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Margaret Ponce
by The Index · June 13, 2013


Margaret M. Ponce, 93, of West Liberty, died Sunday, June 9, 2013. 

Born March 13, 1920, in Davenport, she moved to West Liberty in 1939 after her marriage to the late John Ponce, her husband of 53 years. 

In addition to attending to her family and caring for her in-laws, she worked at the Louis Rich turkey processing plant in West Liberty for over thirty years.  She was a beloved parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, a member of the local garden club and ladies’ Auxiliary and enjoyed going to the local meal site once a week. She utilized senior resources at times and participated in programing at the Iowa Commission for the Blind.

Her family was her greatest love, but she held a special place in her heart for her love of flowers. She had a stunning garden of irises, peonies, tulips, daffodils and daisies. She loved cooking and was especially fond of baking, even though she was blind.

Those left to honor her memory include: four children Mary Louise (and the late Larry) James of Kansas City, Mo., Barbara (Douglas) Calvin of Davenport, Charles Ponce of West Liberty, and Marcella (Robert) Dewar of Atalissa; six grandchildren, Cara (Cliff) McFerren of West Liberty, Eric James of Phoenix, Ariz., Todd James of Dallas, Texas, Michael Calvin of Anchorage Ark., Ryan (Hollie) Ponce of Omaha, Neb., and Amy (Robert) Bruce of Omaha, Neb.; six great-grandchildren Hunter, Isabelle, Sophia, Maelee and Annaliese of Omaha and William John of West Liberty. Her mother, father,  grandmother, husband John and brother preceded Margaret in death.

Visitation will be at Henderson Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 4- 7 p.m. followed by a rosary reciting.  The funeral service will be Thursday, June 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty at 10:30 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Mount Calvary Cemetery. 

Memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice 1025 Wade St., Iowa City, IA 52240 or St. Joseph Catholic Church, 107 W. 6th St., West Liberty, IA 52776. 

Online condolences may be made to the family at hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.  

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