March 12, 2018

LAMAR- A memorial visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Daniel Funeral Home for Margie Marie Bethke, 86, Lamar, who died Friday morning, March 9, 2018, surrounded by her family at her home. Burial will be at a later date in Lake Cemetery.

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Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Taylor and wife Martha, Brentwood, Calif. and William Taylor and wife Vanessa, Lamar; three daughters, Shirley Martinez and husband Alfred, Carla Brooks and Teresa Eads and husband Ron, all of Lamar; a brother-in-law, Monte Owens, Lamar; a sister-in-law, Betty Stoner, Clinton; 19 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Bill, James and Bobby Stoner; two sisters, Peggy Johnson and Pauline Owens; a son, Herbie Taylor and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Bethke was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Cleveland, Mo., to William and Agnes (Blake) Stoner. Much of her childhood was spent in Jerico Springs before her family moved to Barton County where she attended Lamar High School and worked at the Plaza Theatre. Shortly after graduation on May 29, 1949, she married Leo Buck “Doc” Taylor and they made their home, rearing their six children in California. He suffered a heart attack and died May 12, 1973. On November 23, 1980, she married Wilfred Bethke and they shared 23 years together before his death on March 6, 2003.

In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, she worked for many years at Chevron Chemical Plant. She made her home a warm and wonderful place for family to gather and enjoy the challenge of dominos or a rousing card game. After moving back to Lamar in 1997, she continued this family tradition and added enjoyable days trips to area casinos.