SIKESTON -- Mary Margaret Story Yarbrough, 25, formerly of Charleston, died at 5:30 a.m. July 27, 2005, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis.
Born June 17, 1980, in Sikeston, she was the daughter of Ernest E. "Pete" and Sara Margaret Sutherland Story, who survive of Charleston. Mary Margaret grew up in Charleston, where she was confirmed in the United Methodist Church, participated in Girl Scouts and was the first girl to play in the Charleston Little League Football program. A 1998 graduate of Charleston High School, she was a member of girls tennis, softball and basketball teams, quarterback of the Powder Puff football team, member of Foreign Language Club, Science Club, Business Club, Future Farmers of America, National Honor Society, participated in CHS Drama productions and was chosen as Football Homecoming attendant. She attended University of Mississippi and Southeast Missouri State University prior to her enrollment in John A. Gupton College in Nashville, Tenn. In December 2001 she graduated with a degree in mortuary science fulfilling her desire since age 10 of becoming a funeral professional.
She completed her funeral service internship in December 2002 at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston and completed the licensing requirements for Missouri Funeral Director and Embalmer. She remained employed with McMikle Funeral Home and had recently been elected as secretary/treasurer of the SEMO Funeral Directors Association. She was a member of Shady Acres Church of Christ in Sikeston, Sikeston Bunco Club, Charleston Junior Study Club and assisted with Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center fundraising.
On May 17, 2003, she married William Harold "Will" Yarbrough II, who survives of Sikeston.
Also surviving in addition to her parents and husband include: one brother and sister-in-law, George Russell "Buck" and Andrea Story of Charleston; one nephew, George Marshall Story; and one niece, Cary-McClure Story, both of Charleston.
Preceding her in death were her paternal grandparents, George G. and Eleanor McClure Story; and her maternal grandparents, Frank Russell and Daisy Barfield Sutherland.
Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Charleston United Methodist Church. The Rev. Roger Jespersen and Johnny Hester, minister of the Shady Acres Church of Christ in Sikeston, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery under the direction of McMikle Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be: Holt Dugan, Boothe Dugan, Hetherington Story, Don Bewley, Ryan Collins and Matt Johnson.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Mary Margaret Story Yarbrough Scholarship Fund c/o First Security State Bank 101 S. Main St. Charleston, MO 63834