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Margaret May (Whipple) Nelson

April 28, 1944 ~ February 11, 2022 (age 77)



Margaret May Nelson

Margaret May Nelson passed from this life, at home with family by her side, February 11, 2022. Margaret was born, at home in rural Taylor County Iowa, April 28, 1944 to Albert Dean and Vada Majorie (Cook) Whipple. She attended elementary and junior high school at Conway and high school at Bedford Iowa. After graduating high school she moved to Des Moines Iowa where she worked for a bank doing office work. She worked there for two years coming home on weekends.

During this time she met Floyd Nelson through mutual friends. She married Floyd Anderson Nelson April 20, 1963. To this union two sons were born; John Dean Nelson August 6, 1965 and James Daniel Nelson April 21, 1968. Margaret and Floyd first started out living together in a small house outside of Sheridan Missouri. Shortly after they moved to a farm on the Iowa - Missouri line near Athelstan Iowa. Years later they purchased a farm and moved back to the Sheridan area. Sadly Floyd was taken from her August 10, 1987.

Margaret was always active in her community. At one time belonging to the Blockton Garden Club, Sheridan Community Theater and was currently the vice president of the local Red Hat Society. For several years Margaret wrote a column for the Quad River News entitled Recollections of a Farm Wife. In years past she also painted and wallpapered houses with her sister Kay. For several years she owned the tavern in Sheridan, cooking many many meals. Margaret loved cooking, gardening, canning, sewing and making a home for her family. One of her favorite hobbies was also her greatest weakness, never being able to pass a garage sale. She loved doing for others and spending time with her grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd and son James, and sister-in-law Sharon Thomas.

She is survived by her son John (Sherry) Nelson, Maryville, Mo; Grandchildren: Shane Nelson, Maryville MO; Lindsay (Jaron) Hendrix, Leawood, KS; step granddaughter Alison (Stephen) Sporleder, Maryville, MO. Great grandchildren; Mila Nicole Hendrix, Walker (Dean) Hendrix, Liam Dean Sporleder; brother Austin Amos Whipple;  sister Lula Kay Shimer, brother and sister-in-law Carl and Sherline Nelson and brother-in-law Dean Thomas,  many nieces and nephews. Last but not least her loving companion Frank Donovan without who the last year‘s of her life would not have been nearly as rich.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Friday, February 18, 2022 at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Burial will be in Luteston Cemetery, Sheridan, MO. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home. There will be a luncheon following the graveside at the Sheridan Community Hall with everyone invited to come share time with the family.

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