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Margaret Helen Yori
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“My memories of Margaret and Ray go back to early childhood. All the family get togethers sharing the simple pleasures of life long friendship. Your...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Tina Koepnick - Iowa City, IA

“Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother I always enjoyed sitting with her at softball games. She will be missed by all. We are all thinking...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“I knew Mrs. Yori only from hearing Janice talk about her over the past thirty years. From those conversations, I know that she was a woman with an...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Marilyn Miller - West Des Moines, IA

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Margaret. She was a great lady that will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. The...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: The Mike Hutton Family - Ankeny, IA

“Janice, Ray and Family,Sorry to read of your Mother's passing. I hope you can find peace in this difficult time. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Mike Rote - Ankeny, IA

“Margaret was a friendly and caring lady. We always enjoyed visiting with her.Our sympathy to all of you. We regret not being able to attend her...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Don and Doris Schneider - Friend

“Our family is saddened by the loss of your mother, Margaret. Please accept our condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Jeneen (Smith) Ferguson

“Margaret was a very special lady. Very patient, welcoming, and friendly. It was a blessing being able to know and work with her and Ray. She will be...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Sam Denniston - Johnston, IA

“Our sympathies and prayers to the family at this time of loss.Donovan & Barb Ellis ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“I was a new priest who moved to Our Lady's 38 years ago this week. Your folks were some of the first people I met. You guys were little-your folks...Read More »
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11 of 17 | Posted by: Joyce Huber-Holland - Des Moines, IA

“Margaret was such a sweetheart. She and Ray were a great couple. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family who she loved so...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Beth Overton - Ankeny, IA

“Always enjoyed visiting with Margaret, such a nice lady and always so friendly.So sorry for your loss,she will be missed.RIP. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Rheta Schenkelberg - Ankeny, IA

“Margaret was a wonderful, friendly and spiritual lady!Margaret enjoyed playing Bingo every Monday at Martina Place; and would usually win!Love and...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Julie Anderson - Ankeny, IA

“Ray and Margaret were two of my favorite people--passionate, intelligent and extremely high character. They were great leaders in their families and...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Bruce Rasmussen - Omaha, NE

“Margaret was one of the most impressionable people I have ever met, She always made me feel special whenever I was around her. The cool thing is...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Janata Janata - Omaha, NE

“Margaret was a wonderful lady. She was the type of person we should all aspire to be. God be with the Yori family. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Jim Conrad - Papillion, NE


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Margaret Helen (Podnar) Yori, 90, passed away February 9, 2019, in Ankeny, Iowa, re-joining her husband of 66 years, Ray Yori, who passed away nearly two years ago.

A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 14, at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny. Visitation will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ankeny Memorial Gardens with a celebration of life following.

Margaret was born December 29, 1928, in Carney, Iowa, to Mike and Anna Podnar, and was a proud coal miner's daughter. She attended Oralabor School where she met the love of her life, Ray, in second grade and graduated from Woodside High School in 1946.

She and Ray were married at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Carney where they lived for 60 years in the home they built and were blessed with five children.
Margaret worked at John Deere before taking many years away from the workforce taking great pride as a mother raising her children. She later returned to the workforce and retired as a bookkeeper from Bavarian Haus in 1991. She was a member of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church, VFW Post 9662 Auxiliary, and OLIH Rosary & Altar Society.

Margaret is survived by her children Janice (Lynn) Edmondson, Karen (John Pittenger) Yori, Mary Yori, Ray (Lee Ann Maldonado) Yori, and Connie Yori; grandchildren Amy Knoll, Casey (Josh) Canaday, Lukas Helms; great-grandchildren Sam Knoll and Jake Knoll; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; one sister; two sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and many extended family members.

Memorial contributions may be directed to: Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church; VFW Post 9662 Auxiliary; or Camp Sunnyside.