Margaret Jeanette Palmer Story, 86, died Tuesday, October 1, 2019 in Emerson.
She was born October 27, 1932 in Columbus, OH. She graduated from East High School on the east side of Columbus. She was one of 10 children and they were a close-knit family. She belonged to Centenary United Methodist Church, until her late husband James retired and they moved to Emerson and the Noxubee community, where she became a member of Elam CME Church.
Margaret was a nurse's aide at Mount Carmel West hospital for many years. She would tell plenty of stories of the lives of her patients. Her compassion for others was exhibited in every one she came across.
She married the late James “J.L.P.” Story in May 1954. They were married 48 years before James’ passing. To this union four children were born, however there were over 400 foster children that were nurtured and cared for by Margaret and James Story. They were foster parents in Ohio and Arkansas for many years. She even opened her home to be an emergency home where she would get phone calls in the middle of the night from children’s services to take in children in desperate need of a warm loving home. Everyone that knew her felt the abundant steadfast love that she displayed every day. She always had a houseful and would never turn anyone away for a meal.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband James “J.L.P.” Story; her son, Marlon Story; sisters, Esther, Gertrude, Mae (Rachel); and brothers, Charles, Warren, William, James and Michael.
She leaves to mourn her loss her brother, Paul Hamilton of Columbia, OH; daughters, Jill Story, Columbus, OH, Tara Story of Emerson, and Jeanell (Mickael) Copeland of Round Rock, TX; one son, Rev. James E. (Jennifer) Story of Arkadelphia; 23 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; and her very dear friend, Julia “JulieBell” Easter.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Marks Funeral Home Chapel in Magnolia. Interment will follow in Noxubee Cemetery in Emerson.
The Rev. Gladys Fields will be the clergy.
Services are under the direction of Marks Funeral Home, Inc., in Magnolia.