OBITUARY - MARGARET LOUISE PENCE
Margaret Louise PENCE, gifted musician and child of God, was indeed a gift to mankind. Margaret was the eleventh child of
James M. and Mary E. (HOSTETTER) HUDSON. She was born November 14, 1924 in Ringgold county, Iowa. For forty-nine years,
Margaret was an active resident of the Mount Ayr community and in the later years, retired in the Des Moines, Iowa area.
Margaret attended Mount Ayr school and graduated with the class of 1942.
Margaret shared her life with her two sons, Robert Louis and Richard James PENCE. She was a devoted mother to her two boys
and daughters-in-law, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Sharing her deep faith, her keen sense of humor and
her gift of music will create lasting memories.
In their senior years, Margaret lived with and provided much care for her father and mother. The HUDSON family shared
musical talents and fond memories often. For many years they held the family attendance award at the Mount Ayr Alumni
Banquet where Margaret always led the school song.
No one has shared more music with others in Ringgold county than Margaret PENCE. She was Methodist Church organist,
musician for the Order of Eastern Star for many years and accompanist for the Mount Ayr Choral Club and the Ringgold
Singers and accompanied solos, small groups and choirs for most of her life.
Margaret was a member of the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church and later the Trinity United Methodist Church in Des
Moines. She was also a member of the Mount Ayr American Legion Auxiliary, B.P.W. and the Royal Neighbors.
Her professional life included mastered secretarial skills for the Selective Service in Ringgold county, DALBEY Lumber
Company and Emmet WARIN and Bill WARIN Law Firms, Acme Piano and A.A.R.P. in Des Moines. She also played professionally
for many dances in southern and central Iowa.
Margaret is survived by her two sons, Robert and wife Joan of Sumner, Iowa and Richard of Des Moines; two brothers Robert
and wife Ruth and Donald HUDSON of Waterloo; two sisters Clarice BRACEWELL of Glen Ellen, Illinois and Ermal PHILLIPS of
Corning, Iowa; her grandchildren are Arlene and Todd SADDLER and children, Darien, Ashton, Tiffany and Chelsea; Elizabeth
and Dan Greenle and children Samantha, Shawn and Tyler; Rob and Amy Pence and children Carissa and Robert, Jr.; Amity
PENCE; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Services were held at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr Sunday, June 18, 2000. Edward SHIELDS officiated
and Jane THOMAS and Judy CUNNING provided the music. Casket bearers were Robert PENCE, Rob PENCE, Edward SHIELDS, Richard
PENCE, Joe PHILLIPS and Mark HICKMAN.
Margaret was laid to rest at Knowlton [Centenary] Cemetery in Diagonal, Iowa.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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