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Margaret Stanford 1944-2009

Dec 24, 2009

Funeral service for Margaret A. Stanford was Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Lost Island Lutheran Church, Ruthven. Rev. Luther Thoresen officiated.

Inurnment was in Lost Island Lutheran Cemetery in Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home of Ruthven was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Stanford died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. She was 65.

Margaret Ann Jensen was born October 28, 1944 in Emmetsburg, the daughter of Edmund and Sylvia (Hermanson) Jensen. She attended school in Ruthven, graduating from Ruthven High School in 1963 and graduating from Northern State College in 1977.

Margaret was married to Duane Christiansen in September 1964. Duane died in 1966 and on October 2, 1967 Margaret was married to Richard Stanford in Madison, SD.

Margaret was employed with the Northwest Iowa Housing Authority as director from 1991 to 2006. She was a member of the Lost Island Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her children: Patricia Huber (Michael) of Redding, CA and Rodney (Suzanne) of Belews Creek, NC; four grandchildren, a brother, Peter (Darlene) of Buchanan, TN and a sister, Dawn Oppedal (Alan) of Ruthven.

Mrs. Stanford was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands, Duane Christiansen and Richard Stanford.

Condolences can be left at: www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com