|Margaret R. Vasey|
|October 12, 1910 -
December 23, 2005|
|Iowa City, Iowa
Margaret R. Vasey, age
95, formerly of Iowa City, died Friday, December 23, 2005, at
the Crestview Care Center in West Branch.
gathering will take place at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 7,
2006, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, 2720
Muscatine Avenue, in Iowa City.
Margaret Vasey was
born Margaret Ruth France October 12, 1910, in Oskaloosa,
Iowa, the daughter of Charles Washington France and Janette
(Smith) France. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School,
attended William Penn College in Oskaloosa, received her B.A.
degree from Denver University and an M.A. in education from
Margaretís first teaching job was
at a small consolidated high school in Paton, Iowa, where she
was immediately handed responsibility for social studies,
typing, PE, directing plays and coaching girlís basketball.
She married Wayne Vasey in 1933, in Oskaloosa. They
lived in Iowa City from 1948 until 1954 where Wayne served as
the first Director of the School of Social Work. The
well-traveled couple lived in six states and visited every
continent except Antarctica. Among their adventures was an
escape, unharmed, from a New Guinea tribe that was going to
war wearing mud and carrying spears. This occurred during a
visit to their son, Dan, who was working in Papua, New Guinea,
at the time.
Margaret is survived by her daughter Mary
Vasey and husband, Nicholas Johnson, Iowa City; son Daniel
Vasey and wife, Greer Vasey, Dubuque; grandchildren Joel
Grubbe, San Jose, CA, Jason Grubbe, Iowa City, Karl Grubbe,
Bisbee, AZ; Gregory Vasey, Natasha Vasey Ellis and husband
Tim, Melbourne, Australia; great-grandson Alec Grubbe of Iowa
City; brothers James France, Cedar Rapids; Warren France and
wife, Gladys, Oskaloosa; Richard France and wife, Ann,
Simpsonville, SC, and sister Mildred Schuerman, Sun City, AZ Ė
all of whom Margaret remained capable of beating at Scrabble
until the last, having retired as the familyís championship
golfer some ten years earlier.
Margaret was preceded
in death by her parents, husband Wayne, son Stephen,
granddaughter Robin Grubbe, and two brothers, Keith and Howard
Memorial donations may be sent to the Iowa
City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.
Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is
handling Margaretís arrangements
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