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Marjorie Ellen (Stuart) Gastler

October 11, 1935 ~ July 7, 2018 (age 82)

            Marjorie Ellen (Stuart) Gastler, 82, of Wellsville, was welcomed home by her Lord and Saviour on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Gamma Road Lodge in Wellsville, Missouri.

            Mrs. Gastler was born October 11, 1935 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Archie Mack and Mary Ellen (Stewart) Stuart.  Her parents were members of the Sappony tribe (Indians of Person County, NC) a Native American tribe that to this day is goverened by a 7 family council which includes the Stewarts.

            She was a 1953 graduate of Lower Merion High School in Merion, Pennsylvania.

            On December 4, 1954 she married the great love of her life, Clarence A. “Clay” Gastler at Grace Chapel in Havertown, Pennsylvania.  They met while he was stationed in Pennsylvania during his service in the United States Army. 

            Clay and Margie adopted two children, Laurie and Theodore “Ted” and lived in Malvern, Pennsylvania until moving their family to Wellsville in 1972.

            She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mexico.  Margie loved to serve the Lord by caring for her home and family, teaching Sunday school and singing in both church and community choirs.  She will be missed by her family for a while but they cling to what she knew; “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord “ (2 Cor. 5:8).

            Margie and Clay loved to travel together and were blessed with the opportunity to make several trips to visit family in France and Germany.  They cruised Central America and the Panama Canal with a large group of great old friends and visited the Holy Land and Hawaii.  Margie also enjoyed cooking, walking and cleaning house.

            Margie is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Clarence “Clay” Gastler, of the home in Wellsville; children, Laurie McAllister and husband, John, of Columbia and Ted Gastler and wife, Sherry (Penrod), of Montgomery City; brother and sister-in-law, Walter M. and Pat Stuart, of Lautenbach, France; five grandchildren, Ryan and Erica McAllister, of Hallsville, Katelyn (McAllister) and Jake Swafford, of Albany, Sierra Gastler, of Mexico, Kelli McAllister, of Knoxville, Tennessee and Hailey Gastler, of Springfield; six great-grandchildren, Shelbee Gifford, Teddy Jeffries, Connor and Mason McAllister, Petal Vanderpool and Jackson Swafford.

            She was preceded in death by her parents.

            Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.  Dr. Walter Stuart officiated.  Serving as organist was Cleta Mertz. 

            Burial was in the Wellsville Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were Chuck Gastler, Gale Gastler, John Gastler, Kent Gastler, Jake Johnston and Jake Swafford.

            Visitation was held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service, Saturday, at the funeral home.

            Margie’s family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Gamma Road Lodge and Kindred Hospice for their care and support during her last days on earth.

            Memorial contributions were suggested to TeachBeyond c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.