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Funeral services set for former educator, community leader

Mary Margaret Mills Moorhead Clegg passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:55 a.m. Visitation has been set for Tuesday, April 24 at the Versailles Baptist Church-Family Life Center, 228 South Washington Street in Versailles and Wednesday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the Versailles Baptist Church Sanctuary. Pastor Mike Cantrell, Pastor Rick Burcham, Pastor Dennis Ingle and Pastor Kurt Stutler will be officiating. Tri Kappa and Eastern Star will conduct services on Tuesday evening.

Mrs. Mary Margaret Mills Moorhead Clegg, 90 of Madison, formerly of Versailles, was born in Madison on September 23, 1927 to Daniel S. and Mabelle Monroe Mills. She graduated from Madison High School in 1945, from Hanover College in 1949, and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University.

On August 14, 1949, she married William H. “Gus” Moorhead, and he preceded her in death on December 21, 2008. In September 1951, the couple moved to Versailles, where Gus Moorhead coached and taught for 40 years, and Mary Margaret taught language arts for 38 years. After the death of their spouses, Mary Margaret and Robert S. Clegg renewed friendship that had begun when the two were in high school and lived across from each other on West Second Street, Madison. They were married on December 9, 2011, at the Versailles Baptist Church and made their home at 640 Miles Ridge Road in Madison.

Retiring from teaching in 1991, Mary Margaret worked for Ripley Publishing Company as a staff writer for 16 years. She was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for over 40 years, participating on the local, state, division, and national levels. She was awarded the St. George Award, a national leadership recognition, and has an award named after her in the Ripley County Relay for Life. She was one of the organizers of the Relay for Life in Ripley County. Her 60 plus years as a member of the Versailles Baptist Church included 57 years as adult choir director, 60 as an organist, and many years as a Sunday School teacher. She was the first female moderator in the church’s history, serving for four years.

During her career, she directed the Ministerial Association’s Festival of Choirs for 17 years and the Ripley County Harmonettes for many years. A member of Tri Kappa, Mary Margaret served as Province 2 Officer and was active in the Associate Chapter. She was a long time member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher’s Sorority and served as president. She was also a docent for Historic Madison, a member of Ripley County Retired Teachers Association, a board member of the Ripley County Community Foundation, and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She received the first Speaking of Women’s Health Award sponsored by Margaret Mary Community Hospital and was selected Ripley County Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.

In 1991 Mary Margaret and her husband Gus Moorhead were both awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash distinctions by Gov. Evan Bayh. As a Hanover Alumni, she served on the Hanover College Alumni Board two different four-year terms. She received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1980.
Her family consists of four children, one step-daughter, seven grandchildren, one step-granddaughter, four great grandchildren, two step great granddaughters, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and several nieces, and nephews. Mary Margaret loved people and always tried to see the best in them. She was a sports fan and a strong supporter of the Indiana Hoosiers, the Reds, and the Bengals. During her life she served the Lord in as many ways as she could. God was the center of her life and she tried to live for Him.

Mary Margaret will be missed by her loving husband of nearly seven years, Robert Clegg of Madison, her daughters, Mary Helen Moorhead of Maineville, Ohio; Janet Jo Moorhead of Naples, Florida; Jane Ellen Rogers and her husband, Jeff of Versailles, her son Robert D. Moorhead and his wife, Lisa of Aurora, her step daughter, Susan Clegg Burnett of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her grandchildren, Scott Byrdwell and his wife Amy of Ohio; Sean Byrdwell and his wife, Betsy of Monroe, Ohio; Christ Byrdwell of Louisville, Kentucky; Jennifer Rogers of Alaska; Jared Rogers of Versailles, Bradley Moorhead of Bloomington, Trenton Moorhead of Aurora, her step granddaughter, Sarah Fischer and her husband, Steve of Colorado Springs, Colorado, along with their two daughters. Four great-grandchildren reside with their parents in the Cincinnati area. Other survivors include five nieces, three nephews, and their families. Mary Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, William H. “Gus” Moorhead, her parents, Daniel S. and Mabelle Monroe Mills, her brothers and their wives, Daniel Monroe Mills, Charles Edwin Mills, Dwight “Speedy” Mills, and Scott Kenneth Mills, her nieces, Margery Mills Jessup and Laura Mills Schnaitter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Baptist Church, the American Cancer Society, or the Ripley County Community Foundation for the Moorhead Scholarship Fund. Cards will be available at the Life Center, the church or the Morgan Nay Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to

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