Margaret H. Todd, 94, of Forest Park, formerly of Oak Park, died Feb. 8 at the British Home in Brookfield. Born on May 4, 1918, she grew up in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, moved to Oak Park when she married James Todd in 1940, and then to Forest Park in 1989.
“Lord give me life until my work shall end and work until my life shall end” was a little post she had up on her kitchen wall and a motto by which she lived her entire life. Her career spanned 19 years as a part-time secretary for Sears and then Western Electric in Cicero.
She loved singing and gardening. She also enjoyed the weekly Community Center’s senior trips and monthly bingo game.
An avid Cubs fan, her motto was, “Wait till next year.” Above all, her faith was her rock. She was dedicated to Kloeckner Memorial Church in Austin and then Willard Methodist and Cornerstone Methodist churches in Oak Park.
For some 20 years, starting at age 72 and until she turned 93, she helped run the toys and games room at the Economy Shop. She’d take home the dolls and clothes — to clean and iron them, wash and brush their hair. She’d test toys to see if they worked, put together puzzles and games to make sure all of the pieces were there and do whatever was needed to improve their marketability. She also sewed new blankets and hats for newborns every week at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association. She put heart and soul into her work. When asked the secret to her long life she always replied, “Keep on moving.”
Margaret Todd is survived by her son, James P. (Jean); her grandchildren, Kelly (Andy) Soltys, Brian Todd, April (John) Gravitt, Steve, and Kevin (fiancée Kris Jones) Todd; and her great-grandchildren, Charlie and Tyler Soltys and Austin Gravitt. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, and her son, Gordon B. Todd.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. until time of service, 11 a.m., at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park. Interment will take place at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Cantata, 8700 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513 are appreciated.