Marjorie Ellen McAfee

1924 - 2021



Marjorie Ellen McAfee, age 97, of Gallatin, Missouri, passed away March 8, 2021 at Greenwood Terrace in Lenexa, Kansas, surrounded by family.

Marge was born February 29, 1924 to Elias B. and Pearl R. Payne in North Kansas City, MO.   Her family later moved to Gallatin, MO.  Marge lived in California for several years, but moved back to Gallatin to help care for her ailing father and to run the family jewelry store. She met the great love of her life, Oliver Wallace (Tut) McAfee when he was a pall bearer at her father's funeral. Tut had returned home to Gallatin after serving in the US Army during WWII. They were united in marriage in Gallatin on October 6, 1946. The couple made their home in Gallatin for several years before moving to Branson, MO and later to Liberty, MO. In 1993 the couple moved to Lake Viking, Gallatin. They were happily married for 65 years until his death on September 11, 2011.
Marge loved to entertain, whether it was a lavish party for her husband's business associates, a high school reunion, or a small party for church or club members. She was well known for elegant table settings, creative themes and delicious food. Marge led a life of service. She and Tut were active members of the Presbyterian Church in Gallatin and she served as an elder in the church after moving to Lake Viking. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, a Girl Scout Leader, Vacation Bible School leader, member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Modern '49ers and T.T.T. Society service clubs. She looked after elderly relatives, taking them to doctors appointments and making sure they had everything they needed. When relatives and friends moved to the Daviess County Nursing and Rehab facility, she visited them and other residents regularly, always taking home-baked treats and other goodies. She would often dress up in her clown costume to entertain the residents at parties.


Marge was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and siblings Burris Howard Payne, Jack Payne, Rich Payne, David Payne and Dorothy Tener.

Marge is survived by her daughters, Marna Olson and husband Carl of Portland, OR, Cynthia Ayers of Gettysburg, PA, Melinda Kenney and husband Joe of Olathe, KS, and her son, Oliver Wallace (Tut) McAfee, Jr. and wife Julie of Excelsior Springs MO; 3 grandchildren, Jeremy McAfee and wife Jaime, Richard Pyeatt and wife Brandi, and Sarah Pyeatt; and 3 great-grandchildren, Nadia Rickman, Dayne Reale and Violet McAfee.

Marge will be interred next to her husband at the Lake Viking Cemetery. The family has not scheduled services at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin, MO. (660) 663-2117. Online guestbook at 

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Randall and Rosana Davidson

April 1, 2021 11:19 PM

We met this gracious lady when she and her late husband, Tut, joined the yacht club at the lake the year after we did. Along with their children, Tut jr and Julie, Candy and Bushrod, Cindy and Mindy, theymade my family and I welcome into their home and family. As Tut and I were Veterans, we hit it off immediately. And as the yacht club members, we were like family to each other. Marge was always sharing her homemade snacks for anyone and everyone that stopped for a visit. And after they moved up the lake toilet 193, theytold us that every window had aflame view, so as every time my family went by their house, we'd wave,  knowing she could be watch6dir our blue buggy top Pontoon as it was the only one that color for over 20 years. Could not ask for a better and gracious lady around to call as a friend. You will be sadly and deeply missed but knowing you are with your beloved Tut is the most important part of your lives together again reunited. Love you and will cherish our friendship together and until we meet again, give Mr. Tut a big hug from us down here.

Randa Davidson

April 1, 2021 7:05 PM

My heart hurts hearing about the loss of this wonderful woman. She was such a beautiful soul and I will always remember so many memories of her and all the letters and Christmas cards she sent to me at my adult age. I met Marge in 1993 at Lake Viking and then is where I would classify her as my lake grandma. From all the times Custer...the many of them would be pulling this little, yet mighty woman around!! She would always have snacks and make you all sorts of drinks...and the stiff drinks as we got older. She would always be waving out her window when they moved to the big house on the water...even if we wouldn't know or be able to see her. So dad would do the same back...just incase she was at the window, in hopes she would see our blue canopy. Many years have passed and I haven't seen her in the last 2yrs but she was always on our minds. She is finally reunited with Tut and that is what maybe helps the hurting heart the most. Remembering what a beautiful life she lived and lived it with such grace and beauty(she would always be dressed and hair done like she walked out of the parlor)
RIP beautiful Marge💜
You will always be in my heart and will cherish those times we all shared.
Love always,
Randa Jo

Larry & Lana Belshe

March 22, 2021 10:57 AM

Marge was a dear friend that I enjoyed visiting with.   She was my "extra mom".  She had a great memory and loved sharing her nutcrackers with everyone.   When my son had a accident in 2016, she sent him a card every day.  My heartfelt sympathy to her family.   She was one special lady!  

Mary Aschbrenner, Homemaker's Club

March 19, 2021 12:05 PM

Marge was a blessed gift to us all at Homemakers Club at the lake. She loved to have us meet at her home and always served a delicious and elegant meal for all.  We celebrated birthdays that occurred during the month of our meeting and she would say, you know it is not really my birthday because there are not 29 days this month. So even though her obituary says she was 97, she would tell you she was really only 24.  We enjoyed her company at club and loved seeing her.  Condolences to the family and God's blessings. 

Jeff Samuelson

March 14, 2021 1:56 PM

So very sorry to hear this news.  Our family lived right across the street on Broadmore Lane for years and have been lifelong friends.  I have so many wonderful memories of Marge and her family as we grew up.  Games in the street, scouts, running the neighborhood.  Lot's of fun times.  Even though they moved to Lake Viking, we still exchanged Christmas cards and kept up with one another.  Her spirit will still be with us.

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