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MARGARET 'MAGGIE' EDNA JAMES
Monticello

Margaret "Maggie" Edna James, 81, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon from complications of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. A private service with the immediate family will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, Iowa. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.
Margaret was born June 15, 1939, in Springville, Iowa, the daughter of Bernell and Clara (Andreesen) Schwirtz. Margaret graduated from Martelle High School in 1957. She married her high school sweetheart, Lyle E. James, on Aug. 9, 1959, in Anamosa. They were married for 48 years when Lyle passed away in 2007. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Mount Mercy and Marycrest College. Margaret taught special education in Anamosa and Davenport for 17 years. She was an instructional consultant for the Keystone Area Education Agency for over 16 years, serving programs in many school districts in Northeast Iowa. She retired in 1999 after completing over 33 years in the field of education. For the last part of her educational career, she provided consultation and services to many. Her expertise and positive attitude always provided encouragement to the teachers and students whose lives she touched. Maggie always had a great sense of humor and truly enjoyed working with school personnel, parents and students.
Margaret enjoyed many happy years after she and Lyle retired, traveling to Colorado was their favorite vacation. They were always up for a Hawkeye tailgater and enjoyed following the Hawks to bowl games. She loved to shop, talk on the phone, eat out or have everyone over for a meal at home. Holidays were very special to Margaret, and everyone will remember the creative gifts and fun games she came up with for the crew every Christmas. She never stopped being an educator. Weekend trips to Galena with the whole family provided some great times and wonderful memories over the years. Her biggest joy in life was her three sons and their families. As the boys were growing up, she was a constant source of strength and stability for the family. She was a great mom. Her six grandchildren were always a source of pride, and over the years, she enjoyed being a "teacher" for their projects, reading to them, and attending their activities. She loved being with her family.
Margaret is survived by her sons and their families, Brian (Jody) of Anamosa and their children, Cameron, Dylan and Mariah; Chris (Lisa) of Iowa City and their children, Alec and Shannon; and Nick (Rebecca) of Lodi, Wis., and son, Bryce; her sister, Ann Aitchison of Monticello; sister-in-law, Marilynn Etzel of Des Moines; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; her parents; in-laws, Elmer and Doris James; and brothers-in-law, Bill Aitchison and Dave Etzel.
The family is grateful to the staff of the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon for their kindness and expert care provided to Margaret since October 2019, and to Compassus Hospice for their care during the past few months.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com. Cards and memorials may be mailed to the James family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 791, Monticello, IA 52310-0791.
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