Margaret (Peg) McCausland, September 29, 1920-August 16, 2014

    Margaret (Peg) McCausland, formerly of Beardstown, passed away on Saturday, August 16, at the Mary Queen and Mother Center in St. Louis, Mo.
    Margaret Wright was born on September 29, 1920, in Asbury Park, N.J., the eldest child of William and Margaret (McCarthy) Wright. She grew up in Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J., and graduated from high school in Asbury Park with the class of 1939. Shortly thereafter she began employment as a secretary for the US Army at Fort Hancock, N.J.
    While working at Fort Hancock, Peg met Joseph D. (Dan) McCausland, who was serving in the Army at that time; they married on April 2, 1944. He preceded her in death on October 11, 1992.
    After the war, they moved to his home town of Havana, and then to Decatur where they began their family. As a result of his job, they would live in several towns in north central Illinois over a period of about 10 years, finally settling in Beardstown in 1957.
    For more than 50 years she lived and flourished in Beardstown. She devoted herself almost exclusively to her family until her four sons were raised and gone from home. At that point she worked for several years for the Illinoisan-Star newspaper, and later as a greeter at Wal Mart – a job she particularly enjoyed.
    She was also a lifelong member of St. Alexius Catholic church, where she participated in a variety of activities and church ministries. Peg was very fond of living in Beardstown, and proud to be a resident.
    She is survived by her sons and their families: Dan Jr. (Bonnie) of Waunakee, Wis.; Jeff (Marianne) of Carlisle, Pa.; Jim (Jan) of St. Louis, Mo.; and Dave (Kim) of Glen Carbon. She was blessed with 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.
    Peg was intensely proud of her family and would take any opportunity to relate what her sons and their families were involved in or had done lately. She will be deeply missed by her family.
    The family would like to particularly thank the caring staff at the Mary Queen and Mother Center in St. Louis, Mo., for the wonderful care they provided her for the past three years, and the nurses of SSM Hospice services, who provided additional care in her final few months. They will be forever grateful for the many kindnesses afforded her over these past three years.
    Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 21, at St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown, with interment at St. Alexius Catholic Cemetery.
    The family will meet with friends Wednesday following a 3:45 p.m. prayer service until 6 p.m. at Sager Funeral Home.
    In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the Beardstown Houston Memorial Library (13 Boulevard Road, Beardstown, IL 62618).
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