Margaret Evelyn Hess

229Margaret E. Hess, 78 of Butler, Missouri passed away January 18, 2017 at her home in Butler.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 am Monday, January 23, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Butler.  A Rosary will be recited at 3:00 pm Sunday, January 22 at Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler (660-679-0009).  Visitation will follow on Sunday, also at the funeral home from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.  Graveside services will take place 2:30 pm Monday, January 23 in St. Joseph Cemetery, Humboldt, Kansas.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), Heartland Hospice, or a charity of choice.   Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Margaret Evelyn Mary Hess (nee Nelson), age 78, died January 18, 2017, fortified with the sacraments of the church, after a battle with leukemia.

Margaret leaves her husband of 53 years, James Phillip Hess; daughters Mary Hess (Philadelphia, PA), Sarah (Brad) Gentry (Lee’s Summit, MO), Elizabeth (Paul) Rechenberg (Chesterfield, MO); seven grandchildren, Maria, Adam and Nathan Gentry and Emma, Kathryn, Thomas and Nicholas Rechenberg.  She was proceeded in death by one granddaughter Mariana Rechenberg.  Margaret is survived by siblings Sister Mary Prudentia (Wichita, Kansas) Robert (Rosie) Nelson (Eldorado, Kansas), and Anna Ford (Humboldt, Kansas), numerous family and friends.

Born to Roy and Marie Nelson on December 29, 1938, Margaret grew up in Humboldt, Kansas as the youngest of six children.  Raised on a dairy farm, Margaret learned discipline and responsibility. She valued education.  This passion for learning continued into her college years where she graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Chemistry and minor in Biology.  Margaret attended further education to be a Medical Technologist, receiving certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.  In addition, she ascertained her certificate designation as a Specialist in Chemistry.  Margaret worked as a Medical Technologist at several hospitals in Kansas City.

As members of the same church, Margaret and Phil knew of each other for a lifetime.  The two began dating while taking the same collegiate Chemistry class and married on August 24, 1963.  The couple moved to Butler, Missouri, where Phil worked as a pharmacist. Margaret was active in the home, sewing clothes and baking treats for her family, leading 4-H projects and tending vegetable and flower gardens. When Phil and Margaret became owners of Hess Rexall Pharmacy, Margaret assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer, assisting customers and managing merchandise.  During this time Margaret always supported her daughters through their higher education endeavors of pharmacy, engineering and law.

Upon retirement, Margaret and Phil enjoyed traveling.  Margaret collected ornaments from countries they visited spanning the globe and beautifully displayed them on the Christmas travel tree. Margaret relished these experiences including her trip to the Holy Land, cruise around South America, hot air balloon ride over Turkey, the following of St. Paul’s footsteps in Greece, African safari, pilgrimages to Fatima and Lourdes and vacations with her children and grandchildren.

Margaret was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, reading, singing in the choir and teaching PSR. In addition, Margaret was an active member of Chapter HV PEO serving in numerous officer positions.  Later in life, Margaret received her degree as a Master Gardener and  chaired the open class flower division at the Bates County Fair.  She also volunteered at the Bates County Memorial Hospital as a member of the Auxiliary.

Margaret loved her grandchildren and always sent homemade candies and cookies to them on the holidays.  She attended numerous sporting games, dance recitals, plays and activities in which they participated. Margaret strived to learn new things all her life and enjoyed hearing about her grandchildren’s diverse educational majors.

Throughout her lifetime, Margaret was an exemplary role model, showing hard work, kindness and love — the pillars of true success.  She cherished her relationship with the Lord and treasured her many encounters with family and friends.

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20 thoughts on “Margaret Evelyn Hess

  1. Phil and family, I am so saddened to read of Margaret’s passing. May her memory be eternal. Lovingly, Carolyn

  2. With Deepest Sympathy, we lost a very dear neighbor. Our thoughts a prayers are with you and your families. Never hesitate to call if you need anything.
    Randy, Diane and Ruth

  3. My deepest sympathies to the families in the loss of their loved one. So many good memories are left to remember her. Prayers.

  4. To all of the Hess family please know that I am greatly saddened over your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers and may Margaret rest in peace in the arms of our loving Father in Heaven.

  5. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Linda Fairman and family

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  7. Uncle Phil, Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth and family, Aunt Margaret has been a treasured and much-loved part of many of my most cherished memories. She will be most dearly missed. Love to all of you.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss Phil. She and you have treated me with such love and respect. Margaret, and your family will be in our prayers. We love you all deeply. Judy, Patrick, Marcus and David Weiner.

  9. My heart cries out to all of the family. My condolences to each of you. My teardrops for the loss of a great friend. Georgia Castle

  10. I met Margaret approximately 12 years ago and immediately realized what a wonderful women she was. I will miss talking to her about a variety of things but especially her children and grandchildren. My deepest sympathy goes to her family.

  11. I am so saddened to learn of this family loss. I’ve known the Hess family for years and each member is so loving and tender-hearted. I have fond memories of Margaret and the family, and I pray for each of you now–for comfort, strength, and peace.

  12. We are so saddened by the passing of Margaret. She was always so kind to my parents, sister and us. She and Phil were such wonderful parents and grandparents…I know your amazing memories will comfort you during this difficult time. I’m so glad I got to see her recently. She handled her illness with such grace and a peace for what lay ahead. Her Faith was unfaltering. She definitely will be missed by many. Our love to you Phil, girls and your families. Martha & Pete Tatman

  13. Phil and family, George and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. Margaret was a wonderful neighbor and PEO sister for many years. We’ll be thinking about you in the difficult days ahead.

  14. I was so very sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing…My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Margaret was a very special lady and I always enjoyed visiting with her. May God grant you peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  15. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Phil and family.
    Margaret was a very special friend we will miss her so much.
    So many memories Eddy and I have with your family.
    It all started when the girls were very young.
    Will Cherish the Memories.
    Friends, Eddy & Dana

  16. Mary, Sarah and Elizabeth, I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I have vivid memories of her supporting you girls in all of your endeavors while I was teaching at Butler. Pam (Oyster) Caskey

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