Margaret L. Bilyeu

December 29, 1919 - March 23, 2013

Margaret L. Bilyeu, 93, of California, Mo., passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 29, 1919, in Moniteau County, Missouri, the daughter of William B. and Hedwig "Hattie" (Lademann) VanMater who preceded her in death. She was married to Gerald "Lee" Bilyeu on October 8, 1938, in California, Mo. Gerald "Lee" preceded her in death on July 27, 2005. She graduated the eighth grade from Rock Island Country School. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking for her husband and family and anyone who stopped by. She deeply loved her family. She was baptized of the Lutheran faith and attended the First Baptist Church in California, Mo. Survivors include: two daughters, Doris Jean Kunze and husband Kenneth of California, Mo. and Shirley Marie Swearingen of the home; one brother, Dorsey VanMater of Carthage, Mo.; six grandchildren, Wayne, Mark and Bryan Kunze, Kathy Kempfer, Kris and Kevin Swearingen; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant son and infant daughter and one brother, Herbert VanMater. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 1:00 p.m.. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services. Burial will be at the California City Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Greg Morrow. Visitation will also be on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Hospice Compassus c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak St., California, MO 65018. Arrangements are under the Direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.

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  • 100 South Oak Street California California, Mo 65018
  • 573-796-4901
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