She was born March 23, 1929 in Deerfield, Missouri the daughter of Arthur and Almeda Burris Bowles. She was a homemaker who lived in the Arcadia-Arma area most of her life. She was raised in Deerfield and attended Deerfield schools. She married Donald Carpenter on January 29, 1947 in Fort Scott. He survives of the home. Margaret was a member of the First Baptist Church in Arcadia.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Michael Carpenter and wife, Linda of Garland, Stephen Carpenter of the home, who provided for her care, and James and Roxann Carpenter of Arma; one daughter, Debra Carpenter, Arma; one brother, Lawrences Bowles, Fort Scott; five grandchildren, Brian Carpenter, Brad Carpenter, Jerime Carpenter, Courtney Carpenter, and Jennifer Carpenter; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Wilma Rodgers, Helen Carneal, and Arta Mae Cox; and one brother, Harry Bowles.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Shiloh Cemetery near Oskaloosa, Missouri with Dr. Dale Cummins of Cherry Grove Baptist Church officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Bedene Funeral Home in Arma. The family will meet at the Arcadia Christian Church Bungalow following the services. Memorials are suggested to the Franklin Community Center. Donations may be sent to or left at the Bedene Funeral Home, 517 E. Washington, Arma, KS 66712.