By The Mercury

Margaret Piper, 92, of Manhattan, former longtime resident of St. George, died Sunday at the Meadowlark Hills-Stolzer House in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born on Nov. 12, 1920, in rural Manhattan. She was the daughter of Royal Carl and Grace Anna (Soupene) Berg.  Margaret attended country schools until moving into St. George to attend St. George High School.

Following her high school graduation she went to work for the ASCS office. She then went to work as a telephone operator for the telephone company in Manhattan and later was a clerk for Duckwall’s Department Store and at a candy store on Poyntz Avenue.  Later in life she opened a cake decorating business where she was quite skilled at making birthday and wedding cakes and cakes for other special occasions.  Above all she was a wonderful and loving homemaker.

On July 26, 1942, in Wamego, she was united in marriage to Frank W. Piper.  He preceded her in death on Nov. 15, 2010.

Margaret was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan.  She was an avid square dancer along with her husband Frank and was a wonderful cook and flower gardener.  Most of all she enjoyed time spent with her family and taking care of people.

She is survived by two sisters, Garnett Worrel of Wamego, and Dorothy Holladay of Topeka.  Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many cousins and extended family members that she loved dearly.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and by one brother, Kenneth Berg.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Melanie Martin officiating.  Interment will follow in the Valley View Memorial Gardens cemetery, east of Manhattan.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at

Memorials have been established for the First United Methodist Church and for the Meadowlark Hills-Good Samaritan Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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