Maggie S. Barger, 94, of Elgin, passed away August 16, 2013, at Huntsville Manor & Rehab Center in Huntsville.
Born in Glenmary, February 17, 1919, she was preceded in death by her parents, Dudley and Susie Storey; husband, Arthur Barger; granddaughter, Terri Papes; and siblings: Fred Storey, Mae Storey, Pearl McCarty, and Mary K. Bell.
She attended Glenmary Elementary School, Robbins High School and Berea College before marrying. After her youngest child was in school, she went back to college to become certified to teach in the elementary grades. She continued to teach and go to school at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute until 1955 when she received her B.S. degree with Highest Distinction and was selected to join Kappa Delta Pi. In 1968, she began her graduate work in Special Education at UT-Knoxville where she was to become the first person in Scott County to certify in this area. To her credit are 34 years teaching experience: Six years at Glenmary where she was principal, four years at Robbins Elementary, four years at Rugby Road, eight years as Special Ed and Social Studies teacher at Robbins High School, and 14 years in the Vocational Advancement Program at Scott High School. She attended and supported the Rugby Road United Methodist Church where she had been a member since 1946 and served as treasurer. Her hobbies were gardening, ëyardeningí, sewing, cooking, bird watching/study, hiking for exercise, plant study and just enjoying being outside in ëmy Fathers worldí. After retiring she volunteered at Historic Rugby, was active in the Scott County Historical Society, and loved to explore and study old cemeteries. She was a charter member of the Morgan School Project, and was an active member in the Extension Homemakers Club for more than 30 years. She was an active member of the Scott County Retired Teachers Association, and was inducted into the Scott County Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame as an educator in 2004.
She is survived by her children: Margaret Ellis, James Arthur Barger and wife, Juanita, and Marion Papes and husband, Richard; grandchildren: Aaron Ellis, Steve Ellis, Keith Barger, Donna Barger-Stern, Rick Papes, Lori Papes, and Kristi Papes Hess; great-grandchildren: Kayla, Annie, Jordan, Derek, James, Rebecca, Kayla, Ian, Garrett, Gavin, Kelsie, and Channing; and many other relatives.
Funeral service was conducted August 19, in the chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with Pastor John Slater officiating. Graveside service was conducted August 20, at Lewallen Cemetery.
Jones & Son Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.