressed her creativity through poetry, sewing, and baking. She made the 'best lasagna in the world'. One of her favorite things was to spend time at Lake of the Ozarks and especially loved igniting fireworks off her lake house dock. She and Michael had a standing date night each week at Rhodell Brewery for fifteen years where they developed many close friendships. She enjoyed brewing her own beer and sharing it with those around her. She will be remembered as deeply caring, loyal, fun loving and absolutely reliable. She leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Michael; her daughter, Mariel; sisters, Marcia, Marilyn, and Marita and her husband, Steven; brother, Steve; mother, Mary Ann; nephew, Casey all of Springfield, Mo. She also leaves behind a great number of friends who were very special to her. A visitation will be from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Wright & Salmon in Peoria. Margo's final resting place will be in Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, MO close to her father Chuck. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Peoria Area Welfare Shelter (PAWS). Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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