Margaret Matters Iverson, 97, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Arbor Terrace in Rochester. She was born Sept. 17, 1915, in Neosho, Mo., to William T. and Corrie Page Matters. Margaret was a graduate of the University of Missouri and earned a MEd from Wayne State University. She was a full-time mother and homemaker, while also teaching in elementary and high schools for 25 years in Michigan and Florida. Margaret was married in 1947 to Halvor Iverson, Jr., who died in 2009. She is survived by her sister, Alice M. Pegram of DeLand, Fl.; four sons, Christian (Carol) of Wrightsville, Pa., Mark (Renata) of Rochester, William (Marilyn) of Summerville, S.C., and Halvor III (Helena) of Concord, Mass.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Margaret served overseas in the Red Cross during and after World War II. A member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Rochester, she was an active Presbyterian most of her life, and was generous in support of wide-ranging civil rights and community causes. Music was an important part of her life. She played piano for Sunday school, birthdays and many other celebrations. She will be remembered for her joyful spirit, her abiding love of family, and for welcoming each day as an opportunity to do good unto others. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Chapel at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester. Burial will follow in DeLand, Fl. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Red Cross or the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 30, 2013