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The Times
  • Margaret Ellen Cheney McLaughlin

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  • MARION, IOWA — Margaret Ellen Cheney McLaughlin, 78, died Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Hiawatha Care Center.
    Funeral Mass was held Saturday, December 28, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, Iowa. Visitation took place at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Marion. Burial, Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    Survivors include her husband, Richard; three daughters, Cathy (Jim) McCreary, of O’Fallon, Illinois, Carol (John) Lawlis, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and Mary (Kevin) Kahl, of Granger, Indiana; two sons, Mike (Stephanie), of Solon, Iowa, and John (Diana), of Marion, Iowa; 17 grandchildren, Sarah, Joseph, Jacob and Grace McCreary, of O’Fallon, Illinois, Kirby, Jack, Shea, Delaney, Molly, Mason, Thomas and Tess Lawlis, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Sofia McLaughlin, of Marion, Iowa, Benjamin and Gabriel Kahl, of Granger, Indiana, and Noah and Ethan McLaughlin, of Solon, Iowa; and a brother, Harold Cheney, Jr., of Martinsville, Illinois.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Elizabeth McCreary.
    Margaret Ellen Cheney was born on March 29, 1935, in Little Falls, New York, to Harold and Helen (Scannell) Cheney. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Little Falls in 1952. She moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1958. Margaret married Richard McLaughlin in Cedar Rapids in 1963.
    Margaret stayed at home with her children during their school years, returning to work outside the home in 1985. She held jobs at B. Dalton Booksellers in Lindale Plaza, Parsons Technology and finally at Theatre Cedar Rapids. She enjoyed her children and was an avid reader. She loved the theater and all of the persons she met in that capacity.
    Memorials may be directed to Shriners Children’s Hospital in memory of Margaret.
    Please sign the online guest book for Margaret at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.
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