Marguerite Hile Stewart, 96

Marguerite Hile Stewart, 96, of Lima, died at 10:18 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Otterbein-Cridersville Skilled Nursing.
She was born July 27, 1916, in Cridersville, to Jenny (Burden) and Charles Baker (deceased). On Aug. 6, 1938, she married Rollin H. Hile, who after 61 years of marriage, died Jan. 9, 1999 at age 88. On April 3, 2004, she married George C. Stewart, who survives in Lima.
Surviving are a son James R. (Dianne) Hile, of Lima; a step-daughter Jo (Glenn) Derryberry, of Lima; a stepson Greg (Nan) Stewart, of Atlanta, Ga.; five grandchildren, Lisa (Scott) Moening, of Cuyahoga Falls, James R. ‘Jay’ (Melissa) Hile II, of Lima, Tyler Derryberry, of Boston, Mass., Corey Derryberry, of Orlando, Fla., and Chelsea Stewart, of Atlanta, Ga.; four great-grandchildren, Joseph Moening, Samuel Moening, Gabriel Hile, and Isabella Hile; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by two infant brothers; a half-brother, Holland Baker; two brothers, George Baker and Charles ‘Bill’ Baker; and three sisters, Bietrice Baker, Lydema Stout and Mary Hollar.
She was for 57 years a member of Shawnee Community United Methodist Church and prior to that was a member of First United Methodist in Wapakoneta. A 1934 graduate of Cridersville High School, she was active as a thespian in the school class plays and was a starting guard on the Lady Rams basketball team.
Marguerite retired from the Lima Excello Corporation and enjoyed spending winters in Florida. She and Rollin were charter members of the Shawnee Lions Club. She was an avid fan of harness horse racing and enjoyed ‘going to the dogs.’
Attending reunions with classmates and being with family was a highlight of her many years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed displaying her picture collection of ‘her kids’ to anyone who would see them.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, with the Rev. Charlotte Hefner officiating. Burial will follow in Shawnee Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Shawnee Community United Methodist Church or Shawnee Weekday Early Learning Center.
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