On this Valentine’s Day, Margaret Quintella Hart passed away, surrounded by her loving family. Margaret was 99 years old. She was born 1/18/1923 to parents, George Washington Harris and Anzonetta (Nettie) Delph Harris, in Woodbine, Kentucky. She was the youngest of ten children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Herschel Elden Hart, one grandson, Jerry Wayne Binney, Jr., and three son-in-laws, Jerry Wayne Binney, Sr., Robert Lee Murray, and Michael William Gardner. She is survived by her three daughters, Carole Jean Gardner, Kokomo, Georgie Dean Murray, Logansport, and Glenda Sue Crippen (Michael), Lafayette, one son, Keefe Elden Hart (Bonnie) of Overland Park, Kansas; nine grandchildren, Eric Wayne Binney (Ashley), Logansport Indiana; Jarrett Dean Binney, Brick, New Jersey; Tara Lynn Todd (Artie), Kokomo, Indiana; Jennifer Lane Messer, Kokomo, Indiana; Christopher Michael Crippen, (Nicki) Littleton, Colorado; Kevin Matthew Crippen (Julie), McHenry, Illinois, Elija Zachary Hart (Katie), Broomfield, Colorado, Asher McKenzie Hart (Cristina), Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Uriah Giddeon Hart (Rachel), Prairie Village, Kansas; ten great grandchildren; Ethan Wayne Binney, Lachlan Grace Binney, Rebecca Eileen Messer, Michael John Kissinger, Jr., Jessica Lauren McAmis; Olivia Nicole Crippen, Sophia Christine Crippen, Michael Alan Crippen, Trevor Matthew Crippen, and Kira Elizabeth Crippen; and two great, great grandchildren, Nizaya Allen Kissinger and Olivia Lauren Phelps.
Margaret grew up during the great depression and lived through many rough and tumultuous years of being poor, often hungry, and seeing numerous family members die at very young ages. Growing up, her home never had running water or electricity. It was heated by a large cooking stove and two fire places. She did her homework by the light of an oil lamp.
After meeting the love of her life, Herschel Hart, of Corbin Kentucky, the couple married in 1941. A job opportunity on the railroad brought them to Indiana where they worked hard to make a better life for their family.
Margaret cared for her mother and father after she was married and always stressed…family comes first. She was a fiercely protective mother, who always took time for her children, taught them right from wrong, taught them to stand tall and proud, to be kind to people and animals, and never look down on anyone. Her home and her children were her pride, her joy.
After her children married and left home, Margaret began working at Logansport High School in the cafeteria, where she eventually had the opportunity to work with a group of special needs students. She developed a very caring relationship with the children and several of them kept in touch with her for many years after graduating. She retired from the school after ten years of service.
Margaret taught herself to sew, cane chairs, hang wallpaper, and decorate her own home. She loved auction sales, antique stores, and doll collecting. However, by far, her greatest talent was her amazing green thumb. She could make anything grow. Her yard bloomed profusely from spring to fall, and her home overflowed with lovely indoor plants. Her winters were spent quilting, creating beautiful pieces of art, which she passed on to her children and grandchildren.
She will be sadly missed by family and friends and her little dog, Charlie.
Gundrum Funeral Home (Logansport) will be in charge of cremation. Graveside services are planned for the immediate family. Margaret’s cremains will be placed at Bethel Cemetery, Cass County, alongside her husband who will be waiting with open arms. Together, they can now embrace the rest of their journey together.
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