MOUNT PLEASANT - Margaret Mae Anderson Neil, 87, of Mount Pleasant died Friday, October 22, 2021, at Arbor Court in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Margaret was born May 19, 1934, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the daughter of W. Hervey and Beatrice (Leonard) Anderson. She graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1952. On September 20, 1953, Margaret was united in marriage to John W. Neil of Mount Union at the Lutheran Church in Ottumwa. They made their home in the Mount Pleasant community, where Margaret made customized window dressings for J.C. Penney while working at the Mount Pleasant Savings and Loan; she worked for Peterson's Implement, and was a manager at the Henry County Credit Union for 27 years. Margaret was a member of the First Baptist Church for 29 years where she taught Sunday School and conducted women's circle for many years. Margaret was currently a member of the Calvary Baptist Church since 1993. She served as secretary of the district Republican Women of Henry County for many years, and was a former Girl Scout Troop Leader. She enjoyed quilted blankets for John, children and grandchildren and sewing many clothes including matching clothes for all the grandchildren. For many years, Margaret enjoyed team bowling and was a member of the Iris Bowling Hall of Fame and had years of fun playing community slow-pitch softball and volleyball. She enjoyed activities with her grandchildren and family events.
Margaret is survived by her husband, John; a son, David (Jane) Neil of New London, Iowa; a daughter, Patricia (Ron) Greer of Olive Branch, Mississippi; six grandchildren: Lindsey Williams, Melanie (Lee) Forrester, John M (Rachel) Neil, Michael J (Lisa) Neil, Cara (Jake) Renfrow, and Kathrine Neil; 20 great grandchildren. Two sisters, Gladys Roquet and Mabel Sammons of Ottumwa, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister Irene Ryan.
Funeral Service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Wednesday. A memorial fund has been established for Hospice Compassus.