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Margie Lou “Mimi” Cantrall

d. January 15, 2016

Margie Lou “Mimi” Cantrall age 91, of Schaumburg, formerly of Athens, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 15, 2016 after battling cancer with dignity and grace.

Margie is survived by her children, Michael (Kay) of Athens and Myra Schneider of Schaumburg; two grandsons, Jason (Jessica) Schneider of Rochester, MN and Benjamin Schneider of Schaumburg.

Margie is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth “Coke” and her son Donald.

She was born June 30, 1924 in Petersburg and married Kenneth M. Cantrall in 1942. Together they owned and operated Cantrall’s Red Fox Grocery Store in Athens for several decades.

After retirement, Margie volunteered at St. John’s Breadline in Springfield and worked part time at Hardee’s as well as Burger King of Springfield.

Our beloved Mimi selflessly moved to Schaumburg in 2005 to be close to her daughter and to help raise her grandsons. While up north, she kindled a deep and special relationship with her grandsons, and gave joy to everyone she met.

The one truth of Mimi’s personality which anyone who knew her would attest is that she gained great satisfaction within the solace of service. She gave love and guidance to all the lives she touched. She will without a doubt be dearly missed.

Margie’s visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 10-11 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home of Athens, IL. Funeral Services for Mimi will immediately follow visitation at 11 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to “St. Jude” or “Paralyzed Veterans of America.”




  1. I was so sorry to hear of Margie Lou’s passing. She was a great person and I know she will be missed by all who knew her. Always loved talking with her when she worked at Hardee’s. Always had a smile and kind word for everyone.

  2. I truly loved Margie. She touched my life in so many ways. I worked for Coke and Margie and they spoiled us because they treated us so good that no other boss could ever compare. She was a friend more than a boss. I still think and talk about her often and probably always will. “My Little Margie” had more energy and zest for life than anyone I’ve ever known. What an inspiration. She will be missed but will live in my heart forever. Love you Margie.

  3. Myra so very sorry for your loss.
    Was in Athens at Christmas, and my folks & I were talking about you and your mom.
    Also got to see Mike & Kay at Indian Point Church.
    Will be keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.

  4. We were saddened to hear of the passing of this grand lady.
    Margie was a true angel here on Earth. Her mission was to make everyone feel happy and loved and it certainly shined through in her radiant smile. She always had a kind word when you went into the grocery store and even years later in food service she just had the knack of making your heart smile and a person feel good. I’m sure there is a special place waiting for her in Heaven.
    You will be missed Margie Lou.
    Chris & Norman Wiseman

  5. I have the fondest memories of your mom from when I would see her at their grocery store. She always had something kind to say that always made you happy to have seen her. She obviously had much love in her heart and it’s wonderful to hear she got to spend her later years with her family in Schaumburg. My condolences to your family.

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