Margaret Helen Davis Collison

Honored by:Her children and grandchildren
Brick location:PAVER:17  map

Political activist advocate for civil liberties, women and children in educational policies.

Born on March 14, 1921 in Farmington, MO. She was the daughter of Floyd W. Davis and Willie Hooe Ballard, the sister of Richard Sherman Davis and Mary Shaw Davis.

She attended school at Annie Lloyd Elementary, Farmington Junior-Senior High Schools 1923-1938, Stephens College for Women, Columbia MO A.A. 1938 -1940, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO B.S. 1941-1944.

She worked for Missouri State Board of Heath Examiners R. N. 1944.


Farmington Schools - Drum Major Marching Drum Corps 1934-1938, performed at World Series St. Louis Sportman's Park; President L.S. Girls Club Stephens College - Hall Officer Alumnae Board Regional Representative 1985-1990; Stephens Board of Curators 1980-1982; Initiator/Founder James M. Wood Institute for Study of Women in Education 1982.

She volunteered at Davenport Diocese Lay Council-Initiated 3 Parish Councils, the Library Committee Scholarship 1964-1970, State Board of Regents of Iowa 1971-1977, Iowa State University Memorial Union Board 1971-1979; Mental Hygiene Committee 1971-1977; University of Iowa-Gave initiative to Affirmative Action Day Care for Married Students Women's Equality Issues; Iowa State University-Advisory Committee to Home Economics 1977-1984; Advisory to Industrial Ed., Gained MBA program for Agribusiness; Delegate to White House Conference on Families 1989, Board Member Area Education Agency Southern Prairie 1992-present, Member past President League of Women Voters A.A.U.W. Charter 1964, Rotary Club-One of first two women admitted

Stephens College Alumnae College 1966-1971, William Penn College Group Dynamics 1968, Drug Counseling Training 1969-1971, Iowa State University Centennial Conference Families of the Future 1971, Asso. of Governing Boards Washington D.C. Annual Board Training 1971-1977, The University of Iowa Women Awareness 1971-1977, National Assoc. College and University Business Officers, St. Louis MO 1973, University of Iowa Changing Families Conferences 1972-1978, Iowa State University The World Food Conference 1972-1978, Iowa State University Graduate College First International Iceberg Conference Facilitator 1977, Diocese of Davenport Home and School Conference Coordinator 1968, The White House Conference on Families Delegate, St. Louis University Nursing Research Day 1980, League of Women Voters, Conference on Crisis for Families in Agriculture Initiator/Coordinator 1988, William Penn College A.A.U.W. Overcoming Math Anxiety 1989,

Married: Robert M. Collison M.D. 12-6-43; B.S. IA State College M.D. St. Louis U

Children: Robert Michael M.D. St. Louis U, U of IA; Mary Shaw Collison Shonsey B.A.B.S. Marquette;, U of NE; Kathryn Ann Collison Garvie B.A.B.S. Barat College, U of OR; Margaret D. Collison B.A. M.A. Creighton, Drake; William Wade Collison M.D. Creighton; Richard Davis Collison M.D. IA State, U of IA; John Stuart Collison B.S. Creighton; Jane Ballard Collison B.S. IA State; Daniel Wolfe Collison M.D. Stanford, U of IA; James Steele Collison M.D. Stanford, U of IA; Charles Alden Collison B.S.M.A. Stanford, Insead. Nine children in graduate or baccalaureate school during 1970's -1986.


Paver Inscription:

"Margaret Davis Collison
Initiator Together with Robert Collison
Their children:
Michael Mary C. Shonsey
Kathryn C. Garvie Margaret
WM. Wade Richard John Jane
Daniel James Charles
And their families
Partner, mother, daughter, sister, friend, advocate
The gift of life is giving"