Gertrude Elizabeth Sprigg Mackler, 85, of Ottawa, Kan., formerly of Napton, died Friday, March 25, 2005, in Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at Smith Chapel Cemetery in Napton. Rev. Douglas W. Franklin will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Dengel and Son Mortuary in Ottawa, Kan. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association in care of Dengel and Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, KS, 66067. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born Nov. 2, 1919, in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Charles Taylor Sprigg and Gertrude Marshall Sprigg. On June 29, 1939, in Napton, she married Joseph C. Mackler. They later divorced. She graduated in 1938 from Napton High School in Napton. She lived for 20 years in Napton, five years in St. Louis, 20 years in the Kansas City area and 40 years in Ottawa, Kan. She was a Methodist and a homemaker.
Survivors include one daughter, Grace Nilges of Ottawa, Kan.; two sons, Joseph C. Mackler Jr. of Granby and David L. Mackler of Ottawa; and six grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Sue Burnett, Frances Sprigg and Nancy Smith; and three brothers, Charles M. Sprigg, William H. Sprigg and Richard A. Sprigg.