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Margaret Penfold

July 3, 1923 — December 9, 2015

Margaret Adellyn Penfold, the daughter of Edward LeRoy “Roy” and Lois Mary (Frederick) Maeder was born July 3, 1923 at her parent’s home in Lincoln Township, rural Adams County, Iowa. Margaret entered eternal rest on December 9, 2015 at Corning Specialty Care, Corning, Iowa, at the age of ninety-two years, five months, and six days.
Margaret attended rural school through the eighth grade, and graduated from Corning High School with the class of 1940. She received normal training in high school and upon passing the State test and being 18 years old, she began teaching in rural Lincoln Township schools after graduation. She attended the University of Iowa for one year and then returned to teach at Lincoln #1 School for six and one-half years, and then Lincoln #6 School for one year.
Margaret was united in marriage to Harley Lyle Penfold on April 8, 1947, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, Reno. Margaret and Harley began their married life farming in the “Dog Hollow” area before moving to rural Washington Township. They moved to Douglas Township in 1973 and would remain there until Margaret moved to Corning in 1994. This union was blessed with three children; Marjorie, Barbara, and Steven. Margaret worked at the Archer Flower Shop in Corning and she worked at the Job Service of Iowa for 19 years. She worked as a farmwife and homemaker who enjoyed sewing and quilting for her family. Margaret spent many hours tending her large flower garden at her Corning home to the delight of friends and neighbors who would stop by. She was especially fond of Hostas. Margaret spent many years participating in the local farmer’s market in Corning and was well known for her baking skills. She was known as the “Pie Lady” for her wonderful pies. Her pies and cinnamon rolls were always in great demand. Margaret participated as a vendor in many craft shows. She enjoyed her Corning community and volunteered for numerous community activities needing help. Mostly though, it was family, which was most important and central to Margaret’s life.
Margaret was a member of the Corning St. Patrick Catholic Church, the Alter Society, Rose Ann Auxiliary, and the Farmer’s Market. She also enjoyed her involvement with the the 4-H program, when her children were young.
Left to cherish Margaret’s memory is her daughter Barbara (Stanley) Roberts of Corning, IA; her son Steven (Jacque) Penfold of Loveland, CO; five grandchildren: Lisa (John) Henkenius of Bridgewater, IA; Nichol (Kerry) Smithers, Dallas, TX.; Aaron (Lorrie) Roberts, Adel, IA; Jeremy Penfold, Boulder, CO; Erik Penfold, Anchorage, AK; seven great-grandchildren: Jordan (Tyler) Evans, Indianola, IA; Wyatt Henkenius, Pella, IA; Taylor Henkenius, Bridgewater, IA; Benjamin and Abigail Smithers, Dallas, TX; Evan and Owen Roberts, Adel, IA; brother: Bernard (Margaret) Maeder, Lincoln Center, IA; sister: Eleanor (Darrell) Ogburn, Mt. Etna, IA: sister-in-law: Hazel Maeder, Corning, IA, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Preceding Margaret in death were her parents; husband Harley in 1990; daughter; Marjorie in 1953; brother: Edward Maeder; sister: Naomi Bench; brother’s-in-law Bill Bench Hollis Penfold; sister-in-law: Dorothy Penfold.

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