Marguerite (Schnoor) Atchison, 93, Osage City: Oct. 15, 1930 – May 10, 2024 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Marguerite (Schnoor) Atchison, 93, Osage City: Oct. 15, 1930 – May 10, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Marguerite (Schnoor) Atchison, 93, long-time resident of Osage City, Kan., passed away May 10, 2024, at Downs Care & Rehab, where she had been a resident for a short time. She moved to Beloit, Kan., in January 2020 to be closer to her daughter Vanessa, just before the COVID pandemic. Marguerite was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Burden, Kan. The daughter of Theodore G. and Sarah Elizabeth (Gray) Schnoor, she was the first born of four children.

Marguerite married Andrew Elias Ashby, to which two children were born, Sarah and Richard. They divorced. She later married John Atchison, to which two more children were born, John and Vanessa. They later divorced, eventually remained friends, and looked out for one another in their later years.

Sewing had always been something Marguerite loved to do, and often made clothes for Vanessa when she was little. Marguerite worked at the sewing factory in Burlingame, Kan., for a few years alongside her sister, Helen. Later, she worked at Luce Press Clipping, in Topeka, Kan. When she applied for the job, she was told that she was overqualified, but that didn’t stop her from applying again, to which she was hired! After several years of employment, when Marguerite was more than old enough to retire, they bribed her with a new office chair, as she had often complained of hers being uncomfortable. The new chair was enough that she continued to work for Luce another year or two, until it was time the company was downsizing, and she took a small buy-out.

After retirement, Marguerite began going to the senior citizen center, in Osage City, which she quite enjoyed. While there, she played cards and dominoes, helped make quilts, put together puzzles, and made new friends. Marguerite also helped with the collection and counting of money for Meals on Wheels. In addition to all of her activities at the senior center, Marguerite was a member of the F.O.E. 3890 Auxiliary, in Osage City.

Marguerite was an avid bowler. Over the years she competed in many state tournaments and regularly bowled in local leagues two to three evenings a week. Crocheting was another favorite hobby. Marguerite made beautiful afghans for family and stocking hats for her grandchildren. Crocheted dishcloths were given out as gifts, as well as to anyone who might have knocked on her door.

Marguerite was preceded in death by a daughter, Sarah Stubby; brother, John Schnoor; and two sisters, Helen Atchison and Loucille Moucha.

She is survived by two sons, Richard Ashby (Kathy), Garden City, Mo., and John Atchison III (Cathy), Branson, Mo.; daughter, Vanessa Burkdoll (Brett), Beloit, Kan.; and 12 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Marguerite’s wishes were to be cremated.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Osage City Senior Center, and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. Condolences can be left at

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