Margaret DeMarce
1940 - 2021
Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory
601 Indiana St
Lawrence, KS
Margaret Ann Demarce passed away peacefully on September 7th, 2021.

She was born on February 16th, 1940 in Texarkana, Arkansas to Lizzie Mae and Perry Anthony DeMarce.

She is survived by her son, Sean Buerger of Lawrence; daughter and spouse, Shannon Buerger and Juan Villagran of Lawrence; grandchildren, Camas House and Isaih Villagran; sisters, MaryAnn Christian Black and Debbie Partee, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by sisters, Dottie Suddath and Doris Hannon; and a brother, Charles Ragan.

As a child, she loved to be outside and often went hunting, fishing and camping with her father. With her mother, she shared a love of fine clothes, jewelry and a propensity to dress stylish and snappy.

After graduating from Bossier City High School, she attended Shumpert School of Radiology in Shreveport, LA and worked as an x-ray technician until her marriage to Gregory Buerger in 1964. Their son, Sean was born in 1965 and the family moved to Lawrence, KS in 1967. Their daughter, Shannon, was born in 1968.

From 1976-2020 Margaret lived on her beloved 60 acre farm north of Lawrence. After her divorce in 1978, she started her own business, Sat Nam Sprouts, growing primarily alfalfa and mung bean sprouts. Also known as The Sprout Lady, she delivered her sprouts to almost every grocery store, restaurant and salad bar in Lawrence. Through hard work, long hours and much frugality, she ran her successful business for 16 years, retiring in 1994.

As well as being a hard worker, Margaret knew how to let her hair down. After all the sticks had been picked up and the grass was mowed, she loved socializing with friends. She enjoyed parties, potlucks and gatherings of all kinds including First Fridays and Monday $1 beer night at Free State Brewery. You could often find her on the Brewery front porch with her ever present bandana wrapped carefully around her glass of Oatmeal Stout.

Margaret had a deep appreciation for the beauty of the natural world. She expressed her unique personality and artistic nature through her collecting, organizing and displaying her vast trove of crystals, stones, bones, feathers, shells, flowers, cacti, houseplants, clothes, jewelry and much much more!

In addition to collecting things, she loved to travel, to eat spicy Mexican food and oysters on the half shell, and to go dumpster-diving. She also loved photography, astrology, dancing, garage sales and frogs. Most of all she loved her family, her friends and her farm. She touched the lives of many people with her strong, independent and eccentric spirit. She will be deeply missed!

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, raise your glass to a life well lived and in lieu of flowers, consider practicing a random act of kindness.

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Published by Lawrence Journal-World on Sep. 15, 2021.
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Margaret was truly one of a kind. She lived many long lifetimes in her 81 years. She had the largest bandana collection and every beer was neatly adorned by the day´s choice of design and color. I often thought she was one of those Kansas personality´s that ought to be written about. I wish her family well in this time of adjustment. Flights of Angels Margaret.
Catherine Elizabeth Bolton
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