Margaret M. Pence, 85, passed on to her Lord Jesus March 9, 2018, at St. Vincent-Kokomo Hospital. She was born Sept. 2, 1932, to Glen Eisenman and Josephine Anderson Eisenman in Peru, Indiana. She married Robert D. Swinford March 14, 1952, who preceded her in death April 21, 2005.
Bob and Margaret had two daughters, Susie (Charlie) Hubler and Peggy (Craig) Olson of Peru. She assumed the role of grandmother to Craig's daughter Alaina and her two children. She had two nieces, Becky (Tony) Tomes, Wilmington, North Carolina, and Patty Clark, deceased;and a nephew, Dick (Jane) Means, Orlando, Florida. She was the "God Grandparent" to James Dolezal and Jennifer Dolezal Steckenrider.
Margaret married Wayne G. Pence, Dec. 9, 2007. She lovingly assumed a motherly role for Wayne's family of Rhonda (Stan) Ridlen, Marion, and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; Cheryl Weeden, Kokomo, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; and Steven Pence, Bedford and one grandchild.
She was a former Tupperware dealer and District Manager for Avon. Margaret was also a founding president of Peru Women's Aglow. Bob and Margaret first met Wayne and Estella Pence in 1974 at a weekly "Upper Room" community fellowship near Bunker Hill where approximately 100 met in worship and learning of the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. Margaret was invited by Estella to be the first manager of the Living Water Christian Bookstore in Kokomo. After a few years Bob and Margaret purchased and operated the Son Shine Christian Bookstore in Peru.
Margaret was a member of the Peru Parkview United Methodist congregation, which changed its name about five times during the 65 years she attended, from Evangelical to Evangelical Brethren to United Brethren to United Methodist. She would say today God's address never changes. It is John 14:6!
Margaret and Wayne are now members of the Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene, 2734 S. Washington St., Kokomo, IN where the viewing and services will be.
Viewing was 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018, at the First Church of the Nazarene. A service celebrating the life of Margaret M. Pence will be Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at the church, with Pastors David Leeder and Bob Clark officiating. Following the service, lunch for funeral guests will be served with a brief time for visitation before proceeding to the cemetery. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to CSI Jamaican Ministry, PO Box 841, Muncie, IN.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, Peru.
Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.eddyfuneralhomes.com
Published on March 10, 2018