Margaret Nickless Hage, 92, of Leawood, Kansas, died on July 5, 2013.
She was born August 8, 1920, to Ida Fishwild Nickless and Rev. Alfred S. Nickless in Detroit, Michigan. Margaret met William J. Hage in Davenport, Iowa, where they were married on June 5, 1942, following Margaret's graduation from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Bill's graduation from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Bill and Margaret served churches in Grand Lake, Colorado; York, Nebraska; Emporia, Kansas; Stillwater, Oklahoma; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri, where they served from 1963 to retirement in 1982.
In 1952, while in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Margaret was stricken with polio during the epidemic. After spending 6 weeks in an iron lung, she was able to regain her upper body muscles, but never regained her leg muscles, spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair. Margaret lived each day to the fullest. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas and worked as a Social Worker at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the Children's Rehabilitation Unit, specializing in family counseling. Margaret began a Grief Ministry which existed for many years at Second Presbyterian Church.
Margaret was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Chapter EG of P.E.O. in which she served as President, and the John Timothy Stone Cliff's Association in Estes Park, Colorado.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Noah and Doris Hage; sister, Helen Nickless Johnston; brother- in- law, Rev. Roe Johnston; brother, Rev. Lester Nickless; sister- in- law, Elizabeth Jackson Nickless; sisters-in law, Betty Hage Booth and Evelyn Hage Irwin; and brothers-in-law, Warren Booth and Jim Irwin.
She is survived by her son, James William (Nancy) of Santa Rosa, California, Nancy Elizabeth Cullen (Andrew) of Gladstone, Missouri, and Kathleen Louise Hardin (Tim) of Leawood, Kansas, 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Second Presbyterian Church, 318 E 55th Street, Kansas City, MO 64113.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Second Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or the American Cancer Society, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105.