Margaret “Peggy” Parker Platter, 87, of Mission Hills, Kansas, passed away on July 6, 2015, after a short illness at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Prairie Village, Kansas. A memorial service in her honor will be held at the Country Club United Methodist Church at 400 West 57th, Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.
Peggy was the only child of Sidney and Mildred Linney Parker. She was born in Houston, Texas, on March 7, 1928. As a young child, Peggy returned with her family to live in Osceola, Missouri, where she developed many lifelong friends. In her early teens, her mother and father moved to the Kansas City area where they lived for a time in the Bellerive Hotel and the Riviera on The Plaza before settling into the Mission Hills home where she continued to live until moving to Brighton Gardens.
Peggy first attended elementary school in Osceola before graduating from high school at Sunset Hill School in Kansas City. After high school, she attended Chevy Chase Community College followed by the Kansas City Art Institute.
Peggy was a long time member of the Country Club United Methodist Church in Brookside and the Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills.
Her professional career included time at Pete Potters, a well-known dress shop in Prairie Village, where she used her artistic talents to design the well-known Pete Potter bags. Beginning in 1965 and throughout her life, Peggy was actively involved in the management of several banks owned by her and her extended family. At times, she sat on the board of the Osceola Bank, the Citizen’s Bank of Appleton City, Lowry City Bank, Tri-County State Bank of El Dorado Springs, Humansville Bank, Fair Play Bank, and KC Bancshares. At the time of her passing, she remained on the Board of Directors of the St. Clair County State Bank.
Peggy was always very proud of her involvement with the Osceola community and the Osceola Bank. That Bank was originally founded in 1896 by her great-grandfather, John H. Lucas. The Bank was managed for a long time by her grandfather, George B. Linney, the husband of Lula Lucas, Peggy’s grandmother and the daughter of John H. Lucas, who in turn managed the Bank for a time after the passing of George. Later, her father, Sidney Parker sat on the Board of Directors of the Osceola Bank. Peggy was so proud of the Linney family involvement with the Osceola Bank that, with her closest friends, she fondly referred to it as a “Linney family bank”.
Through the years, Peggy spoke with great fondness about her memories of Osceola. She could talk for many long hours about the people she knew and with whom she grew up and the times when she came to Osceola almost every weekend after moving to Mission Hills. She was always proud that the Osceola Bank, now the St. Clair County State Bank, had been a stable banking institution in Osceola, Missouri, and had always been a vital part to the community’s continued economic well-being. She often bragged that it had continued to exist as an independent bank geared to serving its customers and the area rather than being sold to or bought out by a big city chain. She expressed a strong desire that the current Bank continue serving the communities it now serves, Osceola, Lowry City, and Appleton City, and to that end, she has established the Margaret Parker Platter Memorial Charitable Trust with directs that the Trust will continue its involvement with the current Bank and use the trust income for educational and civic purposes within those communities. By establishing this Charitable Trust, she hoped to insure the continuity of the St. Clair County State Bank as a stable independent bank serving her beloved Osceola and surrounding communities. It fulfilled her desire to “give back” to the community in which she was raised, of which she was so very fond, and which supported the “family” bank of which she was so proud.
Peggy will be greatly missed by all that knew her. She was a proud and regal lady. Peggy enjoyed traveling and visiting with her many friends with whom she developed friendships lasting throughout her life. After the passing of many of her friends, the children of her friends continued the lasting relationships of their parents, often visiting and traveling with Peggy and hosting her in their homes on holiday occasions. She was always willing to share stories about her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Sidney Parker and Mildred Parker. She is survived by cousins, Linda Merrell, and family, of John’s Creek, Georgia, Michael Baccash, of Chicago, Illinois, and a host of friends, including Dr. Frederick B. Lintecum, Michael Lintecum, Sally Spradling Stuart, and Cecelia Spradling Johnson, children of dear Mission Hills friends. Peggy’s cremated remains will be placed in a graveside niche near her parents at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.
Everyone who knew and cared about Peggy has a deep feeling of gratitude to the staff at Brighton Gardens who graciously attended to her needs.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to The Country Club United Methodist Church, at the address above, the Margaret Parker Platter Memorial Charitable Trust in care of the St. Clair County State Bank, or the charity of your choice. Please ask that notification of your donation be sent to the St. Clair County State Bank, P. O. Box 539, Osceola, MO 64776. Please offer condolences or share a memory at www.overlandparkchapel.com.