Margaret Marie Ellen Douglas Walls, 87, daughter of Oscar and Lottie Hoeck Douglas, was born Nov. 30, 1914, in the White Rock community 10 miles north of Houston. She died June 16, 2002. Named after both of her grand-mothers, she was the oldest of seven children in a home that in-cluded her paternal grandparents. She completed the first through 10th grades at White Rock School, graduating as valedictorian of her class in 1931. She took her junior and senior years at Houston, gradu-ating from HHS in 1933. She was secretary-treasurer of her senior class and took teachers’ training courses which qualified her to teach in most of the rural schools in Missouri. For the next five years during the Great Depression, she taught at Clear Springs, Stultz and Victor, missing only one day when she was called home because her father was ill. She attended college in Rolla during the summers. White teaching, she met Lloyd Walls. They were married Nov. 25, 1937. In 1939, they purchased a 120-acre farm in the Mt. Pisgah community and built a new home, where they lived for more than 44 years. Mrs. Walls, a Christian since age 12, joined the Mt. Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church in 1940 and taught children and adults for 55 years. In 1942, she helped organize the Mt. Pisgah Ladies’ Aide and was its first president. Beginning in July 1952 and con-tinuing through October 1998, she was the rural correspondent for the Mt. Pisgah community in The Cabool Enterprise. At the encouragement of her son, LeRoy, she wrote her life story in 1988, “”Memories Precious to Me””. She wrote poems for special occa-sions. She loved to sew and made most of her and her children’s clothes. She made many quilts over the years. She enjoyed gardening and provided fresh flower arrangements each Sunday from spring until fall for her church family’s enjoyment. She was a room mother at school and active in the parent-teacher or-ganization while her children were in school. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Joyce Elaine, in 1941. Surviving are her husband of 64 years; their children, Keith Walls, Carolyn Brandt, LeRoy Walls, Donna Farmer and Glen Walls of Cabool; two sisters, Lois Steele of Phoenix, Ariz., and Gladys Criss of Kirkland, Wash.; four brothers, Cecil Douglas of South Jordan, Utah, and Leland, Walter and Herbert Douglas of Houston; several grand-children and great-grandchildren. Memorial services were June 18 at the Mt. Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Darrin Alvis and the Rev. David Carroll officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry Funeral Home. “

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