Margaret Jean Marikos

COLUMBIA — In 1967, Margaret "Jean" Marikos and her friends witnessed the Cardinals win the World Series at Busch Stadium.

After the game she and her friends climbed a pole at the stadium and took a wooden Cardinals World Series sign.

The day before she died, the Cardinals won the World Series again.

"She was a huge Cardinals fan. So it's kind of ironic that she passed away the day after they won the World Series," her son, Kenneth Wayne Neighbors said. He still has the sign at his home.

Margaret "Jean" Marikos of Columbia died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. She was 63.

She was born in Independence on Aug. 7, 1948, to Frederick Barlow and Bettye (Hammontree) Schulenberg.

Mrs. Marikos also enjoyed writing and reading. "She kept journals and despised email. She loved handwritten cards," her son said. She was a huge Stephen King fan.

After her second marriage, her husband said if she didn't want to work, she didn't have to. "She said, 'I don't want to work, so I'm not gonna,'" her son said.

Earlier in life she had worked in an administrative position, but got "fed up" with the corporate aspect. She then became a meat cutter, which she enjoyed.

"She was all about being happy rather than being financially better off. She traded financial security for the personal fulfillment of a different job," her son said.

She was not a material person. "The visit meant more than the present," her son said. She didn't think much of money.

"She was unique. She didn't fit a personality pattern," her son said.

She also had a passion for music. When she was younger, she loved going to concerts, and she loved 70s classic rock. She could be found listening to John Denver and ,later, to Guns n' Roses.

Her other passion was for animals. "She loved birds and cats, cats more than birds," he said. Birds were even known to perch on her finger. She often looked forward to the return of the hummingbirds each spring.

"She was a very good woman," her husband, Kenneth Marikos, said.

Mrs. Marikos is survived by her husband; her son, Kenneth Wayne Neighbors and his wife, Beckie, of Columbia; two grandsons, Frederick Ryan Neighbors and Trevor Philip Neighbors of Columbia; two brothers, David Lee Schulenberg and his wife, Carol, of Charlotte, N.C., and Frederick Dean Schulenberg of St. Louis; a sister, Elizabeth Anne Stebbins of Nashville, Tenn; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St.,. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Columbia Cemetery, 30 E. Broadway.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to an animal shelter or charity of the donor's choice in Mrs. Marikos' name.