Margaret Adah Pyeatt was born March 20, 1918 near Wilmore, Kansas to Thomas Jefferson Foree and Nannie Templeton Jackson Foree. She passed away on January 16, 2017 at the age of ninety-eight. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Fairfax Christian Church, Fairfax, Missouri. Interment followed in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax. Services were conducted by Rev. Robert Fleming. She was the last of five children and lived during her childhood on a ranch east of Wilmore.
After graduating from high school, she attended Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg, Missouri. She graduated in 1939 with a degree in education. Adah taught school in Lowry City, Tarkio, and Fairfax for a total of thirty-three years. She directed many plays and published twenty-one yearbooks. Her students were a very important part of her life.
On October 3, 1942, she was united in marriage to J. Hayden Pyeatt. After returning from World War II, Hayden began teaching in Fairfax which became their home. Two sons were born to this union, Lynn and Bruce. Hayden passed away in 1989.
Adah was very active in her church, the Christian Church of Fairfax. She sang in the choir, taught adult couples class, served on the church board, and led the singing. Adah was a member of O.E.S. in Tarkio and Fairfax; Sorosis; a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood at Rock Port; served as president of the Community Hospital Auxiliary, and was also Volunteer of the Year. She was a member of Community Betterment and supported her Fairfax community with dedication.
Poetry was always an important part of her life since grade school days. She published her own poetry book and received recognition for her poetry on many occasions. She enjoyed writing articles for “Young at Heart” in the St. Joseph News-Press.
Adah was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister, and grandson, Matthew.
Adah is survived by her son, Lynn, and wife, Carolyn; her son, Bruce, and wife, Jan; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Nelson (Kirk), Jill Pyeatt Cook (Jeff), and Logan Pyeatt (Hallie); niece, Mary Adah Ziegler; six step-great grandchildren and one step-great great grandchild; relatives, and many friends.
Memorials may be directed to the Fairfax Christian Church. Services were directed by Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.