Margaret C. Yoakum | Seward Independent

Margaret Catherine (Yauk) Yoakum, 82, of Liberty, Missouri, died January 14, 2022.

Margaret was born on January 14, 1939, to Reverend Martin Yauk and Esther Kruckenberg Yauk, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. She lived in several Midwestern states and eventually attended and graduated from St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran School and Seward High School.

After moving to Kansas City, Margaret began working at Massey Ferguson, where she met Robert Yoakum. Margaret and Robert were married on August 8, 1964 and lived 53 years of marriage. They were blessed with three sons.

Margaret took particular pleasure in working with young children. Her dazzling smile was familiar to many Liberty kids. Margaret was an active member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church for over 50 years, where she enjoyed working with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Margaret loved to travel, count cross stitch and cheer for the Kansas City Chiefs.

She was predeceased by her parents and by her husband, Robert.

Margaret is survived by her three sons and their spouses, Rolland (and Barbara) of Liberty, Missouri, Martin (and Patty) of St. Louis, Missouri, and Reverend Kevin (and Kathy) of Riverview, Florida. Margaret has five grandchildren, Sean, Elliott, Mitchell, Margo and Kara Yoakum. She is also survived by her sister, Carol Compton; niece, Christine Compton; and his nephew, Madison Compton.

A memorial service was held Feb. 7 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Liberty, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Little Saints Learning Center at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. Condolences can be left for the family online at

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