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Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home
Friday February 25th, 2022

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Margaret Elaine (Paulson) Bartness Reeves

Margaret Elaine (Paulson) Bartness Reeves, 85, of Northwood, IA, passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at MercyOne Hospital in Des Moines, IA.  A Memorial Service will be held at 1PM on Friday February 25, 2022 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home of Albert Lea with Rev. Ryan Henkel presiding.  Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery of Emmons, MN.  

Margaret was born on January 7, 1937 to Christ and Gida Paulson on the farm near Emmons, MN. She attended and graduated from Emmons High School in 1954.  After finishing school, Margaret married her high school sweetheart Lyle Bartness on September 12, 1954 at Lime Creek Church in Emmons, MN.  The couple settled down on a farm near Emmons to start their family.

Other than working full time as a farm wife, Margaret also worked outside the home at many different jobs over the years.  The last being at Iowa State University in the Culinary Department.  Lyle passed away in 1998 and later Margaret married Richard Reeves on April 11, 2005. 

Mom had many hobbies and interests.  She loved to travel.  Margaret visited and lived in both Texas and Arizona. She was very family oriented and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Margaret is survived by her three children, Randy; Kim (Vickie), Kelly (Bill) Moore; grandchildren, Ashley (Andrew) Brown, Alexandra (Eric) Blum, Cassandra (Jeff) Kyllo; great grandchildren, Nolan Bertsch, Quinn Bertsch, Max Blum, Cole Blum, Julia Kyllo, Myles Kyllo; sister, Donna Hagen; brother, Carl Paulson; and many other loving relatives and friends.

Margaret is preceded in death by her two husbands, Lyle Bartness and Richard Reeves; sister, Mary Bartness; and brother, Robert Paulson.

Memorials preferred to beautify the Maple Court Independent Living courtyard where Margaret and Richard lived.

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A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Bartness Reeves

Darlene Kvam Feb 18 2022 7:49 PM

A special lady. Always fun to visit with Margaret & Dick

Judy Rohne Feb 16 2022 12:58 PM

A special and loving friend! Memories abound!

Carol Myers Feb 16 2022 12:58 PM

Margaret was a special friend.

Mary Christianson Feb 16 2022 10:19 AM

I knew Margaret as she was a friend of my sister in Ames and Arizona. We had many happy hours and such when visiting in AZ. She and I went to to CA with my sister to a family reunion of my sister. We had a fun trip. Good memories.

Marcia Vanderpool Feb 16 2022 10:14 AM