Margaret's Story

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After a hard-fought, five-year battle with cancer, Margaret M. Scarlett, 75, peacefully joined the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at Hawthorne, following a brief stay.
Margaret "Punky" Scarlett was born Nov. 16, 1942, the daughter of Frank Elmer Pickering and Anna Viola Pickering.
Margaret Pickering and George Scarlett were united in marriage on June 17, 1961, at Trinity Lutheran Church, and were blessed with 56 years together.
Margaret is survived by her husband, George "Bud" Scarlett; son, Timothy (Shelly Larson) Scarlett; daughter, Cynthia Scarlett; two grandsons, Corey (Mattie Rose) Scarlett and Ryan Scarlett; and granddaughter, Anna Dancey.
Also surviving are brothers, Charles (Gladys) Pickering and John/Jack (Sherry) Pickering; sisters, Barbara Stewart and Patricia Goin; sisters-in-law, Sue Pickering Katherine Lee and Ruth (Steve) Pratt; and several beloved nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, Robert Pickering and Michael Pickering; sister/brother-in-law Helen and Shelby Green; brothers-in-law, Rolland Arch Goin, Jack Stewart and Hershall Lee; mother/father-in-law Dorothy and Max Scarlett.
Punky attended Danville schools and the House of James Beauty School. From a young age, she was known as a very hard worker, which was reflected in her employment at General Electric, Bohn Aluminum, Center for Children's Services and 15 years at Central States Packaging prior to her 1999 retirement due to serious health issues.
She enjoyed accompanying Bud in his 1967 GMC truck to antique car shows and festivals, as well as auctions and flea markets with special interest in oil lamps, doilies and tea pots. Above all, her biggest passion was her home and family.
Her family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Labayog and his staff for all the wonderful care they have given her.
A celebration of Punky's life will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 824 E. Main St., Danville, with Pastor Kent Tibben officiating. She will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park, Danville. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Sunset Funeral Home, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Danville Lutheran School.
Please join Punky's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 15, 2017
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