Margery (Marge) Bodine, Age 83, of Leawood, KS passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 at St. Luke’s South Hospital.
She was born March 15th, 1938 in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of William and Margaret Poe. She was the oldest of three sisters.
Marge graduated from Southeast High School in Kansas City, MO in 1956. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history and education at Baker University in Baldwin, KS. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and the Tri Psi Sorority.
She began her work career teaching in the Shawnee Mission school district and later worked at the Institute of Logopedics in Wichita serving children with special needs and development disabilities. In the seventies and eighties, she invested her time and talents in high quality, skilled nursing centers and retirement communities including Villa Ventura in Kansas City, MO. In the early 90’s, she and her husband purchased a frame shop which by 1995 she had converted to a fine art gallery, Leawood Fine Art. She owned and was actively involved in the running of this business until selling it to its current gallery owner in 2009.
Marge enjoyed traveling, cooking, art and spending time at her lake home in the Ozarks. She was an accomplished musician and played the piano beautifully. She was an avid reader and did crossword puzzles every day. She used her creative talents to make items that she donated to local hospitals -- items like knitted hats for cancer patients, Christmas ornaments for hospital gift shops, and so much more.
Surviving is her loving daughter, Allison Waggoner of Lake Forest, Illinois; her grandchildren Kyle and Chase Waggoner of Lake Forest, Illinois and Robert (Robbie) Rieger III of Boulder, Colorado; her sister Sandra Branick of Greenwood, Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews. She was greeted in heaven by her son Robert (Bobby) Rieger II, her sister Susan Poe and her two husbands Robert (Bob) Rieger I and Virgil Bodine, along with her parents and other friends and relatives.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wayside Waifs ( www.waysidewaifs.org ) in Kansas City, Missouri where she adopted her loving dog Layla or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation ( https://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/ ). Memorial Services will be private for family members only.