February 26, 2014


Margaret Helen Davis Collison of Urbandale died February 19, 2014.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1 at St. Boniface Church, 1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee, where Margaret was a member.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at St. Boniface Church.

After private interment at St. Mary's Cemetery in Oskaloosa the family will meet friends at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Parish Hall, 301 High Ave E, in Oskaloosa.

Online condolences may be left for Margarets family at www.ilesfuneralhomes.com.

Margaret was born March 14, 1921, in Farmington, Mo. to Floyd W. Davis and Willie Hooe Davis (Ballard). Margaret received her AA from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. Her BS in nursing was from St. Louis University. There she met and married Robert Collison, M.D. After WW II they settled in Oskaloosa, Iowa. There they raised 11 children and served their community with a busy general medical and surgical practice. Margaret was a champion of progressive principles in education (including six years on the State Board of Regents), civics (League of Women Voters, Democratic Party), women and family issues and human rights. Margaret was devoted to her faith and St. Mary's Parish. Throughout her life, in all settings, Margaret was admired for her strength, humor, creativity, elegance, courage and determination.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by: Mike (Shirley), Strafford, Mo; Mary (Molly) Shonsey (Edward), Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Kathryn (Katie), San Diego, Calif.; Margaret Walker (Jeff), Magnolia, Texas; Dr. William Wade (Lori), Prescott, Ariz.; Dr. Richard (Alessandra Scamardo), Prescott, Ariz.; John (Laurie), Trempealeau, Wis.; Jane (Bob McCracken) Urbandale, Iowa; Dan (Joan), Hanover, N.H.; Jim (Annaluna Karkar), River Hills, Wis.; Charles Alden, Carlsbad, Calif.; Lois Wrenn, Macon, Ga.; 24 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, her parents, her brother Richard and sister, Mary Shaw, sister-in-laws: Ruth Mayr and Irene Farley; brother-in-laws: Vincent Collison, Milford Collison and Marvin Collison.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be made to St. Boniface Church, The El Salvador Project / in memory of Margaret Collison.