Her lifetime love for music led Margaret to leave an estate gift to create the Hortense Gibbens Meikle Music Scholarship

Margaret Meikle ReedyMusic meant everything to Margaret Meikle Reedy.

“It all started with her mother, Hortense, who was the church piano player,” says Margaret’s nephew, Jon Nickel. “Hortense was a schoolteacher at a one-room schoolhouse near Bedford, Iowa, and she loved to play hymns and 1930s songs.”

That love for music was passed on to all three of Hortense’s daughters—Thelma Meikle Roller (1929 B.A.), Elaine Meikle Nickel (1930 B.A.), and Margaret Meikle Reedy (1940 B.A.), all who graduated from the University of Iowa. Her youngest daughter, Margaret, was actively involved in the University of Iowa Chorus and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa while working toward degrees in economics and social administration.

Throughout her long-time career in education—as a teacher, guidance counselor, and vice principal—Margaret continued to sing solos and perform with church choirs. Her lifetime love for music led Margaret to leave an estate gift to create the Hortense Gibbens Meikle Music Scholarship, which pays tribute to her mother.

“While Margaret valued giving to young people’s educations, she also valued the family’s passion for music—something that lives on today,” says Jon. “Her mother, Hortense, taught her three daughters to enjoy music. After that, my mother taught piano to me, I taught it to my three kids, and now I have six grandchildren who are all taking piano lessons. Hortense gave us all the gift of music.”

Nora Barker (Class of 2020), of Shubert, Nebraska, is the first recipient of the Hortense Gibbens Meikle Music Scholarship. Nora, like Margaret, learned to love music as a child. Nora’s grandmother taught her the violin at an early age. “I’m grateful to be receiving a scholarship, especially from someone who was so passionate about music,” says Nora.

Margaret passed away in 2016 and is survived by her step-son, Warren Reedy; Warren’s wife, Katherine; their children and grandchildren; and countless nieces and nephews.