March 25, 2010

(1/21/1930 - 3/15/2010)

Margaret Lou Grant, 80, of Memphis, Missouri, passed away March 15, 2010 at Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

She was born January 21, 1930, at Keokuk, Iowa, to Clarence I. and Pearl E. Archer McEldowney.

She graduated from Pulaski High School in Pulaski, Iowa, with the class of 1948. She also attended Kirksville Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri.

She married Keith E. Grant on June 19, 1949 and to this union three children, Joe, Sue Ann and Roger were born. Keith preceded her in death on November 22, 2000.

She spent most of her married life assisting her husband in their cattle farming operation south of Pulaski. She also was a substitute teacher in the Davis County school system for forty years and served as a 4-H leader. Following their retirement in 1997, Keith and Margaret moved to Memphis, Missouri.

Margaret was a member of the Pulaski Methodist Church and regularly attended the Memphis Methodist Church. She was a past member of the Order of Eastern Star and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary of Memphis. She also belonged to several card clubs, the Red Hat Club, was a social member of the Memphis Country Club and participated in a special exercise group. Margaret had many friends and loved them all.

She is survived by her three children: Joe Grant and his wife, Julie, of Eldridge, Iowa and their daughter, Gwen Giampolo and her husband, Jeff, and their daughters, Sophia and Madeline of Frankfort, Illinois; Sue Ann Edgar and her husband, Ted, of Newburgh, Indiana and their children, Lisa Kelsey and her husband, Mike of Aurora, Illinois and Christopher Edgar of Newburgh, Indiana; and Roger Grant and his wife, Arlys, of Memphis, Missouri. Other survivors include a sister, Deloris Garmon of Bloomfield, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Mildred Spilman, of Bloomfield, Iowa and their children and families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a sister in infancy.

Funeral services were held at 1 P.M. at the Memphis Funeral Home on Thursday, March 18, 2010 with Pastor Terry Lippstreu officiating. Music was provided by Joan Hinds, organist and Pastor Lippstreu, vocalist. Burial followed in the Pulaski Cemetery, Pulaski, Iowa. Casket bearers were Mike Garmon, Mike Childs, Ted Edgar and Chris Edgar.

Memorials may be made for the Scotland County Ambulance or the Davis County Fair Board and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri. Online condolences may be conveyed to Margaretís family via

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