By The Mercury

Margaret Ilean Henderson, 81, of Manhattan, died Thursday, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born on March 10, 1932, in Hamburg, Iowa. She was the daughter of Clyde Mitchell and Sylvia Ilean (Roberts) Chancey.  Margaret grew up in Imogene, Iowa, in southwest Iowa and attended and graduated from high school in Farragut, Iowa.

On May 25, 1953, in Shenandoah, Iowa, she was united in marriage to Marion David Henderson.  They lived in Iowa and Nebraska prior to moving to Manhattan in 1978.

Margaret was a loving homemaker. After her children were raised she went to work as the manager for the Colonial Gardens Trailer Park and later became a receptionist at the Master Teacher in Manhattan.  She retired in the summer of 2007.

Her memberships included the First United Methodist Church. In addition to her church membership she enjoyed crocheting and embroidery, doing puzzles of all types including jigsaw puzzles and word search.

She and her husband were also avid campers and enjoyed spending time at the lake.  Most of all she loved the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and especially enjoyed attending their sporting events and other activities that they were involved in.

She is survived by two children, David Mitchell Henderson and his wife Tressa of Manhattan, and Debra Ilean “Debbie” Smith and her husband Kenny of Shenandoah, Iowa.  Also surviving are four grandchildren, Brent Smith, Brandi Samenko, Mitchell Henderson and Chance Henderson; two great grandchildren, Dillon Park and Carter Smith; and two step-great-grandchildren, Skylar and Jocelyn Samenko.  She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Charles Edwards of Shenandoah, Iowa, and by numerous other family members that she loved dearly.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Marion on Oct. 9, 1987. She was also preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, Betty Ann Edwards.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Melanie Martin officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family will greet friends prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

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

A memorial has been established for the Good Shepherd Hospice House.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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