From roller coasters to water slides, Margaret Daugherty lived fearlessly

Saturday, May 10, 2014 | 8:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Margaret Daugherty was fearless.

She was the type of grandmother who'd take her grandchildren on their first roller coaster rides.

She couldn't resist going down a water slide, despite never having learned how to swim.

And she never shied away from a new thrill.

"She'd do stuff even I wouldn't do," her granddaughter Jennifer Johnson said.

Margaret L. Daugherty of Columbia died Friday, May 9, 2014. She was 91.

She was born June 19, 1922, in Livingston County to Carl and Laura (Fraser) Parks.

Mrs. Daugherty was raised on a farm and grew up during the height of the Depression.

"She grew up during a period of time that was pretty hard, and everybody in her family had to work real hard," Johnson said.

She married Vernon Daugherty on April 5, 1947.

Her family remembers Mrs. Daugherty as an active mother and grandmother. She went to her son's recreation-league baseball games well after he had grown up and started a family of his own, Johnson said.

But she didn't go to the games just because she loved her son. Mrs. Daugherty and her sister went to almost every local ballgame they could find.

"It didn’t matter if it was baseball, basketball, football, so long as it was a ballgame. And if there was a ballgame on TV, she watched it, too — especially baseball," Johnson said.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Daugherty was a devoted member of the Memorial Baptist Church, where she played the organ and piano, sang in the choir and worked with the Sunday School.

Mrs. Daugherty was traveled frequently, visiting family in Colorado and friends in Texas when she had the chance.

A proud Irishwoman, Mrs. Daugherty had a love of old Irish sayings and proverbs, Johnson said.

One of her favorites was the old Gaelic blessing that reads:

"May the road rise up to meet you; may the wind always be at your back; may the sun shine warm upon your face; and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Mrs. Daugherty is survived by a son, Dale Daugherty, and his wife, Barbara, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter-in-law, Jane Daugherty, of Columbia; four grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson and husband Adam of Columbia, Julie Crowley and husband Jon Hinderberger of Columbia, Kristen Smith and husband Danny of Colorado Springs and Matthew Daugherty and wife Rebecca of Colorado Springs; and five great-grandchildren, James, Corry, Haley, Liam and Noah.

A son, James "Doc" Daugherty; her sister; and her brother died earlier.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery at the same address.

Memorial contributions can be made to Memorial Baptist Church, 1634 Paris Road, Columbia, MO 65201.

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