Marguerite Archibald

Written by Theresa Rose on May 31, 2016

Marguerite Archibald, 93, of Keosauqua died at 11:25 P.M. Friday May 27, 2016 at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  She was born January 24, 1923 in rural Stockport to John L. and Justina Bohun Downard and married Walter Archibald July 6, 1948.  He died August 30, 1993.

Marguerite grew up in the Stockport and Keosauqua areas and graduated from Keosauqua High School in 1940.  She spent her adult life in Keosauqua, was a member of Keosauqua Congregational Church, Garden Club, Legion Auxiliary and Riverview Country Club all in Keosauqua and a 50 year member of Order of the Eastern Star, now in Douds. Marguerite was a homemaker while her children were young. Once they were in school she worked at Van Buren County Assessor’s Office from which she retired.  She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and traveling, from which she got the chance to see many countries.

Surviving are two sons, Richard Archibald (Sheila) of Kona, HI and Ron Archibald (Lisa) of Bluffton, SC, three daughters, Linda Goldstein (Jay) of Keosauqua, Ann Coriasco (Peter) of Smith Mountain Lake, VA and Janis Overbey (Ben) of Crown Point, IN, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a brother, Robert Downard of Ankeny and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by six brothers Kenneth, Orlen, Roy, John Beam, Verne and Dale Downard, three sisters, Francis Danneil, Ruth Vickerman and Bertie Lerche.

In accord with her wishes her body has been cremated.  A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M.  Sunday July 3, 2016 at Keosauqua Congregational Church with Rev. Herb Shafer officiating.  Burial will be in Miller Chapel Cemetery, Keosauqua.  Memorials to Keosauqua Congregational Church or charity of your choice may be left at the church or mailed to the family at P.O. Box 100, Keosauqua, IA 52565.  Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua is handling the arrangements