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“My Prayers and thoughts are with all of you. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Shirley Hass - Woodward, IA

“So sorry for your loss. She was always such a sweet lady. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Rita (Moore) Johnson - NE

“So sorry for your loss. I worked with your mom at Melrose and have fond memories of those days. I first met your mom when teaching Alice. A great...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Rita S Britton

“A wonderful strong, determined, hard working, fun Melrose woman! My thoughts to you 4 daughters and Harold! God Bless you all. kit Dinneen Crane ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Kit Dinneen Crane

“Want you all to know that we are so sorry to hear of Margie's passing. She was a fine additon to the Conway family. We send our thoughts and...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Tony and Mary Anne Sullivan and Family

“This Beautiful Lady spent her life serving others. I declare her a saint as she had no enemies. Always Kind and loving. Her life is an example of...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Mark Judge - Des Moines, IA

“I'm so sorry to hear of you loss. Praying for comfort. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Kim Murry - Orrick, MO - Friend

“Papa, Carrie, Lori, Amy and Alice..... My loving thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Mama is/was part of me too.......I am so...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Shawn Sly - West Des Moines, IA

“Condolences to Harold and his family..Thoughts and prayers for the loss of Margie... ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Marti Ripperger Hawkins - IA

“So very sorry for your loss. All of you will be in my thoughts & prayers! ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Minturn ( Flattery) - Dexter, IA

“Alice and family...so sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Sara

“Harold, We were so sorry to hear of Marge's passing. You and the family have our deepest sympathy. We will keep all in our prayers. May Marge ...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: John & Darlene Hannam O' Brien - TX


Margie Ann Conway, age 79, of Albia, died Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston surrounded by her family.

Margie was born on January 30, 1937 at home on the farm in Melrose to John L. and Mary T. (O'Neill) Coady. She graduated from Melrose High School with the class of 1955. On October 12, 1957, she was united in marriage to Harold Conway at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Melrose. To this union 4 children were born, Carrie, Lori, Amy, and Alice.

Margie was very proud of her work at the Equitable Building in Des Moines. She worked as a teacher's associate in Melrose and the Tempe Arizona School District. She later worked at Delong's in Albia before retiring.

Margie was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Melrose and later a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society in Albia. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and proud to be from Melrose. She was a great cook in general, but was famous for lasagna and corned beef on St. Patrick's Day. Margie was a talented seamstress and enjoyed making quilts. She loved camping and boating at Lake Rathbun, flowers and gardening. She was a "fierce" competitor playing any game and hated to lose. She was an avid Sudoku and crossword puzzle lover.

Margie is survived by her husband, Harold; 4 daughters, Carrie Andrew, Lori Conway, Amy Dillard, and Alice Shepard; 10 grandchildren, Callie (Beau), Sarah, Josh, Joe, Beau, Coady, Jake, Luke, Mary Hannah, and Sam. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Lou (Larry) Spenla and sisters-in-law, Linda Coady, and Doris Coady.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary; her brothers, John Coady, Jimmy Coady, and an infant twin brother, Michael.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Melrose. As was her wish, her body will be cremated following the service and a private family burial will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Melrose, with Margie's family present throughout. A rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m.and a wake service will be at 6:30 p.m.

A memorial has been established to Juvenile Diabetes in recognition of her granddaughter Sarah.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.