Margaret E. Bilsland Ritchie, 93, of Irving Point, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Mercy Medical Center after a short illness. Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories, with burial in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was Feb. 16 at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.
Survivors include five sons, Clarence (Mary) Bilsland of Shellsburg, Terry (Doris) Bilsland, David (Rita) Bilsland, John (Laural) Bilsland, Richard (Billie) Bilsland; two daughters, Karen (Claude “Jim”) Hayes and Linda Goebel, all of Cedar Rapids; one stepson, Thomas (Florie) Ritchie; six stepdaughters, Penny Spencer, Melody (Jerry) Turner and Janie (Bill) Jordan, all of Cedar Rapids, Jeanie (Mike) Anderson of Marion, Robin (Frank) Poppenpohl of North Liberty and Jennifer (Chuck) Vinto of Olathe, Kan.; one sister, Betty (Bud) Harmon of Tucson, Ariz.; and a stepdaughter-in-law, Patricia Bilsland. She is also survived by 37 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren and 32 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters; a stepson, William Bilsland; and two great-grandchildren.
Margaret was born Feb. 17, 1916, in North Liberty, the daughter of Clarence and Clara (Green) Vaughn. She married Jack W. Ritchie on May 20, 1967, in Cedar Rapids. He died in 1994. Margaret worked at Kirkwood Community College as the manager of food service and retired from there after several years of service. She was a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church, Women of the Moose and the Red Hats Society. She enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino and time spent with her family.
Memorial donations may be given to Olivet Presbyterian Church or to the American Heart Association in Margaret’s name.
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