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Margaret A Abbott

July 6, 1920 June 1, 2019
Margaret A Abbott
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Margaret Alice Schwanz Abbott, 98, of Heartwood House Alzheimer’s Care Unit at Northcrest Retirement Community in Ames, and originally from Lorimor, Iowa, died June 1 at Heartwood House.
Margaret was born July 6, 1920. She graduated from Lorimor High School in Union County, Iowa, and attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, from 1937 to 1939. She enrolled at Iowa State College (now university) in the summer of 1941. She was elected president of her Elm Hall dormitory in spring 1942 for the following school year. She married fellow student Lyle Charles Abbott in August 1942. Following his military service during the war, they returned to Ames 1945-47. During the summer of 1946, she completed work on her Bachelor’s degree in dietetics at ISC.
The family moved to Osceola (1948-1952), where she raised a daughter Linda and two sons, Eric and David. In 1952, the family moved to Milwaukee, Wis. In 1959, they moved to the St. Louis area where they spent the next 36 years. In 1965, she began work for Monsanto Corporation in their artificial flavors and fragrances laboratory, and later became a medical librarian. She was responsible for tracking medical research concerning a new herbicide product later called Roundup, which is now widely used. She retired in 1979.
She and Lyle spent many winters in Tucson after retirement. In 1995, they moved to Lenior Retirement Community in Columbia, Mo., where she was a member of the United Church of Christ. In February 2018 she was moved to Heartwood House at Northcrest Retirement Community to be closer to family.
She is survived by her daughter Linda (James) of Churchville, NY; a son Eric (Tatyana) of Ames, Iowa; and a son David (Liz) of Boulder, Colo.; eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lyle, brother H. Lee Schwanz (Kathleen) of Madison, Wis.; and her sister Margaret Rae who died as an infant.


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