Mary Margaret Grant, age 101, of Iola, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Windsor Place, Iola. Margaret was born Oct. 10, 1917, in Altamont, to William Wiley Gallop and Margaret Noland Gallop.
Margaret met and married Paul W. Grant on June 18, 1937, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Margaret graduated as salutatorian of her high school class in Nowata, Okla. She continued her education, receiving a teaching certificate from Wichita University in 1936, a bachelor of science degree in education from Emporia State Teachers College in 1964, and a master of science degree from Emporia State Teachers College in 1971.
Margaret began her teaching career in Medicine Lodge, in 1936. Margaret taught in Savonburg, for a few years, then at Zillah School for several more years, and retired from her 23-year teaching career in 1982 from Humboldt Elementary School in Humboldt.
Margaret was a member of First Christian Church, Iola, since 1945. Margaret was also a member of the Current Events Club in Iola.
Margaret enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading, and working with her church. She did countless hours of volunteer work, including being a volunteer at Allen County Community College as a tutor in the GED program and for those with reading disabilities, 10 years as a 4-H leader, a leader in the Home Demonstration Unit, a volunteer at the Bowlus Fine Arts and Cultural Center for the Buster Keaton festivals, a docent at the Allen County Historical Museum and Funston Home, and countless volunteer hours visiting those in area nursing homes, the hospital, and those confined to their homes. Margaret was awarded Allen County Community Colleges Certificate of Appreciation for meritorious service to the college and community for Adult Basic Education. The Board of Education of USD 257 recognized her for outstanding service, dedication, and contribution to USD 257 in Iola. She was also the recipient of numerous other awards and certificates of appreciation.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; infant daughter, Mary Alice Grant; her parents; and all of her siblings, William Gallop, James Gallop, Harley Gallop, and MaeBelle Neil.
Margaret is survived by three sons, Gerald Grant and wife, Carol, Bel Aire, Wiley Grant and wife, Connie, Eaton, Ind., Kenneth Grant and wife, Nina, Le Roy; 11 grandchildren, Jill House, Julie Lane, Alan Grant, Amy Settele, William Wiley Grant, Emily Grant, Jeffery Grant, Gina Thomas, Linda Jean Grant, Robert Grant, Joanne Kempthorne; numerous great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild due in February 2019.
A visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at The Venue at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, Iola. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at First Christian Church, 1608 Oregon Rd., Iola. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Iola.
Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church Missionary Fund, and may be left with Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, Iola.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.