Mary Magdalene Stagge was born in Paulette, Mississippi, on December 17, 1942, to Lela Bell Ivy and James Halbert. Mary graduated from Macon Colored High School April 27, 1962. Shortly after, she married Charlie Stagge on July 28, 1963, at Bethesda Mennonite Church at 2823 Dayton Street. It was officiated by Reverend Herbert Schwartzentruber. Mary dedicated her life to the Lord at an early age. She joined Bethesda Mennonite Church March 29, 1964, dedicating her life to servicing others at the church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, usher, and a host of other positions as needed until her health failed. Her passion was to give, feed those in homeless shelters, and visit the elderly and sick in nursing home facilities. She served God faithfully until her transition.
She worked at the Missouri Athletic Club on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis from the early 60s until the early 2000s, essentially retiring from a long career of service in supervising the housekeeping.
She departed this life on February 2, 2020, after a long battle with dementia.
She leaves to cherish her memories: her loving husband of 56 years, Charlie Stagge; children, Portia Stagge, Lela (Stacey) Gardner, James Monroe (Kim) Stagge, Darlene Stagge, and Stanley Stagge; grandchildren, Shaun (Darleta) Stagge, Raquel Glover, Brandon Menears, Raquita (Chris) Williams, Najiah (Samuel) Williams, Justin Menears, Michael Smith, and Tayler Stagge; two aunts, Eula Mae Bass of St. Louis, Missouri, and Hattie Taylor of Chicago, Illinois; siblings, Tommy Maxwell of St. Louis, Missouri, and Annie Ruth Moore of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 18 great-grands; and a host of unforgettable and faithful family members, including sisters-in-law, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dearest friends.
She was preceded in death by: her mother, Lela Bell Ivy; father, James Halbert; grandparents, Mary Luck Ivy and James Ivy who raised her during her time in Paulette, Mississippi, when her Mom died at an early age; aunt, Lydia Townsend; mother-in-law, Mary Francis Clanton; brother- in-law, Walter Stagge; and so many more that were awaiting her arrival.
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