Margot Loveland Perry, 79, of Columbia, peacefully passed away at Boone Hospital Center on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.
A celebration of her life is planned for friends on Friday, Oct. 19, from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.
Margot was born August 7, 1939 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Margaret and Charles Loveland. She was raised on the tennis courts in La Crosse, WI. Her love for tennis grew as she did, and in high school she taught tennis lessons at the La Crosse Country Club. One of her most noted students, Tim Gullikson, went on to make his own name in the world tennis circuit as Pete Sampras’ coach. She also was Wisconsin state tennis champion in her high school years.
Margot came to Columbia in 1957 to attend Stephens College, where she played #1 on the tennis team. After graduating in 1959, she made Columbia her home, married, and had two daughters, Holly Steinhoff and Kim Hagan, and continued to teach tennis lessons at Stephens College and Southwest tennis courts.
Margot met the love of her life, Edward Perry in 1972, and they married on April 12, 1973, raising their blended families together. They enjoyed entertaining friends, gardening, boating, and traveling the world together for 30 years, until Ed’s passing in 2003. She loved playing bridge with friends, and tennis was still a major part of her life, even competing in the Show Me State Games in tennis. In her 70’s she discovered a love for Pickleball, and made many new and true friends while enjoying this new sport. Margot and her companion of the last 15 years, Jack Eyler, would spend winters with Columbia friends on Captiva Island in Florida. As regulars at Murry’s, they enjoyed listening to the jazz and piano music of the Tom Andes trio with friends.
Margot had a love for all things fun; she will be lovingly remembered for her quick laughter, great sense of humor, and embracing life to the fullest.
She is survived by her daughters, Holly Steinhoff (Greg), and Kim Hagan of Columbia; granddaughters Kristen Harrelson (Tyler) of Prairie Village, KS, and Lauren Steinhoff of Columbia; significant other and best friend of 15 years, Jack Eyler of Columbia; stepdaughters Andrea Essenburg (Reindert) of Dallas, and Julie Dietz (John) of Raleigh, NC; stepson Justin Perry (Kathy) of Columbia, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Home Instead for providing Margot with loving care and companionship over the last two months.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.