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Mrs. Margaret L. Crews, age 80 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Monday, July 19, 2010, at the University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia, Mo.
Margaret was born March 30, 1930, in Southeast Missouri, the daughter of Robert E. and Susie Bell Martin Tetley. She was married on February 24, 1951, in Sikeston, Mo. to John J. Crews who preceded her in death on June 11, 1990. She was a 1947 graduate of Morehouse High School. She graduated from Lincoln University with a degree in education and from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a masters in education. After attending secretarial school, she was employed as a secretary at several businesses. After receiving her degree in education, she taught in the business dept. of Jefferson City High School for many years prior to her retirement in 1989. After retirement, she was employed as a legislative secretary for several years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church; the Delta Kappa Gamma, the University of Missouri Alumni Assn.; the National Education Assn.; and was active in the Capital Region Medical Center Partners. Margaret played bridge and dominoes and was active in several bridge clubs. She was an avid reader and from her mother and grandmother, she learned to love to crochet, knit, embroider, cross stitch and quilt. She became passionate about quilting. Margaret enjoyed life filled with various interests, travel, friends, and family. Survivors include: Three daughters, Vicki Simpson and her husband Buzz of St. Louis, Mo.; Terri Crews of Springfield, Mo.; and Melinda Swedeen and her husband Audie of Florida; one brother, Martin L. Tetley and his wife Lucetria of St. Louis, Mo; four grandchildren, Kristen Jones, PR3 Brock Jones and his wife Crystle, Derek Jones, and Zachary Swedeen; one great- grandson, Andrew; one sister-in-law, Shirley Tetley; and five nieces, one nephew, and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband John, and one brother, Robert E. Tetley in 1996. Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 22, 2010, in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Chris Dumas officiating. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to First United Methodist Church Foundation or the charity of their choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com