Margaret Beardsley

Margaret Ann Beardsley, 97, died March 17, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

A funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m., Friday May 3, at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.

Margaret was born to Charles Howard Beardsley Sr. and Mary Florence (Collins) on July 24, 1921, in Algona.

Her higher education took her to seven different colleges and universities. Her education was briefly interrupted by a four-year stint in the engineering department of Consolidated Vultee Aircraft in San Diego, Calif., during WWII. Her determination drove her to return to the University of Iowa where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. A chance encounter took her to Maryland where she spent 30 years teaching and supervising at Prince George’s County Public Schools where she developed many lasting friendships.

Her most important role was as Aunt Margaret Ann, "MarNan" or "Gigi." She is survived by 12 nieces and nephews and many great- and great-great nieces and nephews. She hosted many nieces on trips to the Maryland/DC area while she lived there. She always made each niece or nephew feel special. She made a point of remembering each of them even as she aged. One of her most important contributions was to help with Camp Luv-a-Lot, a special week of fun with the Austin/Houston greats.

Her legacy was her ability to make everyone, family and friends, feel special.

Three brothers, Walter Collins, Charles Howard Jr., and Thomas Edward, preceded Margaret in death.

Memorials May Be Made to the Austin Woman’s Club. Go to and click on Make a Donation.

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