In Memory of Marguerite Farren

Marguerite Farren
Marguerite Farren
Born: December 21, 1925
Died: December 23, 2014
Age: 89
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Marguerite Farren
December 21, 1925 - December 23, 2014
From: Newton, IA | Originally: Colo, IA

Marguerite Farren, age 89, of Newton and formerly of Colo, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Park Centre in Newton.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 2014, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada, with burial to follow in the Colo Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday one hour prior  to services. 

Marguerite Farren was born on December 21, 1925, in Nevada, Iowa, to Floyd and Ada (Wescott) Oswalt. She attended Prairie Flower country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Collins Community High School in 1943.   Marguerite attended college at Cedar Falls and Drake University, majoring in elementary education.  She taught country school and later went to Colo where she taught fifth grade in the public school. 

On July 10, 1949, she married Richard Schyler Farren and lived in Colo.  After Richard’s passing in 1975, Marguerite worked for a children’s clothing store in Ames.  She worked in retail for 12 years meeting many wonderful friends. Her last 14 years were spent at Park Centre in Newton, where she was taken care of since unsuccessful hip surgery.  She was unable to walk so was confined to her chair and bed.  She was a strong, brave lady who made her family very proud.

Her life was spent enjoying her children and their families.  She and Richard have three children:  Patty (Tim) Dykstra of Newton, Jean (Roger) Bellinghausen of Newell, and Mark (Julie) Farren of Colo.  Her 10 grandchildren are  Angie (Kasey) Barnes of Newton, T.J. (Amy) Dykstra of Altoona, Beth Bellinghausen of Lawton, Ashley (Brandon) Brock of Alta, Lance Bellinghausen of Newell, Kira (Rob) Nelson of Roland, Kylee (Brad) Fleming of Nevada, Taylor (Kaleb) Applegate of Garwin, and Madison and McKenna Farren of Colo. She also has 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lola Whitaker of Collins; and several wonderful nieces and nephews.

As a 50+ year member of the Colo United Methodist Church, she was in many groups and was an active volunteer whenever needed.  She was a 50-year member of the Isabelle Order of the Eastern Star #271, where she held local and state offices, and also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Colo BF&T club, and United Methodist Women.  Marguerite was involved in many community activities and was an avid reader, embroiderer, and cook.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard; her parents; three brothers, Bill, Gayle, and Russ Oswalt; a sister, Norene Hale; and a son-in-law, Tim Dykstra.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Marguerite and her family.  Memorials in Marguerite's name may be directed to the Colo Fire Department. 


Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 1:31 PM
“I as so sorry to hear of Marguerite's passing. She was such an integral part of Colo UM Church during the years that I was there. Always a faithful leader, cook, committee member. Her bright smile and caring ways were always appreciated by my family and me.”
- Becke Cutler Arnold
Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM
“To the whole family: my sympathies to you in the death of your fear one. She is in a much better place, no longer in pain, rejoicing with the Savior! The pain that the family feels will linger as many fond memories are shared, on to the next generations.
I can still hear her as I would enter her room in the mornings to help her up and to get dressed for the day, "Good Morning Honey"
To help her stay busy, I brought in a pair of pillow cases that she embroidered on, Wanting to make them perfect, she would ask every color, if that was ok. I was just wanting her to feel useful, If any of you would like them,I would sure pass them on to you, if not, I would consider them a treasure to remember her by.”
- Mary Arkema
Friday, December 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM
“Patty - I am so sorry to learn of your mom's passing. Since coming back to Park Centre I have stopped by her room and visited several times. I so enjoyed her. The last time, she was trying to thread a needle and I was no help because I couldn't see any better than she. Your mom was a "super" lady and will be missed by a lot of people.”
- Wilma Sellers
Friday, December 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM
“To all of Marguerite's dear family,
Our hearts ache for all of you. Know how much you've been through with your mom over the years, but it's never easy to say good bye. We pray that your faith and the support of one another will ease the pain that you are feeling right now.”
- Merle and Jean
Friday, December 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM
“You have our deepest sympathy for the passing of your mom, Jean and grandmother, to the kids. I'm sure she will be missed dearly. She sounds like she was quite a caring and loving lady! You can be comforted knowing she is without pain now and with her heavenly father. Take Care! Hugs.”
- Tony & Melinda Buchholz
Friday, December 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM
“What a wonderful lady! I loved taking care of her. She told it like it was. Thoughts and prayers are with all the family. ”
- Angela Shaver
Friday, December 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM
“Loving thoughts to Marguerite's family on her passing. I would love to be there, to give all of you hugs. I unfortunately will not be able to attend services, but send everyone my condolences.”
- Allison Schroeder (Becvar)
Friday, December 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM
“I was just thinking of your Mother last week, as I do every year at this time. (birthday twins) I always remember that I thought she was such a beautiful lady, even when I was a little kid. I'm sure many Colo people have similar memories. We have lost a special lady. My thoughts are with you all.”
- Cindy Willemsen
Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM
“Roger, Jeannie, and family. So sorry for your loss. God and memories will help you through this very difficult time. You have our thoughts and prayers! Ron and Richelle”
- Ron and Richelle Larson
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM
“Jean, Roger and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and in our hearts. Nancy and Craig”
- Craig & Nancy Fratzke
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM
“Saying good-bye is so hard. Your mom/grandma has to be so proud of raising such a caring family. She is rejoicing with her family in heaven now, pain free. I pray you can be comforted knowing she is in a better place. Hugs to all of you. ”
- Amy Freese
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM
“Patty....I am thinking of you and your thoughts and prayers are with you...
Phyllis Emmack”
- phyllis emmack
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2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Steve Cummings


Marguerite's grandchildren


One hour prior to services
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Colo Cemetery
Colo, Iowa