By The Mercury

Margie Mae Howard Yeager, 88, of Manhattan, formerly of Wamego, died Wednesday, October 30, at Mercy Regional Health Center.

The family provided some of the following information.

Margie Akin was born July 11, 1925, in Summerfield, a daughter of the late Cora Belle (McAtee) and Norson Harvey Akin. She grew up in Beattie, Axtel and Summerfield area, graduating from Axtel High School in 1942. She had been married to Lester O. Howard, and they were divorced; he died in 2000. On Oct. 7, 1983, in Manhattan, she married Oliver Homer Yeager, who died on Aug. 3, 2000. Margie was a member of First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, and was a member of the Lydia Circle at the church.

She was employed at Duckwalls in Wamego, Wamego Drug Store, Norton’s Drug Store- Manhattan and Vanderbilt’s, retiring in 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Irvine of Pahrump, Nev.; a son, Don Howard and his wife, Diann, of Manhattan; a sister, L. Joyce Clark and husband, James Clark, of Shawnee; and a brother, James Norson Akin, husband of Harriett, of Council Grove.  She is also survived by three grandchildren, Bryan Fleenor and Renee Neumann of Lakewood, Colo., Ryan Howard and Carmen Trujillo of Katy, Texas, and Jordan Howard of Nashville, Tenn.; a great-granddaughter, Eva Howard of Katy, Texas; and and sister-in-law, Joyce Akin of Wamego.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother, William Akin.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation in Manhattan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church 612 Poyntz Manhattan, KS 66502 or Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research - KSU 1 Chalmers Hall Manhattan, KS 66506.

For more information or to send an email condolence, visit or on Facebook. Arrangements by Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation in Manhattan.

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