Margaret Nolan


Funeral services and Memorial Mass for Margaret M. Nolan, 79, a resident of Port Byron, Illinois will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 417 Main St., downtown Davenport. 

Memorial visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport.  Private burial will take place at Mt. Calvary cemetery at a later date.  In keeping with Margaret’s wishes cremation rites were accorded. 

Margaret died Monday, March 21, 2011 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House after a lengthy illness.

Margaret Anne Murray was born November 26, 1931 in Kankakee, Illinois a daughter of William J. and Laura (Barry) Murray.  She was raised in Davenport and was a 1950 graduate of the Villa de Chantel, Rock Island.  She attended Baret College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Margaret A. Murray was united in marriage to John M. Nolan on May 17, 1958 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport, Iowa


Margaret began work after college as a reporter for the Quad City Times and ended her employment at the Times as editor of the Women’s page.  At this time she chose to dedicate her time to the raising of her six children.  When the children were raised she returned to work as a career counselor at Scott Community College. One of her great passions was cooking for her family and friends.  She loved spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.  It brought her great joy when they all came home.  Margaret was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.   She formerly had been a member of Junior Board of the VNA, Junior Board of the Q-C Symphony, Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club and The Outing Club.

Survivors include her loving husband of  53 years, John and their six children and spouses; Amy Gombas, Mercersburg, PA, Peter (Debbie) Nolan, Carver, MN, Jane (Manny) Abascal, Altadena, CA, Betsy Nolan (David Leiva), Davenport, Tom Nolan, Davenport and Carrie (John) Geoghegan, Chicago, IL; 14 grandchildren, Alyson Gombas, Jonathan Gombas, Stefan Gombas, Eleanor Nolan, Will Nolan, Elizabeth Nolan, Emily Nolan, Benjamin Nolan, Mateo Abascal, Liam Leiva-Nolan, Sadie Leiva-Nolan, Maggie Geoghegan, Cara Geoghegan and Jack Geoghegan; 1 great-grandchild, Penelope Gombas.  Also surviving are brothers and sisters in-law, Roger (Susie) Nolan, David Nolan, Mary (Jerry) Otten, Tom (Peggy) Nolan, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House and St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting’s Mrs. Nolan’s obituary at

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