|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1916|
|Death: ||Jul. 12, 2006|
SALEM — Margaret (Megrail) Hanna Chidester, 89, died at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday in Salem.
She was born on Aug. 1, 1916 in Salem to the late Irving T. and Edna (Worman) Megrail.
Margaret was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grand-mother, and special friend to everybody. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
A lifetime area resident and graduate of Salem Senior High School. She attended the Grove City College to obtain a degree in accounting, and attended a local secretarial school. She served as a secretary at the former Salem China Company and Salem Engineering with her husband John. She later worked for 25 years for the Salem Board of Education as the Clerk/Treasurer and retired in 1989. She was a long time member of the Salem First United Methodist Church, Quota Club International, Salem Alumni Association, and the Salem Book Club.
Margaret was known as a very active volunteer in the area, and enjoyed it. She volunteered in the start up of the Speech and Hearing Clinic of the Salem Quota Club, a 25-year volunteer of the Salem Public Library. She was an avid bird watcher, loved to travel by car and by trains all over the United States.
In 1939, Margaret married her first husband, John W. Hanna. They started their family with four children, Mrs. Robert C. (Kathryn) Moore of Salem, Mrs. Philip (Evelyn) Groves of Atwater, David and Barbara Hanna of Mentor, and Donald Hanna who passed away at a very young age. In 1961, John Hanna passed away.
Margaret being the volunteer person that she was, she went to Columbus to find out how to start a group, "Parents without partners" in Salem. At this meeting, she met her second husband, Dale W. Chidester, and were married in 1974. She became the step-mother to Mrs. Peter (Pamela) Albaugh of Harmonsburg, Pa., Margery Wherlry of Dover, James Chidester of Austintown, and Joseph Chidester of Dover.
Margaret and Dale shared their hobbies of History and Genealogy as they traveled all over the United States. In 2000, Dale Chidester passed away.
Margaret is survived by her children, step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she loved very dearly.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2006 in the Chapel of the Salem First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Irwin officiating. A time of visitation and sharing with the family will be held one hour prior to the service in the Parlor of the church. She will be buried in the Historic Hope Cemetery in Salem.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home, Salem, Ohio.
The family has requested that memorial contributions to be made to the Historic Hope Cemetery Association, The Salem First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, or the Salem Public Library.
Irving Thomas Megrail (1886 - 1967)
Edna Irene Worman Megrail (1889 - 1966)
John W. Hanna (1902 - 1961)
Plot: Sec 8 Row 16
Created by: clarence laney
Record added: Jul 07, 2006
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