Margaret Ann (Cain) McElwee, 83, of Excelsior Springs went to be with the Lord on September 6, 2017 in her home surrounded by her family. Margaret and her twin sister Mary Reeves were born on November 21, 1933 near Cowgill, Missouri. She graduated from Polo High School in 1951 and was united in Marriage to Earl J. McElwee on August 29, 1954. The couple had four children, sons, Paul M. McElwee, J. Brent McElwee, and E. Kent McElwee, and daughter, Kimberly A. McElwee Sanson.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Charles C. Cain and Jessie L. Cain, her son, Earl “Kent” McElwee, and her grandson, Aaron S. Dickey.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Earl J. McElwee; son, Paul M. McElwee and his wife, Kimberly K. McElwee of Excelsior Springs and their children Justin T. Dickey, Ainsley C. McElwee and Alexandra J. McElwee; son, Brent McElwee of Excelsior Springs and his children, Robert Fisher, Carson J. McElwee and Dina D. McElwee; daughter, Kimberly A. Sanson and her husband, Gary R. Sanson of Excelsior Springs and their children, Jacob R. Simmons and his wife, Melissa D. Simmons, and Brody R. Sanson and his wife, Lindsay Sanson. Son Kent McElwee had one son, Jeffrey Hamilton and wife, Zirlinda. Margaret and Earl were also blessed with six great grandchildren, Amora L. Simmons, Kenadee K. Sanson, Leighton J. Sanson and Lorissa, Laci and Lilli Hamilton. Margaret is also survived by her twin sister and best friend, Mary L. “Cain” Reeves. She is also survived by three nieces, Jennifer McCrary and her husband, Terry, Heather McElwee, and Pam McElwee, and one nephew, Tim Reeves and his wife, Vickie. She had six great nieces and nephews, Mendy Wibbenmeyer, Bob McCrary, Josh McCrary, Alisha Hardwick, Jessie Wun and Dani Bolton.
Services will be held at Pisgah Baptist Church in Excelsior Springs, Missouri on September 9, 2017. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with funeral to follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, also in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Flowers and plants should be delivered to Pisgah Baptist Church.
Aside from being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, Margaret enjoyed her flower gardens and being an active member of Siloam Springs Baptist Church. She provided support of all types to the Excelsior Springs community with groceries, spiritual support and overall generosity of her time to those in need. Before retiring Margaret worked alongside her husband, Earl, as a preacher’s wife and alongside her children at Aartech Homes and Remax Area Real Estate. Margaret and Earl previously owned and operated Brown Floral and Gifts and Westview Garden Mart. Being a pastor’s wife and a remarkable woman of faith, Margaret’s impact on her community will not be forgotten. Her children and grandchildren will miss her continued encouragement, guidance and frequent calls of her affirmation of love for them.
Arrangements are through Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.
Our Sincere Condolences
Looks like our class of 1951 from Polo high school is getting smaller. Sorry to hear of the passing of Margaret. Our prayers are with the family in the time of a loved one passing.
Laura Carter Carver – class of 51
I am so sorry to learn of Margaret’s passing. Even though we haven’t seen each other in years there are a lot of good memories of our time together at Polo High. She had a beautiful smile and a friendly personality. May God give you the peace and comfort that only comes from HIM.
Until we meet again in our eternal home.
Thoughts and prayers,
My thoughts and prayers are with the family in the loss of a very sweet lady.
“Sam” (ex-Hunan hostess)