Margaret Mary (Baumhover) Hyland, 95, of Zearing, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at the Rolling Green Village in Nevada, Iowa, surrounded by family.
Margaret was the fourth of seven children born to Anthony and Josephine (Kanne) Baumhover on Sept. 3, 1924, on a farm outside of Carroll, Iowa. Her father died when she was 12 years old, and she was chosen to stay home a year from school to help her mother with the house and her younger siblings. While in middle school, she earned a trip to Des Moines as the Carroll County representative in the state spelling bee contest in Des Moines. She was a graduate of St. Angela Academy (an all-girls high school at the time) in Carroll and went on to work as secretary-treasurer of the local agricultural adjustment agency.
She married Mylo Hyland from Churdan, Iowa, on Jan. 27, 1947. Initially living and working in Carroll, Mylo and Margaret became farmers in Varina, Laurens, Dana and Fonda, Iowa, before moving to Zearing in 1963 when Mylo took a job with Farmbest in Colo, Iowa.
In 1974, Mylo and Margaret opened Hyland Shoe Repair in Ames, Iowa, where they worked side by side in the small shop. Margaret specialized on the patching machine, replaced zippers, repaired leather jackets and various other odd requests. After Mylo retired and sold the shop to a son-in-law, Margaret continued to work there until 2002.
Margaret was a superb seamstress and showed infinite patience while teaching her five daughters to sew and having them share one sewing machine. In addition to spending time with her family, Margaret enjoyed music, having played the piano and violin; reading; crossword puzzles; jigsaw puzzles; following college sports and rooting for her beloved Chicago Cubs. She was pleasantly surprised to witness the Cubs win a World Series in her lifetime. Margaret and Mylo enjoyed playing bridge with other couples, and Margaret continued playing with friends after Mylo’s death. They also enjoyed dancing and frequented various dance halls on many a Saturday night. In her later years, Margaret traveled and took up quilting, donating many quilts to local communities. She was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Zearing for over 55 years. She was kind, giving, selfless and always put her family before herself.
Margaret is survived by her children Steve Hyland, Walnut Creek, California; Sheila (Doug) Johnson, Webster City, Iowa; Nancy Reis, Des Moines, Iowa; Maureen (Gordon) Hyland-Carver, Ames, Iowa; Diane (Steven) Jones, Las Cruces, New Mexico; Tim Hyland, Warsaw, Poland; Lisa (Bruce) Smallwood, DeForest, Wisconsin; Dennis (Juli) Hyland, Elk River, Minnesota; and Chris (Lisa) Hyland, Walla Walla, Washington;12 grandchildren;12 great-grandchildren; sisters Ruth (Baumhover) Ormondroyd and Rita (Baumhover) Prenger; brother Richard Baumhover and sister-in-law Mary Baumhover; brother-in-law Elmer (Leola) Simons; many nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mylo; brothers Denis Baumhover and Alfred Baumhover; sister Leola (Elmer) Simons; sister-in-law Florence (Alfred) Baumhover; brother-in-law Louis (Rita) Prenger;and son-in-law Ted (Nancy) Reis.
A funeral Mass for Margaret will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Zearing with Father Rick Dagit officiating. Interment will take place immediately following the service at Lincoln Township Cemetery in Zearing. A celebration-of-life luncheon will be served at the Dakins Community Center on Main Street in Zearing following the interment.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in Margaret’s name to the Zearing Public Library or Suncrest Hospice in Ames.
Fredregill Funeral & Cremation Care of Zearing is in charge of arrangements.