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Margaret Dyson

Died: August 19, 2015

Mrs. Margaret Dyson of Champaign died peacefully in the presence of family at St. Joseph’s Home in Springfield, Illinois, on August 19, 2015.
Margaret was born in 1918 in South Dakota. She was valedictorian of her Madison High School class, and met her future husband, John, at South Dakota State University where …read more

Mrs. Margaret Dyson of Champaign died peacefully in the presence of family at St. Joseph’s Home in Springfield, Illinois, on August 19, 2015.
Margaret was born in 1918 in South Dakota. She was valedictorian of her Madison High School class, and met her future husband, John, at South Dakota State University where she graduated Cum Laude in 1940. Margaret received her PHD in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1977.
Margaret married John Dyson in 1941. Margaret was preceded in death by her beloved husband John, her parents, and her sister, Sallie McMillan.
Margaret is survived by two sons John Patrick Dyson, of Cedar Key, Florida, and Stephen Dyson (Teresa) of Champaign, Illinois, one daughter Carol Dyson (Andrew Asher) of Springfield, IL and one step-son, Robert Dyson (Beth), of Portland, Oregon; two grandchildren John Asher and William Asher of Springfield, and three step-granddaughters, Jodi Hoffman of Champaign, Lisa Meighan of Seattle, Washington, and Leanna Hess of Vancouver, Washington, and Two step-grandsons, Ryan Dyson and Christopher Dyson, both of Portland, Oregon.
Margaret had worked for the law firm of Martens and Goldsmith, Pierre, South Dakota, and the South Dakota State Department of School and Public Lands. During WWII, while John as an officer in the Army, she worked for the Office of Price Administration in Washington, DC, and the engineering firm of Pate and Hern, in Detroit, Michigan. Starting in 1964, and for 30 years, Margaret was employed as a Learning Disabilities teacher for the Champaign Community Unit 4 Schools in Champaign, Illinois. She taught at Washington, South Side, Jefferson, and other Champaign schools. After retirement she volunteered as a reading coach at Carrie Busey School. She loved working with her many talented students. From 1975 to 1977, she served as the Director of a Title III and Title IV-C education project to teach reading by correspondence to elementary school children, and was the founder and Co-Director of “Teacher in a Mailbox.” She was a member of Mortarboard, Phi Delta Kappa, and Kappa Delta Pi honorary fraternities. Since 1953 Margaret and John were members of Wesley United Methodist Church of Champaign. They enjoyed spending Christmas with their family in Cedar Key and were frequently found dancing with their friends at the University Club, the Elks, the American Legion, and the Regency Ballroom. Margaret will be greatly missed by her loving family.
The family will greet friends at a visitation from 5:00-7:00 PM Friday August 28, at the Morgan Memorial Home 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy with funeral services to follow at 10:00 AM Saturday August 29, 2015 also at Morgan Memorial Home. The burial will be held later at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation in her name and will be directed to Champaign School special education programs.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, August 28, 2015

Time: 05:00 pm

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

Service Information

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015

Time: 10:00 am

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

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