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Margaret “Peggy” Coulter

Margaret "Peggy" Coulter

Margaret A. “Peggy” Coulter, nee Grist, 84, of Marissa, IL, born August 6, 1936 in Shawnee, OK, passed away on Monday February 22, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. She was a retired secretary at University of Missouri – St. Louis.  Mrs. Coulter was a woman of faith and belonged to the Marissa Presbyterian Church in Marissa, IL where she also sang in the choir. Playing piano and singing were a big part of her life. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the RSVP Choral Group. In high school she was a baton twirler and was also on the girls’ basketball team.  She enjoyed family reunions and loved finding and sharing family history and stories. Mrs. Coulter was a graduate of the University of Kansas.

Mrs. Coulter was preceded in death by her parents; Paul and Sylvia (Alderman) Grist, son-in-law Jason Parrish, two brothers-in-law; Harold Johnson and Jude Nally and one stepson; James E. Coulter.

Peggy, as she was known, is survived by her husband Gerald “Jerry” Coulter of Marissa, IL, who she married on October 27, 1996 in Laurie, MO, four children; Victor (Sabine) Yeager of Belleair, FL, Kimberly (John) Heard of Springfield, MO, Todd (Carol) Yeager of St. Louis, MO and Joyce Yeager of St. Louis, MO, 4 stepchildren; Janet (Gib) Thomas of Marion, IL, John (Staci) Coulter of Herrin, IL, Joseph (Candy) Coulter of Bush, IL and Jeffrey (Christy Anderson) Coulter of Desoto, IL, sisters; Betty Johnson of Oxnard, CA, Anita (Gerald) Ganser of Mesa, AZ, Eileen (Denny) Schreiber of Lawrence, KS and Donna Nally of Kansas City, MO, 21 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Bible Society at

Public Visitation: Friends may join the family from 9 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday February 27, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL.

For the family’s health, please keep 6 feet apart and wear a mask per CDC guidelines.

Private family services will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. James Ryan officiating.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Deborah Stockhausen says:


    I was very sorry to hear this. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Holly Chapman says:


    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

  3. jorge sanchez says:

    Vic, Kim, Todd, and Joyce, Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your families. We’re thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Jorge Sanchez and family

  4. Dennis and Cheryl Hamilton says:

    We send our condolences and best wishes to the family. She was a dear lady with a sweet spirit and always enjoyable to meet. May you know God’s on-going peace and comfort in this time of loss.

    Dennis and Cheryl Hamilton

  5. Kathleen Grist Schwartz says:

    Condolences to all of Peggy’s family. She was such a sweet and encouraging person. Peggy was always interested and supportive of our work in Zambia. You knew she loved our family (Grist), sharing pictures, keeping in touch, and passing on the family stories. We will miss seeing her at family reunions.

  6. michele says:

    Joyce. I’m thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Your mom will always live in your heart❤

  7. Lanny Aderman says:

    Praying for comfort for Peggy’s family. She was a wonderful lady and the best thing that ever happened to Jerry. Rest In Peace Peggy.

    • Joyce Yeager says:

      That is so sweet of you to say, though I guess Jerry is the only one who can confirm that, though we could all tell that they loved each other and made each other very happy.
      -From Peggy’s youngest,

  8. Marilyn Yourdon says:

    Peggy was my oldest Grist cousin but she loved all of us cousins. There were 28 of us. I have great memories of Grist family reunions. We had such a fun time playing baseball, shooting fireworks, eating visiting, and having our talent shows. There was always singing and boy could Uncle Paul’s girls and Uncle John’s boys harmonize!
    I will miss Peggy and her sweet spirit. My condolences to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bring you comfort and peace.

    • Joyce Yeager says:


      Thank you for your kind words. How were you related in the Grist clan?

      -Peggy’s youngest,

  9. Linda Peters says:

    Great memories of choir and fellowship…

    • Joyce Yeager says:

      Thank you Linda.

    • Stewart Johnston says:

      My sincerest condolences to all of Peggy’s family.
      Peggy and I met through Facebook, and had many conversations to do with ancestors. Just days before her passing, I was helping her with her Johnston ancestors. It was a shock to hear of her passing.
      A good friend, that I never met. May she have God’s speed and eternal rest.

      • Joyce Yeager says:

        Thank you so much Stewart. I’m look for you on Facebook. At one time, I did genealogy but haven’t been active with it in awhile.
        -Peggy’s youngest,
        Joyce Yeager

  10. John says:

    Joyce, just wanted to send my condolences. I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss and will keep you our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Rashad says:

    Joyce, from your colleagues at work; sending our condolences. We are very sorry for your loss

  12. Bob Redpath says:

    I am terribly sorry for your loss Jerry, but just know that Peggy is in a better place and now at total peace, waiting for you to join her when your time comes. Peace be with you!

  13. Penny Amos says:

    I loved singing with Peggy. We rode together to sing with RSVP out of
    SWIC in Belleville to Assisted living and nursing homes. She will be missed.

    • Joyce Yeager says:

      Thank you Penny. She loved singing in the group and talked about it often.
      -Peggy’s youngest,
      Joyce Yeager

  14. Linda says:

    Sending condolences, enjoyed Peggy in Red Hats.

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