Margaret Hopkins Windley


Margaret Hopkins Windley, 99, passed away Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in Seymour.

Born in the Little Rock community of Bourbon County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Emmett D. and Anna D. Clark Hopkins, both of whom preceded her in death. On Nov. 9, 1940, she married Hilton A. Windley, who was a Disciples of Christ minister. The couple had two sons.

Together, the Windleys served many churches in Kentucky and Illinois. She graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and did further educational study at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. She served on the Kentucky regional staff of the Disciples of Christ church. She taught in elementary schools for 21 years in Kentucky and Illinois and finished her career teaching in the elementary school she attended as a young girl in Little Rock.

She loved her family. The memory of how she lived her life will be a continuing inspiration to all who loved her.

Margaret was a woman of strong faith and conviction with a quick mind open to new ideas and interpretations. She loved music and the church which she served faithfully in many different capacities throughout her life. She was a person of kindness and mercy except when playing cards. Then it was “take no prisoners.”

Survivors include two sons, David (Ann) Windley of Seymour and Keith (Barbara) Windley of San Tan Valley, Arizona; grandchildren, Patrick (Inga) of Granville, Ohio, David (Nancy) of Nashville, Tennessee, Brian (Crystal) of Evergreen, Colorado, Steve (Laurie) of Seymour, and Maggie (Dan) Simon of Pownal, Maine; great-grandchildren are Heather, Rachel, Nicholas and Zachary; David, John, and Libby; Ayla, Caleb and Emmett; Parker and Emily; and Riley, Ben and Andrew; nieces, Margaret Anne Sluganz and Jamie Moak Herndon; nephew, James Moak; a sister-in-law, Bernedyne Respess; and many nieces and nephews through marriage that she valued.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Millie Moak Estill.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Central Christian Church, 206 E. Short St., Lexington, Kentucky.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday with a brief remembrance service at First Presbyterian Church in Seymour and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at Central Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

Memorial may be made to Transylvania University, 300 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY. 40508

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