As a child, she attended church with her family at Gravel Point Sunday School, and Margaret accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of nine at a revival at Murr Church. She worked on the family farm growing up, and she had a personal record for the most cows milked in one sitting: 14.
Margaret graduated from Mountain Grove High School in 1938. She taught at Gum Springs School for one year, and then attended State Teacher’s College (now Missouri State) in Springfield for one summer and one fall term. She also attended Golden Rule Business College for six months. She was employed at the Bank of Houston beginning in January of 1942, and then she worked at Security Bank in Mountain Grove beginning in June of 1945.
Margaret was united in marriage to Leon H. Bresler on June 10, 1945, and they were blessed with two children, Leon Jr. and Elizabeth. She and Leon joined New Rock Springs Free Will Baptist Church where they attended for a number of years, and she served as the pianist. She attended Union Chapel Free Will Baptist Church as Leon pastored until he passed away in 1982. She then attended First Baptist Church for many years as long as her health permitted. Church was very important to Margaret and she made it a priority throughout her life.
Margaret loved music, and she loved to play the piano and sing. She also loved reading books and gardening. She always worked hard all of her life in whatever she needed to do.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Bresler, and four sisters, Eugenia Robinson, Eva Brown, Jessie Ebbert, and Roberta McGinnis.
Margaret is survived by her son, Leon Bresler, Jr. and wife Anna Mae of Cabool, Missouri; her daughter, Elizabeth Klug and husband Fred of Cabool; five grandchildren, Kimberly Ann Sparks, Adam Lee Bresler, Jason Choate, Kathryn Nicholson, and Emily Klug; eleven great-grandchildren, Roman, Isaiah, Phoebe, Ivy, Daphne, Shelby, Maci, Mya, Hayden, Carrie, and Andrew; one great-great-grandson, Zane; one brother, George Scott; one sister, Florence Hannah Richardson; and many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends who will miss her.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be Friday, October 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home. Rev. David Gourley will be officiating and Darlene Gourley will be singing. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Mountain Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons in care of the funeral home.