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Margaret Short Osceola

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 12:01 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 4:04 p.m. CST

Margaret Short, 81, of Osceola died Jan. 2, 2014, at her home near Osceola.

Cremation arrangements were handled by Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., and no services are scheduled at this time. Memorials may be given to Iowa Public Broadcasting Service. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.

Margaret Luella Short, daughter of Inez Mary (Piercy) and Hubert Miles Argo, was born March 30, 1932, in Decatur County.

On March 26, 1949, Margaret married Roy Donald “Don” Short in Corydon.

Margaret received her nurses training at Methodist School of Nursing. She worked for Dr. Stroy and Dr. Bristow for many years and also worked at Clarke Medical Clinic for a number of years.

She was a lifetime resident of the Clarke County area.

Margaret is survived by her son Randy (Jeanie) Short of Osceola, daughter Rene (Dale) Houck of Ottumwa; grandchildren, Troy (Lois) Short and Travis (Stacey) Short, all of Osceola, Chris (Kristi) Houck of Springfield, Mo., Nick (Jessica) Houck of Denver, Colo., Jon (Brandi) Houck of Springfield, Mo., and Jennifer (Brandon) Holstrom of Ottumwa; great-grandchildren, Lacey, Cody and Lexi Short, Bethany, Nick and Becky Tracy, Drew and Aliyah Houck, Lacey Dysinger, Alex Gardner, Margaret “Maggie,” Michael “Finn,” Sage, Ethan and Madelyn “Maddy” Houck and Grayson Holstrom; great-great-grandchild Bryley Short; as well as other relatives and many friends.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, husband and infant son Terry Donald.

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