Margaret Alberta (Keefer) Goodnow, 90

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Margaret Alberta (Keefer) Goodnow, 90, died on Oct. 3, 2017, at Crestview Specialty Care in West Branch.

Margaret was born on May 22, 1927, a daughter of the late Oliver and Mildred (Hartsock) Keefer. She graduated from City High School in Iowa City in 1947 and attended the University of Iowa before meeting her late husband, Ralph in 1949. They married in January of 1950 and lived in numerous towns while Ralph attended school and taught school. They eventually settled in West Branch in 1968. She also lived for many years in Minnesota with her daughter Laura before returning to Iowa in 2012. Margaret (Mrs. G) provided daycare in West Branch for many years. She loved children and she found much joy in caring for her little ones. She later was a House Director for Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Iowa for several years and had many stories to share.

Margaret loved to cook, bake, knit and do many crafts. She enjoyed playing 500, bingo, going to the casinos and working on her puzzles. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and will always be remembered for her wit and for her sense of humor.

She leaves loving memories to be cherished by: her four children, Steve Goodnow (Barb) of Midland, MI, Barbara Goodnow of Burlington, NC, Janelle Johnston of North Liberty and Laura Stevens of Cedar Rapids; her eight grandchildren, John (Anna) Goodnow, Jerrica (David) Miles, Jared Bowman (Amy), Jacquelyn Bowman, Adam Johnston, Mike (Michelle) Johnston, Joe (Katie) Stevens and Stephanie (Justin) Stafford; her eleven great-grandchildren, Dedric, DeSean, Dontae, Dhominique, Deivon, Jaylan, Una, Chase, Parker, Kelsey and Kenneth; and her two great-great grandchildren, Josiah and Khamila. She is also survived by her sister Norma Vickeroy of Morning Sun, Iowa. She was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband Ralph in 1980; siblings, Joyous Ramsey, Lyle Keefer, Burton Keefer, Betty Jones, Bobby Keefer and Robert Keefer.

Graveside services was held at West Branch Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. A memorial fund has been established.
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