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Margaret Emaline Sager Faris
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1899
Wayne County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jan. 31, 1994
Wayne County
Iowa, USA


Margaret worked as a telephone operator before her marriage. She returned to this profession around 1942 when the family moved into Seymour. Margaret had very poor eyesight and before the end of her career she was almost blind (she had inoperable cataracts); however, she could still do her job at the switchboard as she knew where every phone number was by touch (Seymour is a very small town). She would count the rows up while running her finger along the edge of the patch cord holes and then she would count while running her finger horizontally over the patch cord holes.

Margaret definitely had a green thumb. Besides the flowers planted in the yard and garden, she would have violets blooming in her windows all year. She had a large garden. I remember how we would go out to the garden and pick what we wanted to eat for dinner out of it.

Autobiography of Margaret Sager Faris

(Graduated 1917)

From the book: Promise City High School Alumni Association 1899-1951

“After graduating I worked in a telephone office and also in a dry goods store here in Seymour before I was married to Everett I. Faris.

“We lived on a farm southwest of Seymour for 19 years, then east of town for 9 years, until my husband had to give up farming because of ill health. We now live in town.

“We have two children, Mrs. Tommy E. Brown of Davenport and Richard I. Faris of Newton.”

Margaret Faris Obituary:
Margaret Emaline Sager Faris was born June 4, 1899 in Wayne County, Iowa, the daughter of Marion and Anna Belle (Holstein) Sager. She departed this life on January 31, 1994 at the Corydon Care Center at the age of 94 years 7 months 27 days. She had been a resident of the care center for four months because she was unable to stay in her home. She had broken her hip in December and developed pneumonia in January.

She was united in marriage to Everett I. Faris on December 12, 1922 [actual date Dec 22] and to this union four children were born.

Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy Dean and husband, Tommy Brown; her son, Richard Ivan Faris, all of Seymour; five grandchildren, Dale Brown and wife, Vicki of Charleston, S.C.; Robert Brown and wife, Carla of Williamsburg; Sandra Jones and husband, Mike of Bloomfield; Ivalyn Faris of Des Moines and Jocelyn Faris of Glen Ellyn, Ill. Also eight great-grandchildren, Kelly and Jason Brown of Elmhurst, Ill.; Michelle, Nicole, Chase and Chance Jones of Bloomfield; and Ashley and Rebecca Brown of Williamsburg.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Everett; two sons in infancy; a great-grandson, Ryan Thomas Brown in infancy; one brother, Lester; and two half-brothers, Ira and Bart Sager.

She had been a member of the Seymour United Methodist Church for many years.

Margaret lived all her life around the Seymour and Promise City area. She and Everett farmed many years and moved into Seymour around 1950 [actual date: 1942]. She worked for the telephone company before her marriage, then worked for them again after she moved into Seymour until it went dial.

She loved working in her garden and canning and took great pride in her flowers.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 4, 1994 at 1:30 p.m. from the Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour with Rev. Susan LeBlanc officiating. The hymns "In the Garden" and "Amazing Grace" were sung by Milton Albertson, accompanied by Bernace Kerwin, pianist.

Pallbearers were Bob Brown, Mike Jones, Farris Wade, Wayne Couchman, Dean Sager, and Bob Schaffner. Interment was in the Southlawn Cemetery in Seymour.

A memorial was established to the Seymour Community Center.

Family links: 
  Marion Brown Sager (1856 - 1934)
  Anna Belle Holstein Sager (1864 - 1949)
  Everett Ivan Faris (1897 - 1969)
  Marion Brice Faris (1923 - 1924)*
  Dorothy Dean Faris Brown (1925 - 2013)*
  Dorcie Dwaine Faris (1925 - 1925)*
  Richard Ivan Faris (1928 - 2012)*
  Ira Edwin Sager (1883 - 1958)**
  Cyrintheus Ames Sager (1890 - ____)**
  Lester Lewis Sager (1896 - 1962)*
  Margaret Emaline Sager Faris (1899 - 1994)
*Calculated relationship
Southlawn Cemetery
Wayne County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: techwriter777
Originally Created by: Ed Elam
Record added: Aug 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96043961
Margaret Emaline <i>Sager</i> Faris
Added by: Ed Elam
Margaret Emaline <i>Sager</i> Faris
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