She was born Sept. 1, 1916, in Brazil, to Emmet and Coila Rebecca (Biddle) Kerins.
She married George Jesse James June 24, 1938. He preceded her in death March 3, 1984.
She was a graduate of Brazil High School, class of 1935.
She attended St. Mary-of-the-Woods College for one year.
She had worked as a waitress several places before and after her marriage. She had also performed factory work in Terre Haute, and in Lisbon, Ohio.
Margaret was a member of the First Christian Church. She had been active in the Daughters of Ruth Sunday School Class and The Best Years Club. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 80. Margaret was especially proud of having been chosen Area 7 Senior Queen in 1985. She had also volunteered as a Gray Lady at Clay County Hospital.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sister Marjorie Biddle Kerins Kaelber.
Surviving are nieces Alice Ann Courtney, Mary Margaret Sauvain, Yvonne Hill and Sondra Davis, plus nephews Dick Lumsdon, Don Lumsdon, Jim Lumsdon, Jay Lumsdon and Tom Powell, and special friend Rhonda Allsup.
The funeral will be at French Funeral Home Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Cottage Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday, from 11 a.m. until time of services.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.