Margaret Ione Haswell-Jersin, 96, of Gothenburg, died  Jan. 10, 2019 at Callaway Good Life Center with her granddaughter Crystal and her family by her side.

She was born Dec. 22, 1922 on the family farm north of Callaway, the daughter of Eugene, Sr and MeLinda (Spooner) Whipple.

Margaret grew up in the Sandhills 20 miles north of Arnold.  She attended rural grade school north of Arnold until seventh grade, then she transferred to Anselmo for a couple years. She worked in various restaurants and cafes in Callaway, Arnold, North Platte, Colorado Springs, Grand Island

and Gothenburg. She also worked as a motel manager for many years.  She married James R. Haswell on April 1, 1941 at Broken Bow.  They had eight children - James D., Ivan E., Allen B., Linda L., Peggy S., Leslie R., Annettie M., and Laurie K.  Later she married Alvin L Jersin Sr.   

Margaret moved back to Gothenburg in 1995.  She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Order of Eagles at North Platte.  She attended the American Lutheran Church.  When her health began to fail, she moved to Callaway.  

She is survived by her children  Allen Haswell, Peggy (Ricky) Mathes, Annettie Has-well, Laurie (Vince) Sharkey; 27 grandchildren, 19 great grand children, seven great great grandchildren;daughter-in-law Judy Haswell.  Along with many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.  

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; children Linda Haswell, James Haswell, Ivan Eugene Haswell and Leslie “Bud” Haswell; two brothers,

Karl Whipple, Eugene Whipple; sister, Bethel June Willis; daughter-in-law Dorian Haswell and both of her husbands.   

 Memorial Services were held at the American Lutheran Church, Monday, Jan. 14, at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Jon Mapa officiating.   

Memorials may be given to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation,P.O. Box 515,Northampton, MA 01061-0515.  To sign the online guest book, go to