Margaret Hauschild valued literature so much that she defied her father's rules, then fought to keep a book by John Wayne with needlessly crude language out of school libraries.
Mrs. Hauschild was born Feb. 6, 1915, in Clinton, Iowa, to Lloyd and Mabel (Roe) Kelsey.
"She was an incredible reader from day one," Richard Hauschild said of his mother. Her father didn't approve of her reading, complaining that she always had her nose in a book. To get around his rule that she only check out one book a week, she would check out all blue books one week and all green books the next so he wouldn't know the difference, her son said.
Mrs. Hauschild died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. She was 96.
Mrs. Hauschild received her teaching certificate from Louisville Normal School in 1935. She later received a bachelor's degree in education from Webster University and a master's degree from Saint Louis University.
Mrs. Hauschild married John R. Hauschild Sr. on June 10, 1939.
She taught in Louisville until 1950, then in Webster Groves. When her husband was transferred in 1964, she taught in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and became the head librarian of the Conejo Valley Consolidated School District.
She was in charge of putting the books into the school libraries, Richard Hauschild said. When John Wayne released a book, she didn't believe his book should be in the library because of the unnecessary coarse language used in the writing.
Wayne heard about her refusing to put his book in the district's libraries and complained. The school board weighed in and sided with her.
"He was sure all he'd have to do is call into the newspaper and talk about it," Richard Hauschild said. "Mom beat back John Wayne and told him he needed to learn how to write better."
After retiring, she became a licensed unity teacher and taught at the Tyler Unity Center of Practical Christianity in Tyler, Texas, and the Unity of Columbia.
"She continued being active right up to the end," Hauschild said. "She would go to the food bank every Tuesday and put labels on while people were doing heavy lifting. She was great that way and very generous to all."
She is survived by two sons, J. Richard Hauschild of Columbia and Paul Hauschild of Chula Vista, Calif.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews.
Her husband, John R. Hauschild, her parents and three brothers, Louis, Robert and Jack Kelsey, died earlier.
The Hauschild family requests memorial donations be made to Unity of Columbia, 1600 West Broadway; The Salvation Army of Columbia, 1108 W. Ash St., PO Box 1864; or Meals on Wheels, 800 Hospital Drive in lieu of flowers.
Services will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Unity of Columbia.
Condolences can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.