PROPHETSTOWN – Margaret A. Sibley, 79, of Prophetstown, died Monday, July 30, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
She was born June 1, 1939, in Erie to LeRoy J. and Myrtle (Williar) Housenga. She was educated in the Erie grade schools and was a graduate of Erie High School. She married Earl Milton Barnhart on Aug. 8, 1957, in Freeport. He died Jan. 15, 1962. She married Lucius “Luke” H. Sibley on Nov. 21, 1962, in Erie. He died on Dec. 31, 1991. Margaret first was employed as a telephone switchboard operator in Erie. She later worked at Tasty Mates and LaBelle Lanes in Prophetstown. Margaret was a homemaker. She was a former member of the Erie United Methodist Church and a member of the S.A.S. Club in Prophetstown.
In her younger years, Margaret was an avid roller skater. She enjoyed bowling and was secretary for the Prophetstown Women’s Bowling Association. She enjoyed crocheting and reading, and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.
Survivors include one daughter, Dawn (Bill Hartman) Fisk of Prophetstown; one son, Michael (Keely) Barnhart of Mesa, Arizona; one stepdaughter, LuRe (Chuck) Lalley of Lyndon; eight grandchildren, Benjamin Fisk, Valerie Fisk, Eric Barnhart, Eran (Aubre) Barnhart, Evan (Adrianna) Barnhart, Emily (Aaron) Starnes, Allen (Lisa) Lalley, LuResha McGinnis; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and one sister, Janet (Virgil) Milnes of Prophetstown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Milton Barnhart, and second husband, Luke Sibley; one son, in infancy; three sisters, Julie Housenga, Kay Dunkin and Mindy Halsey; and one brother, Gary Housenga.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home in Prophetstown. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established by the family.
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