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Margaret Louise (Peg) Hammen Poling, 80, formerly of Ottumwa, died December 22nd, 2020 in Overland Park, Kansas, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Peg was born July 9th, 1940, in Ottumwa to Henry and Margaret Hammen. She was the third of four children. Peg attended Ottumwa schools and graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1958. While still in high school, her mother introduced her to a local bachelor businessman, Sid Poling, whose family owned Poling’s Clothing Store next door to Mrs. Hammen’s place of employment. In later years, Peg would recall that, upon meeting Sid, she thought to herself, “someday, I’m going to marry him.”
After high school, Peg entered the stewardess corps of United Airlines and was based in Chicago. In those years, she and Sid began dating. In 1963, Sid proposed marriage and, shortly thereafter, they married. Peg left her airline career behind and followed her new husband back to her hometown to begin a family.
During the remainder of the sixties, Peg and Sid would grow their family by three with the births of their children Drew, Paige, and Chad.
In 1982, with her children growing older and beginning to leave home, Peg ventured into the Ottumwa business scene by opening a gourmet cooking supply and gift shop, Duck Soup, which she operated until 1998. After she closed the shop doors, she opened a new one as a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker in Ottumwa, from which she eventually retired in 2012
During those years as a local business person, she became involved in several civic organizations by serving on the boards of the Ottumwa Area Arts Council, Ottumwa Community Players, American Home Finding Association, Ottumwa Symphony, Greater Ottumwa Vocal Arts Project, and US Bank.
She was a member of Rotary Club of Ottumwa, Fortnightly, and served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents as well as her husband, Sidney Baker Poling.
She leaves behind her sisters Bette Dickey, Sarah Jane Brender (Hans), and brother Charles Hammen (Donna); her children Drew Donovan Poling (Scot), Paige Poling Walsh (Mark) and Chad Baker Poling (Tamra); and 8 grandchildren: Mac, Lily, Donovan, Charlie, Baker, Spencer, Trey, and Aubrey.
Private funeral mass will be at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick Hilgendorf presiding. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. Although private, the service may be viewed at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 29th on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. There will a public memorial service in 2021 on a date yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully encourages donations in honor of Peg’s grandson, Charlie, to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (www.alexslemonade.org) a non-profit organization that funds research, raises awareness, and supports families, all towards the end of curing childhood cancer.
Reece Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Published on December 23, 2020


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