In memory of

Margaret Harms

May 17, 1940 - October 29, 2021
From: Lytton, IA
Margaret Harms

Margaret Harms

Born: May 17, 1940
Died: October 29, 2021
Age: 81
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   Margaret Harms, age 81 of Lytton, IA, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2021, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice House in Fort Dodge, IA surrounded by family.  Margaret Elaine was born on May 17, 1940, along with her twin sister, to parents Herman and Evelyn (Lane) Seil in Lake City, IA.  She grew up in Lohrville, IA, where she attended grade school and graduated from Lohrville High School with the class of 1958.  After graduation, both Margaret and Mary worked at Montgomery Ward prior to attending AIB School of Business in Des Moines, IA.  Also, at the age of 18, Margaret and Mary won the “Most Alike Twins Contest” at the Iowa State Fair.

   On September 7, 1963, Margaret was united in marriage to Jim Harms in Farnhamville Iowa.  This union was blessed with two children: Sandra and Mark.  They raised their family in Lytton, IA, where Margaret and Jim owned Harms Hardware and Harms Circle Steel where they sold and serviced grain bins. Margaret also worked at Harvest Acres outside of Rockwell City for several years where she enjoyed developing relationships with the kids and staff.   

    Margaret loved spending time with family and friends. Her happy place was the lake house at Twin Lakes where she loved relaxing and entertaining. She liked playing cards with family and friends where she was known to cheat. Margaret enjoyed traveling and spending time in Colorado Springs where she and Jim owned and operated the Travelers Uptown Motel with Jim’s brother Irv and wife Ruth. Margaret also enjoyed her visits to Arizona where her younger sister Pat resides. Her family meant the world to her. Margaret made so many great memories with them that they will forever hold dear to their hearts.

    One of Margaret’s favorite things to do was to dress up for Halloween with her sister Mary. They enjoyed going out in public and messing with people and loved getting reactions. Margaret loved pranks and she and Mary were known to switch places with each other to see if they could get away with it. In her younger years, Margaret was on the Lytton women’s softball team where she was known to be a great pitcher. Margaret also would host a happy hour with the neighborhood ladies, many of whom were her dear friends.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Sandra (Lee DePrenger) Gibson of Otley, IA, and Mark (Angie) Harms of Manson, IA; grandchildren: Matt (Eli Conway) Gibson, Brandon Gibson, Anthony Cordova, Dani Jud, and Brenna Allard; great-grandson Alex Cordova; sister Pat Koroulis of Gilbert, AZ; brother-in-law Darwin Matter of Lytton, IA; many extended family members and several friends.

   Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Jim Harms; parents Herman and Evelyn Seil; twin sister Mary Matter; brothers: Henry, Herman (Glenda), and Jeff Seil; brother-in-law Nick Koroulis. 

Funeral Service
10:00 a.m, Wednesday
November 3, 2021
Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church
Lytton, Iowa

Pastor Ben Worley
5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday
November 2, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
St. John Lutheran Cemetery
Lytton, Iowa


Friday, November 5, 2021 at 10:59 AM
“To Pat and rest of the family. I just loved to be around Margaret and Mary while we were in LHS. They were a grade ahead of me, but for some reason, we were very good friends. They always loved to confuse me as to who was who, so I started calling them MaryMargaret, that way it covered them both. I think I saw them 4 or 5 times in the last 62 years since I graduated in 1959. I am so sorry for you loss, it just doesn't seem possible that all of your siblings are gone. I have kept up with them, even though I never wrote. I am praying for you and your family. May God comfort you at this time. Linda Lou Parker Hay.”
- Linda Lou Parker Hay
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 9:20 AM
“So many great memories of Margaret. She always made me feel happy and was especially kind to my mom. Rip we loved you.”
- Dick Lane
Monday, November 1, 2021 at 2:15 PM
“Mark/Sandy - I am so sorry for your loss! Margaret was a kind, generous, loving and of course, extremely funny lady. I have many fond memories of her. Praying for you and your families during this difficult time. ”
- Carrie Stewart
Monday, November 1, 2021 at 9:35 AM
“Mark and Sandy.... so sorry to hear about your loss. Your mom was a special person and very loved”
- Mary Hernandez Dutton
Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 1:02 PM
“Mark & Sandy, so sorry to hear of your mother's death! She was so friendly & always loved a fun time. She & Mary were the only people we knew when we moved to Lytton, & they were both so welcoming. Sending love & prayers. ”
- Fran Lawson
Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 1:02 PM
“So sorry for your Lose!! Thoughts and prayers to to all!!”
- Annette Blessington
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