Mount Ayr Record-News, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 10, 2002
OBITUARY - MARGARET LUCILLE (VARNUM) BAGLEY LESTER LUKEHART DRAEGER
Margaret L. DRAEGER was born September 20, 1913 to Ray Harvey VARNUM and his wife Gretchen May (FOX) VARNUM in Timber
Creek township of Marshall county, Iowa. She was the first child of seven children.
She grew up on a farm in Marshall county. In August of 1947 she married Robert BAGLEY of Nevada, Iowa and divorced in
1955. On March 16, 1955 she married Harold LESTER; they divorced in 1959. On September 21, 1960 she was married to
Charles LUKEHART in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Charles died in March of 1966. Then on February 7, 1980 she married Melvin
L. DRAEGER, who preceded her in death in November of 1999. She entered into rest on December 29, 2001 at Mount Ayr,
Margaret was a woman who loved music and played the organ in her home. She was an avid reader and was a very capable
seamstress and needlework person. She loved her nieces and nephews and took several of them in when they needed someone
to be there for them when they were small. She loved to work along side her husband Melvin, as they created from scratch
the timber home while they lived in Ringgold county and enjoyed the birds, wild animals, her cats and living in the
Over the years she did some traveling with her husband and left many photos of places she had been during her lifetime.
In the later part of her life, she became ill and hated the thought that she could no longer take care of herself or
understand what was happening to and around her.
She leaves to mourn her passing one brother, Robert VARNUM of Marshalltown, Iowa; her brother-in-law, Roger BURNETT of
Marshalltown; three DRAEGER step-children; numerous nieces and nephews from different parts of the United States. She
regretted that she was unable to keep track of them through her lifetime.
Those who have gone before her are her parents; three brothers, Lyle, Russell and Raymond; and two sisters, Lillian and
Graveside services were held Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Marshalltown with Pastor Gerald
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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