Obituary of Margaret Thorpe

Margaret “Peg” Thorpe, age 73, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021, at the Girard Medical Center in Girard, Kansas. She was born November 7, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John Howard Raftery and Margaret Montgomery Raftery. Following high school, Peg attended Moser Secretarial School in Chicago. From 1967 to 1969, she served an internship at WGN Radio Station in Chicago. She later served as executive secretary for Midwest Contractor Assoc. in Geneva, Illinois. In 1980, Peg moved to Ft. Scott where she was part owner of the McDonald’s restaurant until 1989. Peg married Wayne Thrope on November 12, 1993, in Ft. Scott. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, the Red Hat Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. She and her husband, Wayne, also volunteered their time at the Presbyterian Village. Peg enjoyed knitting and reading.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne, of the home; her daughter, Jennifer, Peters, of Leawood, Kansas and three granddaughters, Lydia, Ella and Madeline Anstoetter, all of Leawood. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Kate Rosenthal and a brother, John Raftery.

Rev. Reed Hartford will conduct graveside services at 11:30 A.M. Wednesday, March 3rd at the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10:30 A.M. until leaving for the cemetery at 11:15 A.M. at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Transportation Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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