Magdalena "Maggie" Elisia Mujica Voy, 64, of Ankeny, Iowa, sang and danced her way to Heaven to be with our Lord on Friday, July 17, 2020.
A Celebration of Life service honoring Maggie will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Prairie Ridge Church, 825 NW 36th Street, Ankeny, IA 50023. For those unable to attend in person, please use this link to Livestream Maggie's service: https://vimeo.com/439273429. Due to COVID-19, no luncheon will be held. Maggie's family will greet guests following the service according to Prairie Ridge's social distancing measures. Masks are encouraged. Condolences may be expressed online at www.amesmonument.com.
Maggie was born February 13, 1956, in Mason City, Iowa, to Julian Piceno Mujica and Sylvestra Ruiz Mujica. She grew up in Manly, Iowa, then moved with her family to Mason City at the age of eight. Maggie attended school in Mason City and graduated from Mason City Senior High School.
During college, Maggie met the love of her life, Dave, and was married on August 6, 1977, in Hampton, Iowa. They lived in various locations in Iowa before making Ankeny their home. Maggie and Dave have two children, Sarah and Michael.
Maggie graduated from North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), with an Associates of Arts Degree, majoring in General Education and Music Education; William Penn University, with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in General Education with an emphasis in Vocal Music and a minor in Spanish Education; and Morningside College, with a Masters of Professional Education.
Maggie was a lifelong learner and additionally earned college credits from Wartburg College, University of Northern Iowa, UNINTER (Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, México), Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa.
Maggie devoted her professional career to Des Moines Public Schools as an Educator. Throughout her career, she taught many students, Pre-K and K-12, in various subject areas, including English as a Second Language/English Language Learners, Spanish, Music, and others.
Maggie's interests included teaching fitness classes as a licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor and licensed Zumba Gold Instructor. She enjoyed singing, especially with the Prairie Ridge Church worship and production team. She could also be found singing karaoke at any available opportunity. Teaching, music, singing, dancing, cooking, and spending time with her family were among Maggie's passions. Her faith was incredibly important to her and she was honored to share His Word with others. Maggie's faith was very impactful both to her and the many friends and family who provided support throughout her cancer journey. She was grateful for their many acts of kindness and felt loved by every gesture, large or small.
Maggie and Dave enjoyed traveling over the years in the United States, México and Canada with their children. Maggie loved traveling to Estes Park, Colorado, with Dave and their children. She often said Estes Park was their 'home away from home.' Other favorite places included México; Beaufort, South Carolina; Florida beaches; many National Parks; and Smoky Mountains, Arkansas, and other trips with their Miata friends.
Maggie was preceded in death by her parents, Julian Piceno Mujica and Sylvestra Ruiz Mujica, and her brother-in-law, Daniel Voy. Survivors include her husband, Dave; her children and children-in-love, Sarah (Sherman) Wilson and Michael (Suzie) Voy; her grand-dogs Sophie and Winston; three brothers Valentine, David, and Daniel Mujica; numerous cousins; and many loving friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Can Do Cancer (https://candocancer.org/how-to-help/patient-donation.html) or The Pink Tractor Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/PinkTractorFoundation). These two local non-profit organizations provide support to cancer patients and their families during treatment and other difficult times. Maggie and her family are extremely grateful for the support these organizations have provided and know that future donations will make a positive impact for other families in a time of need.
Maggie and her family would like to thank the many friends and caregivers who provided support along her cancer journey. Many heartfelt thanks to Prairie Ridge Church and small group members, MercyOne Cancer Center, MercyOne Hospice Care, A Plus Home Care Services, and all others who reached out with offers of support.
I met Maggie at Fitness World when she would attend my Zumba classes before she became a licensed instructor herself. Maggie was always a ray of sunshine in class, smiling and dancing with her own special flair. I loved seeing her in class as she obviously loved Zumba and being around the others in class. She always shared an encouraging word, a fun story, or just an overwhelming sense of joy to everyone she was in contact with. I never knew her to be down or sad. I never saw her discouraged. And as she faced cancer again she was an incredible force of positivity and hope and faith. She is an incredible role model. I am proud to call Maggie my friend and I am forever blessed to have had her in my life. She is deeply missed. I wish her family and friends peace in the days ahead.
Always a joy to be near Maggie when we got together at the Wilsons. Her courage was an encouragement to all of us to face life as it comes and still be happy. Phil, Louise, Phillip, and grandchildren.
Maggie has touched a lot of lives in her 64 years.
Dave,Sarah,Sherman,Michael,Suzie prayers for you.
You Will be Greatly Missed.
I remember meeting Maggie at Fitness World, she would not miss a Zumba class ever. No matter how good or bad of a class I think I gave, she was always there to cheer me up, encourage and support. She always brought so much life and enthusiasm to everywhere she went. She had a light and glow of her own. We danced, practiced and talk about anything. Whenever I needed her, she was there. I thank life for giving me the gift of knowing her!
I met Maggie several years ago when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. I was her patient partner for Can Do Cancer and continued to remain friends with her through the years and after her recurrence. She was an inspiration to all of us. I was there to offer her my support, but it was Maggie who taught me so much. She loved everyone and everything with all her heart, especially her family. Even when she wasn't feeling her best she tried to find the positive and took the time to update all who were thinking and praying for her. Maggie was the definition of her own words, "take and give love." I will miss her smile and hugs.
I’m sorry for your loss! I will always remember Maggie’s beautiful smile and kind spirit. I got acquainted with her when I worked as support staff at Monroe Elementary. I recently found and wore my pink “Maggie” t-shirt that we on staff wore years ago to support her in her cancer fight—and now she’s gone. May her joyful, loving spirit live on in you and all who remember her!
Maggie and I met at Fitness World and became close friends. We bonded together over Zumba and had many deep discussions when we got together at Main Street Cafe and the Ankeny Movie Theater. I remember the first time I met her-she was auditioning to become a Zumba instructor! She rocked it in her beautiful exercise skirt and shirt! From then on, our friendship just clicked. Maggie will always have a place in my heart. I believe she is still with me now in spirit. I even felt her spirit the other day communicating with me-Maggie, I look forward to dancing again with you in Heaven. I will miss you dearly until that time comes.
Here is Maggie's funeral folder for those unable to attend her service in person:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MAGDALENA ELISIA MUJICA VOY
February 13, 1956—July 17, 2020
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE
Prairie Ridge Church
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Pastor Mike Van Rees
ORDER OF SERVICE
Cien Años ~Pedro Infante
Flor Sin Retoño ~Pedro Infante
Amorcito Corazón ~Pedro Infante
Las Mañanitas ~Vicente Fernández
Las Mañanitas is a traditional Mexican song, sung at birthday celebrations and funerals. It is a celebratory song, to celebrate life. Maggie sang this song
at both of her parents’ funerals and many others.
Pedro Infante and Vicente Fernández are popular artists in the Mexican culture. Maggie remembers listening to music of these artists with her parents and grandfather. These artists and songs were important to Maggie
in representing and honoring her Mexican heritage.
I Corinthians Chapter 13:4-7 Duane Voy
Prayer of Saint Francis Duane Voy
Coming Out of the Dark ~Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan was one of Maggie’s favorite musical artists. She enjoyed
dancing and singing karaoke to Estefan’s music.
Message Pastor Mike Van Rees
The Other Side ~Colton Dixon
Maggie’s Personal Testimony
Amazing Grace Sarah E. (Voy) Wilson, Piano
Magdalena E. Mujica Voy, Vocals
Well Done ~The Afters
You Raise Me Up ~Josh Groban
Come to Jesus ~Chris Rice
I Can Only Imagine ~Mercy Me
Maggie was a friend of mine for many years! We met up again at a Zumba class. She is amazing and kind to everyone she meets. I was blessed to have her and my daughter, Sara, become great friends and cohorts at dance instruction. Maggie inspires people to be the best they can be. She will forever be remembered in a beautiful, faithful, loving way. God blessed us with you, sweet Maggie! My prayers to your family as they grieve your passing and hopes that hey hold tight to the many amazing memories you left with all!
I had the honor of teaching with Maggie at Wallace many years ago. She was always upbeat and positive in even the worst situations. She will be missed by many! Prayers for her family!
Maggie was a gifted teacher and I was honored to call her my colleague for many years. We shared a love for teaching, for music, and even for Estes Park. She was a woman of great faith and courage. My deepest condolences to her family. You will be in my prayers.
Maggie was most assuredly one of the nicest people the Hansen family ever met . What a joy when the Voy family came to Estes Park! Maggie crafted one of my favorite memories when she sang solo various Christian and patriotic songs to us in our office . Hearts and prayers to the Voy family. George and Joan Hansen and family
Our prayers are with Maggie's family and friends. Maggie was always so upbeat and courageous. She will be missed.
Our hearts and prayers are yours. May God’s peace and comfort be with you during this time. ~ Tim & Sheryl Martin
Maggie was a wonderful person whose memory I will treasure. Her smile, her singing, her encouragement and caring filled your heart and uplifted your soul. I am blessed and thankful to have known the beautiful angel that was Maggie. I think of her every day and will pray every day for you, Dave, and children. Thank you for letting me tend the garden, it helped me feel close to Maggie and gave me something I could do for her. Love and prayers , Mary
My best friend since our Sophomore year in high school. I will miss your wonderful sense of humor. We laughed so many times when we were together. Maggie, you always had a beautiful smile and sparkle in your eye, a love of life, the strongest faith, and you cared for so many others in unmearurable ways. So glad for all the good times with you and your family and mine. I'm 100% sure you are dancing and singing to all you know in heaven. Love you forever, friend until we meet again. Kim, Joe and Family
I will remember the fun we had doing Karaoke. We would search for all the duets we could find. She will truly be missed by everyone who knew her.
My sympathies to Maggie's family during this difficult time. I first met Maggie while doing a longterm sub job for DMPS, she was always a sweetheart. Then later I enjoyed doing Zumba with her and talking to her about my teaching career. She was always sweet and checking up on me and my wellbeing, even when she was sick with Cancer. She will be greatly missed by all the Zumba ladies! She is dancing and singing in heaven now I believe. 💜
Our deepest sympathy to Dave, Sarah & Sherman,
Micheal & Suzie. Maggie a awesome cousin and I, Jesse, have countless memories with her. Hugs to. All of you. Your wife/mother and our dear cousin will be missed. Lots of love and hugs.
Maggie was a bright light, even when things seemed bleak. She always saw the positive in people and situations. Even when she wasn't feeling her best, she would send a word of encouragement or a birthday message. God has gained a beautiful angel. Peace to her family.
A magnificent friend who will be greatly missed. Maggie always finished her class with “ this little light of mine I am going to let it shine “, you are Maggie. With love & gratitude for all you have done. Rest in peace in Jesus loving arms.
A woman with a wonderful heart and beautiful smile who will be undoubtedly missed for her love and generous spirit. Deepest sympathy, Kimberly & Justin Hall
You will be greatly missed, dear friend. Say hello to Bruce when you see him. My deepest condolences to your loved ones. I know you’ll watch over them from Heaven. Peace and love. Beth
My deepest sympathy to Dave, Sarah & Sherman,
Micheal & Suzie.
Your Mother had a gift of a beautiful voice and a Loving heart for everyone. She’s blessed many people’s lives by knowing her. Carmen Arispe
Our prayers go out to Dave, Sarah and Michael and their families. Maggie was a beautiful, kind lady with a amazing voice, who sang like an angel. You will be greatly missed by all.
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