Margaret Warren Obituary

Margaret P. Warren
Margaret Warren
Margaret P. Warren

August 9, 1932 - August 2, 2011
Born in Council Bluffs, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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The memorial service for Margaret P. Warren, who passed away August 2, 2011 at Wesley Acres where she resided, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Wesley Acres, 3520 Grand Avenue, Des Moines. Margaret donated her body to the University of Iowa School of Medicine for medical research.

Margaret was born August 9, 1932 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and graduated from the Iowa School for the Blind in Vinton, Iowa. She moved to Des Moines in 1963. Margaret was visually impaired since birth and by age 31 had lost the remainder of her vision plus all of her hearing, which was more of a struggle than loss of sight, because it cuts off communication. For many years she communicated with people by a machine called a Tellatouch, which was provided to her by the Iowa Department for the Blind. This Tellatouch machine is a portable instrument with a typewriter keyboard that printed in Braille one letter at a time and Margaret read the Braille with one amazing finger.

Margaret was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Des Moines and for many years attended National Federation of the Blind national conventions all over the United States. Her transportation for these conventions was provided by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults.

Margaret leaves behind a host of friends who assisted her in her life. She read to children at Methodist Hill Children’s Center, visited schools and interacted with students in all grades and shared about deaf and blindness. She liked to help in so many ways with guides taking her to all the places. She loved attending the Iowa State Fair, visiting in people’s homes and managing a Braille correspondence club. She loved humor and always had a joke to share, even with her dentist and doctor. Margaret read in her Braille bible daily until her health prevented it. She often said she liked to do things for others and wished she could do more. Margaret will be long remembered with love.

Memorial contributions may be directed to American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230





Wesley Acres Community Room
3520 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, August 27, 2011
10:00 AM
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American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230