Margaret Janet Webb
November 19, 1918 - June 28, 2006
Birthplace: Cumberland, Iowa
Resided In: West Des Moines, IA formerly Red Oak, IA

Visitation 6/30/2006
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 7/1/2006
Red Oak Presbyterian Church
Burial 7/1/2006
Evergreen Cemetery

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Margaret Janet Webb, age 87, died suddenly on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

Although she was seriously affected by Alzheimer’s, her physical health had been remarkably good, and she never lost her keen sense of humor.

Margaret Janet Woods Webb was born November 19, 1918 in Cumberland, Iowa the daughter of Fred Cline and Mary Ellen Woods. Her siblings included Marjorie Lois Waddell, Bill M. Woods, and Francis Woods, all of whom are deceased. Her family moved to the Wales community when Margaret was a young girl. She graduated from Wales High School in 1935. She was an active 4-H member, winning the title of “health girl” and having the opportunity to represent the county at the Iowa State Fair.

She was united in marriage to Paul Clark Webb on April 15, 1936 in Rockport, Missouri. They moved to Red Oak where Margaret lived until three years ago, when she moved to West Des Moines to live with her granddaughter, Jennifer, who had been caring for her. Paul preceded her in death on July 4, 1978.

Margaret led a very active, productive life. Her outgoing, caring, compassionate personality was evident in her many years as a volunteer in the Red Oak Presbyterian Church and at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Her family, her church, and her many friends were top priorities.

She held almost every office in the church, except minister, and she probably would have attempted that role if she had been asked! She was a long-time employee at Cole’s Jewelry store in Red Oak. Margaret was quite a “card shark” and for many years was in a Bridge club and a Canasta club. She loved music and playing her piano. With only a few lessons she could often be heard playing favorite hymns or a boogie-woogie.

Margaret liked to travel and always planned a yearly family vacation, even if it was only hours away from home. One of her most memorable was a trip to Okoboji, with Paul, Jane, and Kent. The Webb’s were only feet from shore with Paul standing up in the boat and the realization that no one could swim! She attempted to introduce her family to camping. Again, the same cast members headed for Minden, Nebraska. With a borrowed tent and no knowledge of the outdoors, it was our first and last camping trip, with Margaret and Jane sleeping in the car.

Margaret’s family of whom she loved spending time with includes her daughter: Jane Stillinger of Ankeny, Iowa; son: Kent Webb and wife Jean of Red Oak, Iowa; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren: Katie Naughton and husband Luke and their son, Henry of Denver, Colorado; Lisa Jones and Eric Jones both of Denver, Colorado; Klaire Stillinger of Des Moines, Iowa; Jennifer Ruble and husband Bob and their son, Billy of West Des Moines, Iowa; Jason Webb and wife Colleen and their daughter Caitlin of Des Moines, Iowa; Jaimi Webb of Des Moines, Iowa; Melissa Webb of Omaha, Nebraska; and Michael Webb of Gainesville, Florida and many other relatives and friends.

Margaret lived life to the fullest and touched many lives along the way. She will be greatly missed but we know she will be greeted by many of her friends and if we listen carefully, sometime we might even hear a little boogie-woogie.

Funeral services will be held 10 AM Saturday, July 1, 2006 at the Red Oak Presbyterian Church with Rev. Michael Harvey officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-7 PM Friday, June 30, 2006 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Red Oak Presbyterian Church or the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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