Margaret M. Stellon Endowment


Margaret M. Stellon was born November 26, 1916 to Margaret and Guido Stellon on a farm three and a half miles from Bowesmont in North Dakota.  She had two brothers, Marcus and John, and one sister, Anna Mae.  Margaret’s father, Guido, was killed in an accident in 1928, so her two brothers Marcus and John left school to take over the family farm while Margaret and Anna Mae continued their education.  Margaret was a great student and excelled in many aspects of academia.  Both Margaret and Anna Mae attended and graduated from Bowesmont High School.  After passing her State Board Exams, Margaret was accepted into Minot University in North Dakota and received her undergraduate degree in Education.  Her continuing education was at the University of North Dakota.  She stayed in the dorms during the summer, but commuted over sixty miles during the term to attend classes.  Margaret received a degree in Economics Education.  One of her greatest accomplishments was becoming a Fulbright Scholar and traveling to Australia, Venice, Rome, Milan and other countries in Europe.

Teaching became Margaret’s next endeavor.  Margaret taught Math to 1st-8th graders in a school in North Dakota. She then moved to the Quad Cities and taught at Sudlow Junior High in Davenport, IA.  In 1955, after teaching for many years, Margaret worked as a statistical clerk and accounting technician at the Rock Island Arsenal. 

Margaret was a member of St. Anthony’s Church and volunteered there for over 27 years as an usher.  Margaret was also a member of Pi Lambda Theta Sorority, an educational society for teachers, Junior Women’s Club, and Business and Professional Women.  She also enjoyed playing bridge with friends. Margaret passed away on April 11, 2011 at age 94.

In 2002, Margaret worked with her professional advisors at Northwest Bank & Trust Company to establish a planned gift for the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. Margaret chose to create her endowment at the Community Foundation because she supported the organization’s mission of “connecting people who care with causes that matter.”

Margaret provided an initial gift to the Margaret M. Stellon Endowment in 2002, and the final gift came in 2012 when her estate was finalized. With the help of her professional advisors and the Community Foundation staff, Margaret was able to set-up her endowment to provide grant distributions to the nonprofit organizations that she cared about most including the Kaaba Shriners and St. Anthony’s Church.

Margaret’s estate planning efforts during her life time, combined with her generosity, will provide grant distributions for her favorite nonprofits well into the future.

"Through his estate, Ed wanted to provide for his family and give something back to the community."

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