Margaret Elizabeth Williams, age 78, died peacefully at HospiceCare, Sunday, May 6, 2007, after a brief illness.

She was born July 28, 1928, in Martell, daughter of the late Henry B. and Esther (Harris) Aasterud.

After high school graduation, she earned a rural teaching certificate at River Falls State Teacher's College, a nursing diploma at Indiana University School of Nursing, a B.S. nursing education degree at the University of Minnesota, M.S. nursing degree at University of California, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in anthropology and sociology of education at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971.

She held nursing service and faculty positions in Indiana, Colorado, Minnesota, California and Nevada, before joining the faculty of the UW-Madison, as professor of nursing in 1976.

She was a highly-respected colleague, teacher and researcher. She was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1976 and was appointed as a Helen Denne Schulte Professor of Nursing from 1980 until 1985.

She served as editor for the prestigious Journal of Research in Nursing and Health from 1983 until 1991. She was the principal investigator of studies related to graduate students, the elderly and hip fractures and served on numerous university, state and national committees. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University in April 1989. She retired from UW-Madison School of Nursing as Professor Emerita in May 1991.

Survivors include her sister, Betty (C. Edward) Hanson of River Falls; nieces, Kristi (Scott) Teigen and children, Travis and Brian of Glenwood City and Siri (Greg) Smith; nephews, Charley, Peter and Paul (LeAnn) and children, Cole and Shelby, all of River Falls; as well as cousins, colleagues and friends.

Known variously as "Margaret" "Muggs" or "Marg," she will be remembered for her wisdom, wit and love of dogs, travel, golf, tennis and bridge.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the University-Madison School of Nursing, in care of the UW Foundation, 1848 University Ave., Madison, WI 53726 or HospiceCare Inc., 5389 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.

The family wishes to thank the staff of HospiceCare for their superb care and compassion.

Condolences may be directed to Mrs. C. Edward Hanson, W8942 Hwy. 29, River Falls, WI 54022.

There was a gathering of family and friends on Saturday, May 12, at Cress Funeral Home in Madison.

Interment will be at North Rush River Church Cemetery at a later date.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service of Madison assisted the family with arrangements.