Margaret Thing, 84, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at the Gardens of Cedar Rapids from complications of COVID-19. Private family services will be held Saturday, Dec. 26, at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, with interment in the Hopkinton Cemetery. The services will be livestreamed on the Goettsch Funeral Home's Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Springville Fire and Rescue, Springville United Methodist Church or Covid Relief.
Survivors include a son Jeff, Hiawatha; a daughter, Julie (Gary) Kline, Williamsburg; four grandchildren, Jessica (Luke) Conrad, Andrew Thing, Phillip (Lisa) Kline and Michael Kline; and her brother, Paul (Joyce) Havens, Hopkinton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Curtis; her granddaughter, Nicole Thing; and special friend, Jim Newman.
Margaret J. Havens was born Sept. 20, 1936, in Hopkinton, Iowa. She was the daughter of Roy and Viola Green Havens. She graduated from Hopkinton schools.
Margaret Havens and Curtis Thing were married on Oct. 4, 1959, at Hopkinton Methodist Church. The couple made their home in Cedar Rapids, where Margaret worked for Souvenir Pen Co. The couple moved to Springville in 1963 and Margaret worked at the Dairy Treat in Springville. She started working as a dietician at Willow Gardens and later at St. Luke's Hospital. She retired in 1988.
Curtis preceded her in death on April 25, 1998. Margaret moved to the Villages in Marion and then to the Gardens in 2017.
Margaret was active in the Springville community and the Springville Methodist Church. She sang in the choir and played in the bell choir and was a member of the UMW. She helped Curtis with Lions Club projects, served on the Spring House board and delivered Meals on Wheels.