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Mary Margaret “Bucket” Rora

Birth Date: November 27, 1938
Death Date: September 14, 2017

Mary Margaret “Bucket” Rora, 78, of Decatur, formerly of Springfield and Kincaid, passed away suddenly, Thursday, September 14, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center, in Springfield.
She was born November 27, 1938, to Russell and Julia (Hayden) Meachum and sister to Jeanie, Ellen, Billy and “Tom”.
Margaret worked as a hair dresser and instructor, as well as, a breakfast hostess at Hampton Inn and hostess at Tom’s Grill, but her greatest job was as a care giver for several family members over the year.
She was greeted in Heaven by her husband of 60 years, Richard; her son’s Richard, Scott and Jeffery Thomas; grandson, Matthew Whitacre, as well as her parents and siblings, Jeanie Barton, Billy and “Tom” Meachum.
She leaves behind her beloved children, Michael and wife Margaret, Juli Whitacre and husband Richard “Cary” and Patrick and his late partner “Sonny Hicks”. She also leaves behind six grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
Funeral liturgy to celebrate Margaret’s life will be 12 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday before the service at the funeral home. Inurnment with the “Flight Home Ceremony” will be in Graceland Cemetery following the service at the funeral home.
The family of Margaret Rora is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Funeral Liturgy
September 20, 2017
12:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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September 20, 2017
10:00 am
- 12:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Dear Mike and family and Julie and family and Patrick. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. She sure was a lovely person to know and to know her was to love her. I pray for you all as it seems to soon to be grieving after the loss of your father too. I pray God will lift you up and keep you strong. I cannot make it to the funeral for personal reason. I love you all. God bless. Aunt Vickie (Rora) Dixon.

  2. She is resting in God's arms and may the Rora family be comforted knowing that. Prayers from the Daughters of Issabella. GOD BLESS.

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