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
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