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Alice Margery "Marge" Stell, 86, of Urbandale, Iowa, formerly of Iowa City, died Sept. 15, 2020, at Urbandale Health Care Center.
Marge was born May 4, 1934, in Newton, Iowa, to Maurice and Carolyn (Smith) Crabbe. She graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1952, from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Art degree in 1958, and from Iowa State University with a master's degree in education in 1993. She married John Ransley Stell on Nov. 29, 1958, in Syracuse, N.Y.; they divorced in 1975. Marge moved numerous times as an Air Force wife before settling in Iowa City with her children in 1975. She loved her career as an art teacher in the Cedar Rapids school system, retiring from Metro High School in 1999. She was a passionate supporter of the arts, politics, the Hawkeyes, and the family cabin in Minnesota.
Survivors include her four children, Cynthia Hemingway of Slater, Iowa, Katherine (Daniel) Pierson of Lombard, Ill., Suzanne (William) Dinger of Lancaster, Pa., and Michael (Jane) Stell of Waukee, Iowa; and four grandchildren, Evan and Jacob Dinger and Schuyler and Sam Stell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her aunt, Alice Margery Cooper; and her brother, James M. Crabbe.
Cremation arrangements by Des Moines Cremation. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a future date.
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