Margaret Childress

Margaret  "Maggie" Ann Childress, 79, of Chesterton, passed away on Sunday, December 11th, 2022, at Northwest Health - Porter. 


Maggie was born on April 2, 1943, to Fred C. and Bernice Gertrude (Vardaman) Sensow. 


On January 5th, 1968, Maggie was united in marriage to Walter A. McFarland, who preceded her in death on June 9, 1996.  Several years after Walter's passing, on September 17th, 2005, Maggie was united in marriage to William Childress, who preceded her in death on November 6th, 2013.


Maggie is survived by her two children, Tim (Annette) McFarland of La Porte and Angie (Ken) Sturch of VA; four grandchildren, Jessica (Justin) Kleine, Blake McFarland, Katelyn Sturch, and Daniel Sturch; and two great-grandsons, Hunter and Logan.  She was also blessed to be the mother to Debbie Moss, Richard (Peggy) McFarland, Patricia (Larry) Matthews, Julie Profitt, and Walter McFarland, Jr; as well as 22 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; siblings, Richard Sensow, Robert Sensow, and Karen Sue Sensow; and daughter, Pam McFarland.


Maggie graduated from Union Mills High School in 1962.  She was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Steady Stitchers, and the Rolling Prairie VFW Auxiliary.  Maggie enjoyed karaoke, adult coloring, quilting, and dancing.  She also enjoyed playing BINGO and cards, particularly Crazy 8 and Rummy, as well as completing word search puzzles.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 19th, 2022, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor John Contreras officiating.


A time of visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18th, 2022, and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place following the service.  Burial at Union Mills Cemetery will take place at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations be directed to Grace Baptist Church, 2502 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN 46350.    


The family would like to thank the staff at Addison Pointe, Northwest Health - Porter, and Dunes Hospice for the loving care provided to Maggie.                         


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