HOOPESTON — Margaret Louise Gocking, 82, of Hoopeston, passed this life at 11:42 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at Heritage Health in Hoopeston.
She was born July 15, 1931, in rural Potomac, the daughter of Emil and Letha (Shoaf) Hickman.
She married Billy D. Gocking on Dec. 30, 1950, in Los Angeles, Calif. He preceded her in death on July 15, 2006.
Surviving are two daughters, JoAnn (Bob) Charbonneau and Lisa (Danny) Danner, both of Hoopeston; one granddaughter, Ashley Danner of Hoopeston; six step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Irene Powley; two brothers, Russell Hickman and Paul Dean Hickman; and two nephews.
Margaret was a homemaker. She graduated from East Lynn High School and many years ago had worked at the Grab-It-Here Grocery and the Meadow Gold Dairy, both in Hoopeston. She was a member of Hoopeston Community Church of the Nazarene and the Red Hat Society. Margaret was highly skilled at crochet, and dozens of people across the area were blessed to be the recipients of her beautiful handmade afghans, lap robes, prayer shawls, slippers and baby caps. She also enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, visiting with family and friends and walks with her devoted dachshund, George.
The visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Floral Hill Cemetery, with Pastor Jeff Alexander officiating. Burial will be at Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston.
Memorials are suggested to Hoopeston Community Church of the Nazarene, 402 E. Honeywell Ave., Hoopeston, IL 60942, or the Hoopeston Public Library, 110 N. 4th St., Hoopeston, IL 60942.
Visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Margaret’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences. Arrangements are being handled by Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston.