M. Louise Paxton

Born in Martinsburg, IA
Born on Sep 15, 1926
Departed on Sep 25, 2022


M. Louise Paxton, 96, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday September 25, 2022. Services: 10:00 a.m. Thursday September 29, 2022, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church by Pastor Bonnie Koeppen. A visitation will be held on Wednesday September 28, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Westside Chapel. Burial: 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Ottumwa.  

Surviving are two sons, Dan (Donnette) Paxton of Central City, Iowa and Larry (Mary) Paxton of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, five grandchildren, Sarah (Vince) Hyman, Christopher Paxton, Johnathan (Brandi) Paxton, Nicholas (Brenda) Paxton and Stephen Paxton, three great grandchildren, Paxton Hyman, Kora Paxton and Michael Paxton, sisters-in-law, Mary Louise Paxton of Ottumwa and Marian Paxton of Laramie, Wyoming. Louise was preceded in death by her parents, husband, David Paxton Jr., son, Steven Paxton, daughter, Janis Paxton, sisters, Lucille Emry and Evelyn Huffman, brothers-in-law, Jim Emry, Phil Paxton, Merritt Paxton, Loyal Roop and sister-in-law, Virginia Roop. 

Margaret was born September 15, 1926, near Martinsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Claude and Mae (Messerschmitt) Campbell. She graduated from Martinsburg High School in 1944 and attended the University of Iowa and Iowa State Teachers College receiving a two-year teaching certificate. She taught in Martinsburg for almost five years. She married David Paxton Jr. on August 3, 1947, at the Martinsburg Methodist Church. After living in Martinsburg and Kinross, Iowa, the family moved to Cedar Rapids in December 1965. She was library secretary at Jefferson High School for 11 years. She was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for almost 30 years and was a member of the Library Team for a number of years. She also enjoyed reading, camping, Rock and Read at Madison School for 10 years, her TOPS group and time with family and friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 4700 Johnson Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52405 or the Foundation for Periphery Neuropathy, 485 Halp Day Road, Suite 350, Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Prairie Hills and Heritage Specialty Care for all the loving care given to Margaret.