Wednesday March 10th, 2021
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Margaret Louise (Danielson)Wilson was born November 20,1931 to Lloyd Christopher Danielson and Ruby Emerald (Knight) Danielson in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She was the first of eight children, seven girls and one boy, born to “Pete” and Ruby.
A lover of music, Margaret took piano lessons from Donella Rhodes when she was just five years old. By the time she was seven, she was playing hymns for church. Mary Horne encouraged her to play for choir also and from then on, Margaret and Mary shared these duties. Playing for church was a duty that she cherished as she continued to play for services at the Delphos Baptist Church when she was raising her own family. Margaret also enjoyed reading and preferred a book to just about any other form of entertainment. She passed along this love for books by introducing her children to the local library.
The Danielson family moved from Mt. Ayr to Redding when Margaret was in high school and while she was working for Billy and Ilene Wilson, she met the love of her life. Billy’s brother, Bud, had just returned from his service in the Army during WWII and was helping his brother with farm work.
In 1948, Margaret and Marvis Jay (Bud) Wilson were married. To this union three children were born: a daughter, Sharon Elaine, and two sons, Alan Jay and Brent Lloyd. Bud and Margaret were a partnership working together on their farm to make a living. She helped milk 20 cows by hand every single day, twice a day and she raised 300 chickens that she dressed and put in the freezer or canned. She also canned beef, ham and lots of vegetables from her garden and fruit from their fruit trees. Margaret worked very hard and succeeded at becoming a wonderful cook. She learned to make chocolate pudding like Bud’s mother, Bessie, used to make and because Bud loved chocolate, she perfected her technique for making chocolate cake with fudge frosting. One time, though, the cake fell in the middle, so she just filled in the dip in the cake with fudge frosting and no one was the wiser. In fact, Bud pronounced it the best one she’d ever made! In 1964, Margaret went to work as a nurse’s aide at Horton’s Nursing Home north of Mt. Ayr. After nine years as an aid, she decided to pursue a degree as an LPN. She received her degree in 1974 and for the next thirty-seven and half years, she worked at the Ringgold County Hospital. Most of those years were spent working in OB and later teaching LaMaze classes. Margaret helped to deliver her baby sister, Iva Lee, when she was just 14 and that experience inspired her to work in the OB department. She loved taking care of the mothers and babies, but she was just as good at caring for adults. She seemed to instinctively know how to make her patients comfortable and it was those little details that made all the difference to her patients. In 1993, she was forced to retire from nursing due to having both knees replaced. Although she loved nursing, she was thankful to be able to spend time with Bud since he had already retired from farming.
Margaret passed away on January 30, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, her parents and siblings, Virginia, Joyce, Lloyd and Jeannie.
She is survived by her children, Sharon, Alan (Diana), Brent (Pam); grandchildren, Angela (Bill) Boord, Ryan (Melissa) Smith: Jessica Wilson, Jody (Gretchen) Wilson; Alexandra Wilson, and Christopher Wilson. Great-grandchildren: Stephanie Boord, Justin Boord, Allison Snow, James Snow, Evan Smith and Gabriel Smith , Connor Boysen, Avalina Wilson, Iris Wilson and Dylan Wilson. Sisters, Mary Ann (Jim) Geist, Faith Danielson (Noel Gallanger), Iva (Don) Bourne. Sisters-in-law, Leona Danielson and Donna (Curt) Wilson and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Memorials are to the United Baptist Presbyterian Church and Mount Ayr Public Library
I remember mom telling me about that one time when we stopped by the Amish store. She couldnt hardly tell the story for laughing about it. Thanks for that memory.
Alan Wilson Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM
We all have disappointed people at various times in our lives but she didnt hold it against us. Well, not very long anyway. Lol! She wasnt too impressed with our shenanigans at times but it was always yesterdays news the next day.
Alan Wilson Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM
That was one of her funny stories and we had good laughs. The other that very few people know about was the big muddy hog wallow. When her and dad were walking to the house they walked by a big hog wallow and she said to Dad she would sure hate to fall into that. Dad said she didnt much more than say that and he heard her say something and when he turned around there she was up to her waist sitting in that wallow. We all learned later in life that moms balance was never very good.
Alan Wilson Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM
Oh how we all love you. She had a way of making everyone feel like they were the most important special person to her. The love she had for you was palatable. She loved all her family fiercely. I treasure all the conversations, laughing, talking about God & Jesus and how precious our faith is. We talked about hard things too. She always listened & would say sweetie we just need to love each other & do our best. She was there for my mom,
myself & siblings when dad was dying. She lovingly cared for her beloved brother with tenderness while comforting all of us. Her laughter & the way she told stories was priceless. I loved the times at the farm when all the cousins, aunts uncles, grandma Ruby, Margaret & Bud were out from Iowa. Visits to Iowa were always the best. Thank you Aunt Margaret for loving deeply, fiercely, with all the love your heart could hold. I have much joy thinking about you, Uncle Bud, Grandma Ruby, ,Grandpa Pete, daddy , aunt Joyce, aunt Gin, aunt Jeanie, Uncle Ronny, Uncle R.C. altogether again . Love,
Holly Danielson Brazel Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM
Aunt Margaret... such a loving caring woman .
We are all the better for her influence on our lives. I never doubted for a minute that she loved me , or anyone else for that matter. You always felt loved, even when you waited for a look of disappointment... which never came.
Always a highlight, to go to Aunt Marys farm in the summer. Her bright happy smile welcoming you in... she genuinely cared for each and everyone of us. Aunt Margaret will be terribly missed by all of her family and friends.
Never forgotten in our hearts.
Andrea murat Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM
Margaret was at the center of our family, the "hub" so to speak. She loved all of us and everyone in our own families. No surprise then, when we spoke to her she could tell us what was going on with so many members of the family. She was always interested in each of us. I think we all relied on this a bit; I know I did enjoy this aspect of our conversations. She cannot be replaced, but our memories will be there always.
Faithie Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM
I loved my visits with Margaret, sharing books and music, as well as life experiences. Her calm and patient demeanor, along with her ever-present smile always made my day and I looked forward to her notes and letters after my mother, Frances Goff, passed and I was no longer making the trip from Texas to Mt. Ayr. She and Marie Still were so kind and such loving friends to both Mother and me.
Susan Goff Hauser Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM
Margaret was definitely an exceptional person who loved everyone and loved to hug. There probably isn't a person that walked up to her that didn't get one of her hugs. No matter what was going on in her life, whether it was another fall or health issue, you always heard how blessed she was. Her faith gave her comfort and it never waivered, she truly walked in the light. Referencing Verna's post, I was with Margaret, as was our cousin Ethel, the day she had on two different shoes and both for the same foot. The funny thing was Margaret asked me, before we left her house, if her shoes matched and I said yes. It wasn't until we got out of the car at the Redding Amish store that I noticed the difference. None of us could stop laughing. Margaret was always able to laugh at herself and she told me many times the best thing people could do when she was gone was to remember and share all the funny anecdotes about her. I remember her Buddy saying to me on one of my visits that he just hated to leave the room as he never knew what she was going to do next. I love her and will miss her, but I know she is in a better place.
Iva Bourne Feb 3 2021 12:00 AM
The first time I remember that we first met was at the Amish Redding store, she came in with two different kinds of shoes on, and two same feet, and we laughed so hard that day and many laughs since, that was the first thing she talked about when I started working at assistant living, and we had many wonderful times together, then I also worked at the nursing home taking care of her, she was my inspiration, she always said, we have been sisters since we met she would ask about my family and I could always be open and honest with her, she could always tell if I struggling and we would cry together, and pray for others, I love you Margaret!!
Verna Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM
Margaret was one of the most amazing people I have ever met! When we first met she was so active and involved, but soon varying health problems seemed bent on destroying her. Yet, Margaret never yielded and lived out her relationship with Jesus more every day! She continued to be as active as possible and seemed to be more worried and prayerful for others than herself! She made such an impact on my life and I am so thankful that God brought us together. Our prayers are with you in her loss, but our joy is also with you in her Reward!
Michael Maddy Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM