MARGARET ANN BICKERS

Margaret Ann (Crowson) Bickers was born on March 12, 1950, the first-born twin to Ruby (Rogers) and Crandler Crowson in Louisville, MS. Her mother made sure she and her siblings, Tommy Joe, Crandler (JR), Mary and Carey were taught the importance of faith, family and music, as they traveled around the US as a result of her father’s Army career. The kids grew up singing, their mother teaching them at a young age to harmonize together, a gift that Margaret used continuously through life. She and Mary would enjoy a singing career that would span more than sixty-five years, including singing on their brother and uncle’s weekly TV program that ran across the South when they were kids, and continuing through many years of singing for weddings, funerals and entertainment. They considered it a privilege to fulfill countless requests for them to “sing people to Jesus,” as an act of comfort while they took their last breaths on Earth.
Margaret met Gary Bickers in the summer of 1966 in Ft. Leonardwood, MO, and on Christmas Eve, 1966 they were united in marriage in a beautiful wedding at her parent’s home. They were blessed to welcome a son, Corey Vaughn, in 1969 after moving to Ohio. Then after a move to Iowa to be closer to her family, they were blessed to welcome daughters, Christina Michele in 1971 and Teresa Jean in 1974. During the early years of their marriage, they endured Gary’s tour to Vietnam, a tragic car accident that claimed the life of their daughter, Jeannie Kay, just weeks before her due date, and a house fire in Tingley, IA, resulting in total loss. Once again, Margaret’s faith, family and music carried her and her family through these tough times, and she continued to remind her family throughout her life that “God will never give you more than you can handle.” She and Gary built a life together, opening their own auto body business in Tingley, and eventually moving to Mount Ayr where Margaret enjoyed several careers, one of which was being a labor and delivery nurse’s aide, a job that she loved. She eventually became an entrepreneur, opening her own successful business, The Sun Shoppe, which she was very proud of. She made it a point to treat her customers like family for thirteen years, until she and Gary decided to retire, buy an RV and enjoy traveling across the US.
Margaret loved to sing, play the piano and was a talented writer, authoring many beautiful Christian songs. She was a devoted Christian, often taught Sunday school classes and sang in the church choir, had a God-given talent for writing, loved baseball, especially the New York Yankees, was an avid reader, loved to listen to Rush Limbaugh and Phil Valentine, and was a true patriot, always making every effort to continue learning about the history of the US. Margaret was a passionate believer in our constitution and always reminded us of how lucky we were to have been born in this great country. She had truly unconditional love for her family and she made sure every person in her life knew how much she loved them. She was exceptionally close with her children and grandchildren, building strong, personal bonds that overcame the geographical distance that sometimes separated them. She was always there to hear about their successes and worries, ready with just the perfect words of praise and reassurance that they were on the right path, reminding them of how proud she was of them. She was her family’s constant cheerleader and counselor throughout life, and quick to offer them “a safe place to land,” as she would say, when life got difficult.
Margaret laid down for a nap on May 21, 2021, and woke up in the presence of Jesus. We take comfort in our assurance that, because of Margaret’s strong faith, we can look forward to that great reunion when we are once again with her for all of Eternity.

Left to cherish Margaret’s memory is her beloved husband of 54 years, Gary Bickers, her children, Corey Bickers, Christy (Greg) Sanders and Teresa (Mike) Dyer. Her grandchildren, Cade and Lauren Sanders, Brandon and Tyler Bickers and Hunter Dyer, her twin sister, Mary (RB) Davenport, her brothers, JR (Sharon) Crowson and Carey (Lana) Crowson, and many cherished cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Margaret was preceded in death by her firstborn, Jeannie, mother, Ruby, father, Crandler, brother, Tommy Joe, brother-in-law, Red, mother and father-in-law, Ken and Dorothy, brothers-in-law, David and John, and sisters-in-law, Mary and Susan.
Margaret’s wishes were to be cremated and the family invites you to join them in October at Liberty Baptist Church in Noxapater, MS for a memorial service and celebration of life.
Matthew 25:23 “Well done, good and faithful servant.” – We know you are singing with the angels.

12 Comments

  1. Teresa Dyer on June 16, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I love you Momma, I hope we made you proud with this. You were so many things, to so many people. I hope they all knew how lucky they were to have known you.

  2. Wanda (Butler.. Burden) Ellis on June 16, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Sweet Margaret. I remember her from my teenage years back home. May she rest in peace.

  3. Debbie Cannon on June 16, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to a truly beautiful and inspirational friend. I so loved accompanying Margaret and Mary on occasion and could nearly get lost in just listening to their voices. My prayers are with all of you as you celebrate and remember.

  4. Haley Crowson on June 16, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all in this difficult time. ❤

  5. Morgan waldeier on June 16, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    I saw this and immediately thought of all Margaret taught me at The Diner. From the age of 14 she took me under her wing and made sure I knew all the ropes. My favorite shifts were with Margaret and yes she even taught me how to deal with the coffee drinkers 🤣 So sorry for your loss. I know how close you all were and what a great mom she was. She will be greatly missed!

    • daniel tilbury on June 19, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      Blessed to have spent time with Margaret and the family in Mt Ayr as an exchange student. So many great memories.

  6. Brenda W. Lewis on June 16, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    This is a wonderful tribute for a truly wonderful person. I do not know who wrote this, but it nailed Margaret Ann to a T. I know she loved her husband, children, and the rest of her extended family.

  7. Ginger Summerlin on June 16, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    What wonderful memories I have of sweet Margaret Ann. We were privileged to have them live with us for a short while when their Dad was overseas. I grew to love them dearly and even visited them in Iowa when I was younger. I could listen to her and Mary Evelyn sing all day! Thank goodness we know we will see her again one day, and what a glorious reunion it will be. I love to think she is singing in heaven with her mama and my mama and all her other aunts and uncles.

  8. Amanda Sprouse on June 16, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Aunt Margaret you were one of a kind. Your presence and southern drawl would light up any room. You had the most amazing ability of expressing your distaste in the most polite way. Needless to say, people watching with you was the best!!! It was truly a gift that I admired! I will miss our visits and conversations. I can only imagine the types of conversations you and mom are having around a kitchen table with a cup of coffee. Thank you for being you. I love and miss you.

  9. Katy Jo Kimbley on June 16, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Margaret trained me how to be a server and I shared a lot of her common sense rules for waiting tables to many servers I one day trained. Don’t touch the rim of someone’s glass, 2 hands out, 2 hands in (essentially don’t walk back to the kitchen without your hands full) and make eye contact with your people. I’m sure Morgan Waldeier can add to more of these lessons.

    She was a kind and patient person, even with the coffee drinkers. ❤❤❤

  10. Sharon Routh on June 17, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Reading this makes my heart so very sad. Margaret was a fantastic, kind, and lovely lady. When I first got to know the twins I could not tell which one was which. I have no doubt in my mind that Jesus was with her always and that she walks and sings in Heaven now. Prayers for peace for her family.

  11. Janet Richardson on June 20, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    I just loved (and still love!) this cousin! We all spent a lot of fun times together at Mamaw’s and at Ft. Leonard Wood and all over, laughing and singing (poor twins!) and Margaret Ann tried to teach me to place the piano (poor MA!) She and Gary visited me in Montana and I always hoped they’d make it back up here one day. I love you, Margaret Ann; and I will miss you SO much. Go with God. Janet

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