Margaret L. Chapman

2013-09-20T00:00:00Z 2013-09-20T08:51:28Z Margaret L. Chapman
September 20, 2013 12:00 am

NORMAL — Margaret L. Chapman, 71, Normal, passed away at 10:03 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 18, 2013) at Heartland Health Care Center, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday prior to the service at the memorial home.

Memorials may be directed to Town and Country Kennel Club in Bloomington.

Margaret was born Feb. 24, 1942, in Peoria, a daughter of Frank and Carmela Smith Sullivan.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, two sons, Ben (Lauren) Chapman, Buffalo, N.Y., and Terry (Kathy-Anne) Chapman, Austin, Texas; two sisters, Julie Cutt, Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Libby (Bill) Gorski, Yulee, Fla.; and a brother, Pat (Jo) Sullivan, Chula Vista, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Margaret graduated from the Academy of Our Lady in Peoria, then pursued her undergraduate studies in economics at Bradley University, Peoria. She received her doctorate in economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She was a professor of economics at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington from 1977-2007. Margaret taught every course that the department offered throughout her career. She also wrote a book on the local economic impact that occurred with the Mitsubishi plant, and chaired the economics department at IWU for a number of years.

Margaret was a longtime member and trainer of the Town and Country Kennel Club, Bloomington, where she trained two championship agility dogs. In addition to being a member of the kennel club, she was also a professor emerita at Illinois Wesleyan University.

She was an avid reader of mystery novels, played classical piano, was an avid swimmer and loved Sudoku. Margaret was an animal lover her whole life.

Online condolences and memories of Margaret can be left for the family at

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