Margaret Ann Edens


Margaret Ann Edens, 62, a resident of Davenport, passed away Sunday, May 30, 2010, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House after a four-year courageous battle with cancer. 

Margaret had come to the Hospice House that morning and passed away surrounded by her loving family.  Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial were Friday, June 4, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1749 Racine Ave. NE, Solon, Iowa.  Burial will take place in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Solon.  

Memorials made be made to the American Cancer Society.

Margaret Ann Kessler was born on June 17, 1947 in Iowa City, a daughter of Michael A. and Veronica C. (Kelly) Kessler, who farmed near Solon. She graduated from Solon High School and received a B.A. in elementary education in June of 1969 from Marycrest College in Davenport where she later received a master’s degree in education.


Margaret taught for 37 years for the Davenport Community School District. She retired in June 2006.  She taught at Roosevelt, Adams and Jackson Elementary Schools. She spent many hours doing post-graduate work in order to improve her teaching effectiveness. The hundreds of second graders who were in her class will remember her as a compassionate and outstanding teacher. 

Margaret married Larry Edens on July 7, 1984 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Davenport, where she was a member. She loved her many friends and their support through her illness made her very happy. Margaret was an outstanding wife and mother who enjoyed traveling with her family. She enjoyed reading books and square dancing.  She was active in the Cubs Scouts and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

She is survived by her loving husband, Larry; sons, Danny and David at home; a brother, John Kessler, Davenport; a sister, Mary Mueller, Baltimore, Md.; nephews, Greg (Denisse) Mueller, Baltimore, and Michael (Kelly) Mueller, Oakland, Calif.; grandnieces, Anna and Sophie Mueller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother and father-in-law, Lillian and Christ Edens, and a brother-in-law, Loyle Mueller. May they rest in peace.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Margaret’s obituary at

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