Margaret Bannister Obituary

Margaret Ann Bannister
Margaret Ann Bannister
Margaret Ann Bannister

September 19, 1916 - September 20, 2011
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Margaret Ann Mulock (Bastian) Bannister, 95, of West Des Moines, Iowa passed away after a tragic automobile accident surrounded by her family on September 20, 2011. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.

Visitation with the family will occur from 5-7:00 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2011 at Dunn's Funeral Home, 2121 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Des Moines, Iowa.

Margaret Ann was born on September 19, 1916, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her parents were E.H. ("Hub") Mulock and Ethel Sarah Hewitt Mulock. Her father was active in both Des Moines business and community, including serving as Mayor during 1928-1930 and chairing President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Iowa branch of the Iowa Civil Works Administration, as well as managing his own insurance agency, LaMair-Mulock-Condon Insurance Company now rebranded as LMC Insurance). He also served at various times between 1949 and 1964 as President, Director and Chairman of the Board of Central Life Assurance Company (later renamed Amerus Group and now part of Aviva PLC) and director of Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. (now Qwest/Century Link) and Iowa-Des Moines National Bank (now Wells Fargo).

A lifelong Iowa resident, Margaret Ann attended and graduated from Greenwood School, Callahan Junior High School and Roosevelt High School. Following high school she graduated from Connecticut College for Women in 1938. Thereafter, she married Thomas M. Bannister in Des Moines at Cathedral Church of St. Paul on May 3, 1941. Tom was a successful lawyer-turned businessman in Des Moines. After 23 happy years of marriage and three sons, Tom passed away on November 23, 1964. In October 11, 1969 Margaret Ann married Ralph W. Bastian, a well-known Fort Dodge attorney, who passed away in 1971, bringing Margaret Ann back to Des Moines.

Margaret Ann was a member of Cathedral Church of St. Paul's Altar Guild; the Des Moines Junior League; the Proteus Club; Petticoat Mutual Investment Club; and Wakonda Club. She continued to be an active, avid bridge player playing several matches with her friends each week. As a recently retired golfer (she hung up her clubs about 10 years ago), she won several golf tournaments at the Wakonda Club in years past. Margaret Ann also loved needle pointing and giving those beautiful works of art from her hands to her family, friends and her church (next time you find yourself taking communion at Cathedral of St. Paul, notice the needle pointed kneelers). She also served on the Board of Directors of Orchard Place, carrying on a tradition of service to the community's youth started by her mother who was an early Director of the Des Moines Children's Home (now Orchard Place). Margaret Ann loved spending summers at Spirit Lake in a 'victorian' home built by her grandparents in 1898 and later at West Okoboji, as well as travels around the country and the world.

Margaret Ann was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Hulbert Mulock. She is survived by her children, Hulbert M.("Hobie") (Dawn) Bannister of Clive; James M.(Judy) Bannister of Des Moines; and Thomas Scott (Kathy) Bannister of Des Moines and her stepson, Ralph W. (Teresa) Bastian, Jr. of San Francisco, CA; her eight grandchildren and step grandchildren, Michael Bannister (San Antonio, TX), Kevin (Allison) Bannister (West Des Moines), David Bannister (San Diego, CA), Karmen Guy (Playa del Carmen, MX), Bruce (Brandy) Guy (Pleasant Hill), Christopher (Kathryn) Bannister (New York City, NY), Thomas Bannister (Des Moines), and Donnie (Michele) Harris (Rockwell City, IA) and her great grandchildren, Joseph, Jay, Kate, Molly and Katie Lou, Elijah and Truman.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in her name to either Orchard Place, 2116 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312, or to Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 9th & High Street, Des Moines 50309.

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, September 23, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
815 High Street
Des Moines, IA US 50309
Saturday, September 24, 2011
11:00 AM


Cathedral Church of St. Paul
815 High Street
Des Moines, IA US 50309