Margaret Ann (Cain) McElwee
Margaret Ann (Cain) McElwee, age 83, of Excelsior Springs, MO, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 6, 2017, in her home surrounded by her family. Margaret and her twin sister Mary Reeves were born on Nov. 21, 1933, near Cowgill. She graduated from Polo High School in 1951 and was united in marriage to Earl J. McElwee on Aug. 29, 1954. The couple had four children, sons, Paul M. McElwee, J. Brent McElwee, E. Kent McElwee and daughter, Kimberly A. McElwee Sanson.
Aside from being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, Margaret enjoyed her flower gardens and being an active member of Siloam Springs Baptist Church. She provided support of all types to the Excelsior Springs community with groceries, spiritual support and overall generosity of her time to those in need. Before retiring, Margaret worked alongside her husband Earl as a preacher’s wife and alongside her children at Aartech Homes and Re/Max Area Real Estate. Margaret and Earl previously owned and operated Brown Floral and Gifts and Westview Garden Mart. Being a pastor’s wife and a remarkable woman of faith, Margaret’s impact on her community will not be forgotten. Her children and grandchildren will miss her continued encouragement, guidance and frequent calls of her affirmation of love for them.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Charles C. and Jessie L. Cain; her son, Earl “Kent” McElwee; and her grandson, Aaron S. Dickey.
Margaret is survived by her husband Earl J. McElwee; son, Paul M. (Kimberly) McElwee of Excelsior Springs, and their children Justin T. Dickey, Ainsley C. McElwee and Alexandra J. McElwee; son, Brent McElwee of Excelsior Springs and his children Robert Fisher, Carson J. McElwee and Dina D. McElwee; daughter, Kimberly A. (Gary R.) Sanson of Excelsior Springs and their children Jacob R. (Melissa) Simmons, and Brody R. (Lindsay) Sanson. Son, Kent McElwee, had one son, Jeffrey Hamilton (Zirlinda). Margaret and Earl were also blessed with six great-grandchildren, Amora L. Simmons, Kenadee K. Sanson, Leighton J. Sanson and Lorissa, Laci and Lilli Hamilton. Margaret is also survived by her twin sister and best friend, Mary L. “Cain” Reeves. She is also survived by three nieces, Jennifer McCrary (Terry); Heather McElwee and Pam McElwee; and one nephew, Tim Reeves (Vickie). She had six great nieces and nephews, Mendy Wibbenmeyer, Bob McCrary, Josh McCrary, Alisha Hardwick, Jessie Wun and Dani Bolton.
Services will be held at Pisgah Baptist Church in Excelsior Springs on Sept. 9, 2017. A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with funeral services to follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, also in Excelsior Springs. Flowers and plants should be delivered to Pisgah Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home 816-630-3131.