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George Dailey

September 18, 1923 - February 6, 2016

George passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. His obituary will be added when completed.
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Frances Saltzman

July 26, 1917 - February 3, 2016

Frances Jeanette Sheumaker Saltzman passed away on February 3, 2016 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Frances was born on July 26, 1917 to Roy and Goldia Sheumaker on a homestead near Malta, Montana. The family remained in Montana for 10 years and then moved to the Redding, Iowa area where she attended school through 8th grade. She then attended Mount Ayr High School and graduated in 1936...
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Amon Hunt

February 24, 1925 - January 29, 2016

Amon Lee Hunt, son of George and Orilla Hunt, was born February 24, 1925 on the family farm in Worth County Missouri. He departed this life on January 29, 2016 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. On October 21, 1944 he married Lois Randolph. To this union five children were born: Kenneth, Keith, Margaret, Marjorie, and Rebecca (deceased). Amon spent his life farming in southern...
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Virginia Stephenson

January 7, 1929 - January 23, 2016

Virginia Ann (Barnes) Stephenson, age 87, was born January 7, 1929 near Denver, Missouri to the late Wayne and Audene Barnes. She passed away January 23, 2016 at the Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City, Missouri. Virginia owned and operated the Dairy Sweet in Mount Ayr for several years. She was also a nursing assistant at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr in addition to...
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Lois Smith

November 3, 1931 - January 23, 2016

Lois Elaine Bierlein Smith was born in her parent's farm home in Harrison County, Missouri, near Andover, on November 3, 1931 to Jacob and Bertha Stoll Bierlein. She departed this life January 23, 2016 at Oakridge Nursing Home in Plattsburg, Missouri. Lois completed Jake and Bertha's family being welcomed by her big brother, Don. Bertha was happy as she dearly wanted a little girl. Lois...
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Loren Spencer Elliott

March 16, 1923 - January 22, 2016

Loren Spencer Elliott, son of Mark and Ilah Malinda (Spencer) Elliott, was born March 16, 1923 on his parent's farm in Rice Township, Ringgold County, Iowa. Loren was a twin to Lois. Loren graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1941. He worked for a short time at Mt. Ayr Security State Bank. He was involved in Mount Ayr High 4-H and FFA farm projects. He attended Iowa State College on a Sears...
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Chester V. "Chet" Munyon

December 22, 1931 - January 18, 2016

Chester Vane Munyon was born December 22nd, 1931 to Merle Mary Munyon in Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa. He graduated from Kellerton High School in 1950. He worked for Powers Produce through high school and after graduation. In 1951 he joined the United States Air Force in support of the Korean War effort. On February 14, 1954 he married Norma Jean Reed in Kellerton, Iowa. During his...
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Ruth M. Saville

October 25, 1928 - January 16, 2016

Ruth Marie Downing, daughter of Anna Lela Huff and Joseph Beryl Downing was born in Worth County, MO on a farm they named the White House on October 25, 1928. She went home to heaven at the Ringgold County Hospital on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the age of 87 years, 2 months, and 22 days. Her long life can be attributed to her deep faith in the Lord and an ornery, stubborn attitude! Ruth...
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Virginia "Ginny" Mae Richards

October 28, 1938 - January 15, 2016

Virginia Mae (Bowman) Richards was born on October 28, 1938 on a farm near Stanton, Iowa to Charles L. and Dorothy (Brees) Bowman. She was the oldest of five children. During Virginia's school years her family lived in the Red Oak and Stanton area. She attended country school through the sixth grade. Then attended Stanton School then Red Oak High School until the her sophomore year. Virginia...
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Nick Grose

March 3, 1985 - January 10, 2016

Nick's story began like most stories do, March 3, 1985, with two anxious parents at a bustling hospital in Casper, Wyoming. From there the commonality of Nick's story with others diverges into his own unique journey. His arrival was early, impatient in true Nicholas Daniel fashion, eager to meet his parents, Kenny (New Cambria, MO) and Brenda, (Mount Ayr) and two siblings, Niccole (Swank) and...
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Darlene Minnick

February 26, 1930 - January 9, 2016

Darlene Frances (Black) Minnick was born February 26, 1930 to Frank and Harriet (Lane) Black in Webb, Iowa. Welcoming Darlene to the family were her sisters Kay, Maxine and Joyce. The girls were later joined by sister Betty. Darlene attended school through the 8th grade. After finishing 8th grade, Darlene began her long life of working. She worked several jobs in her lifetime. Some of...
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Naomi Been

July 23, 1927 - January 2, 2016

Naomi Leontine (Minnick) Been, 88, passed away January 2, 2016 surrounded by loved ones at the Des Moines Mercy West Lakes Hospital. Services will be held at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, Iowa with visitation Tuesday, January 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. and the funeral service on Wednesday, January 6 at 10:00 a.m. There will be a visitation at Watson-Armstrong...
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Doris South

July 1, 1914 - January 1, 2016

Doris Elfreda (Jarvis) South was born July 1, 1914 in Carnigee, Oklahoma. While still a baby, her family moved to the Maloy, Iowa area where she grew up along with her six brothers and sisters. She was the daughter of James & Mary Belle (Fertig) Jarvis. Older brothers were James Eldon Jarvis, Phillip Howard Jarvis; sisters were Fern Authula (Jarvis) Quick, Florence Irene (Jarvis) Richmond German,...
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Elmer Baker

October 20, 1941 - December 28, 2015

Elmer Eugene Baker was born October 20, 1941 in Mount Ayr on the family farm to Doyle and Laura (Barchus) Baker. He attended Mount Ayr Schools. On December 24, 1958 Elmer married Lois Janette Hays and to this union two daughters were born, Debra Lynette and Dixie Lea. They later divorced. On June 15, 1974 Elmer was united in marriage to Mary Jo (Brown) Herring and three children, Rhonda...
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John Holmes

August 24, 1947 - December 28, 2015

John Wilson Holmes of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, passed away at the Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston, Iowa on December 28, 2015, at the age of sixty-eight years. John was born in Kellerton, Iowa, on August 24, 1947, to the union of Wilson Henry Holmes and Amy Ruth (Dady) Holmes. He attended the Kellerton Elementary School. Being the youngest of four children, Johnny was the apple of his family's...
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Dorothy Sobotka

September 30, 1920 - December 22, 2015

Dorothy Irene Sobotka was born September 30, 1920 at the family home south of Diagonal to Otto and Albena (Jezek) Sobotka and passed away December 22, 2015 at the Mount Ayr Healthcare Center. Dorothy attended school until sixth grade in Diagonal then went to Siloam Country School until eighth grade. Dorothy had many memories of those trips to and from school. Mud roads and traveling to and...
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Edith Wood

July 24, 1914 - December 21, 2015

Edith L. Wood, formerly of Tingley, Iowa passed away December 20, 2015 at Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr at the age of 101. She was born July 24, 1914 in Good Hope, Missouri to Alvah and Laura Hammond. She married her husband, Keith, in November of 1939. To this union three children were born: Sandra (Leland) Dolecheck of Osceola, IA, Barbara (Don) Corll of Estero, FL and Terry (Cindy) Wood of...
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Patricia Scott Braby

July 31, 1937 - December 20, 2015

**DUE TO BAD WEATHER ON MONDAY, PAT'S SERVICES HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 2016 AT 1:00 p.m..** Patricia Lee Rusk was born July 31, 1937 in Mount Ayr, Iowa to Earl and Opal (Ceciel) Rusk. Pat grew up in Mount Ayr and graduated from Mount Ayr High School. On December 30, 1956 she was united in marriage to Kenny Scott. To this union four boys were born, Jackson, James,...
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Barbara S. Novak

October 25, 1917 - December 15, 2015

Barbara passed away December 15, 2015 in Sterling, Virginia. Barbara is the wife of Robert Novak formerly of Ringgold County, Iowa. Graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 21, 2015 at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Maloy.
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Paul Campbell

January 11, 1919 - December 13, 2015

Paul Vere Campbell was born January 11, 1919. He was the ninth of ten children born to Frank Campbell and Mary Elizabeth (Kauble) Campbell of Athelston, Iowa. He had fond memories of his father who died when Paul was only eight. His mother moved to Blockton with her three youngest children and Paul left school in his early teens to help support his mother and family. He remained very close with...
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Judy Hansell

January 7, 1944 - December 11, 2015

Judy Ann Hansell, 71, of Creston, passed away December 11, 2015 at Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell, Iowa. Judy was born January 7, 1944 at the hospital in Creston, Iowa to Ivan and Arlene (Shrimpton) Hansell. Judy grew up at Diagonal and while attending school, she was a member of the student council and was the prom queen. Judy graduated from Diagonal High School in 1963....
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Ivan C. Groff

June 3, 1925 - December 5, 2015

Ivan Clifford Groff, son of Harold Groff and Ruby (Hardisty) Groff, was born June 3, 1925 on the family farm in Taylor, County. Ivan departed this life on December 5, 2015 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center due to suffering several strokes. He grew up in the Corning, Carl, and Brooks area, attending country schools and Corning High School. Ivan was drafted at age 18, October 15, 1943,...
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Rhoda Johnston

December 27, 1919 - December 2, 2015

Rhoda Lois Baker Johnston was born December 27, 1919, near Blunt, South Dakota, one of seven children of Edward and Lena Baker. In 1920 the family moved to the Clearfield area to reside again on the Baker farm. Rhoda graduated from Clearfield High School in 1938, and began in-home care for Estes Johnston in Veril Johnston's home. Thus began the courtship of Vern and Rhoda Johnston. On March 8...
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Janice Lindeman

July 15, 1941 - November 28, 2015

Janice Jean Lindeman, daughter of Morris Joseph LaVern & Laura Gweneth (Morgan) Carlson, was born July 15, 1941 in the Ogden Hospital in Ogden, Iowa. Janice was raised in Boone County. She began her education in a country school and finished by graduating from Ogden High School. Janice married Harold Lindeman in Story County, Iowa in 1962. They farmed in Story County until moving to Ringgold...
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Vernon "Sonny" King

January 8, 1941 - November 28, 2015

Vernon "Sonny" King, son of Glen & Mary (Stringham) King, was born January 8, 1941 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Sonny graduated from high school. He served his country in the US Army for 3 years and 6 months. He was with John Deere in Afton and had his own construction company. Sonny passed away November 28, 2015 at Creston Specialty Care in Creston, Iowa. Survivors include a brother and many...
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Lee Faris

July 8, 1936 - November 26, 2015

Everett Lee Faris, 79, passed away on Thursday morning, November 26, 2015 at the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Lee was born July 8, 1936 at home to Wilbur and Eva Sawyer Faris near Mount Ayr. Lee attended country school and then graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1954. During high school, he was active in 4-H and FFA. He earned the National Farmers Degree in FFA and...
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Marjorie Pauline (Fisher) McFarland

June 23, 1922 - November 20, 2015

Marjorie Pauline Fisher McFarland, daughter of Keith and Inez Fisher, was born June 23, 1922 near Redding, Iowa and departed this life November 20, 2015 at the age of 93. On August 16, 1941 she was united in marriage with John H. McFarland in St. Joseph, Missouri. To this union were born two children, a daughter, Melanie Lane (Marvin) of Overland Park, Kansas and a son, John Keith (Katherine)...
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Dorothy Clough

September 13, 1941 - November 13, 2015

Dorothy Clough, 74, was born September 13, 1941 at Shenandoah, Iowa to Cecil and Mary Hummel Dukeshier. As the result of a bad fall due to the effects of Alzheimer's, Dorothy became a resident of Clearview Home in Mount Ayr and she passed away there on November 13, 2015. Dorothy married Al Clough on August 6, 1960 at Grace Methodist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. They lived a few years in...
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Marvin Wyer

September 22, 1937 - November 4, 2015

Marvin Dale Wyer was born September 22, 1937 to John & May (Wickman) Wyer. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on November 4, 2015 at the age of 78. Marvin attended Neiger Country School near Denver, Missouri and later received his G.E.D. Marvin worked for several farmers until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in February 1957. Marvin was united in marriage to Ann...
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Naomi R. Hosfield

June 18, 1933 - November 3, 2015

Naomi Ruth Robison was born June 18, 1933, to Forrest David Robison and Lily Adalene Trisler Robison, in Ellston, Iowa and departed this life on November 3, 2015, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. On February 26, 1952, Naomi Ruth Robison married George Allan Hosfield, the youngest of four sons, born to Guy Livingston Hosfield and Lena Ellen (Pieper) Hosfield at the Tingley...
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John R. Kelley

March 13, 1941 - November 1, 2015

Dr. John R. Kelley, 74, of Marion, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. John was born to Dale and Catherine Kelley on March 13, 1941 in Hepburn, Iowa. He was baptized in the Methodist Church. After a few moves, his parents bought a farm near Graham, Missouri. John was in sixth grade at the time and his younger, and only sibling, Jerry, was in third...
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Socorro Waugh

February 18, 1925 - October 28, 2015

Socorro Pulido Waugh was born on February 18, 1925 to Maria Ramirez, in Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico. Her childhood years were spent growing up and attending school in this village while working alongside her mother as household staff for an affluent family. In 1947, Socorro left her mother and her home and traveled 440 miles to Monterrey, Mexico to take advantage of an opportunity to attend...
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Ronald D. Abbott

February 13, 1938 - October 28, 2015

Ronald "Ron" Dwaine Abbott, 77, of Diagonal, Iowa, passed away, Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Des Monies, Iowa. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 31 at the Church of Diagonal, 400 Adams St., Diagonal, IA 50845. Lunch will be served after the service. Memorials may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ron was born February 13, 1938 in Union...
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Lloyd Miller

April 20, 1942 - October 23, 2015

Sheridan Lloyd Miller, 20 April 1942 - 23 October 2015. "Bub" as he is affectionately known by siblings lead a full and remarkable life. He grew up in a single family home to mother Cora Miller along with his one brother Ronald "Buck" Miller and his four sisters Martha "Sis" Miller (Williams), Rosalie "Rosey" Miller, Donna Miller and Janet "Toot" Miller (Reidy). Lloyd, as he preferred to...
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Julia A. Stephens

February 12, 1948 - October 7, 2015

Julia Ann (Haley) Stephens was born February 12, 1948, in Creston, Iowa, to James Calvin Haley and Dorotha Olive (Lane) Haley. Julia passed away October 7, 2015, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa, at the age of 67. Julia graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1966. She was united in marriage to Donald Lee Stephens at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr on December 19,...
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John Stephens

July 26, 1941 - September 25, 2015

John E. Stephens, son of Dwight F. & Mary B. (Brown) Stephens, was born July 26, 1941, on the farm that his great grandfather homesteaded, south of Mount Ayr, Iowa. The family moved to Martensdale, Iowa where John graduated from high school. John served in the US Navy from October 26, 1959 until October 25, 1963 when he entered the Navy Reserves; receiving an honorable discharge in 1981....
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Kathryn R. Chartrand

December 22, 1927 - September 23, 2015

Kathryn Ruth (Faust) Chartrand was born December 22, 1927 to Ruth Louise (Linn) Faust and John Edward Faust in Winterset, Iowa. She was the baby of the family joining her parents and two brothers, Claire and Howard. Kathryn passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Mount Ayr Healthcare Center. Kathryn lived on the farm until the 3rd grade when her family moved into Winterset. She...
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Glenn I. Gardner

June 5, 1920 - September 21, 2015

Glenn Ivan Gardner, 95, died peacefully at the Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston, Iowa, on September 21, 2015. He was born June 5, 1920 in Ringgold County near Tingley, Iowa to Roy and Madge Gardner. He graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1938. After high school he worked on the family farm and as a farmhand near Tipton, Iowa. He then joined his uncle in the construction of power...
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Opal Oveda Watson

May 21, 1933 - September 12, 2015

Opal Oveda (Hall) Watson, 82, daughter of Albert Milton Hall and Cora Amanda (Fertig) Hall, was born on May 21, 1933 at home in rural Ringgold Co., Iowa. Oveda passed away from this life September 12, 2015 at the Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston. Oveda grew up in Ringgold Co., Iowa. She graduated from Benton Community High School in 1950. She was an outstanding basketball player...
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Lowell Hickman

August 24, 1929 - September 8, 2015

Melvin Lowell Hickman, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, after a short illness. Lowell was born Aug. 24, 1929, to Charles W. and Edith Liese Hickman in Lafayette County, Mo. He graduated from Corder, Mo., High School in 1949. He and Janet Hudson were married Aug. 25, 1957, in the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church. Their son, Mark, was born Feb. 21,...
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Virginia M Sharp

July 26, 1934 - September 6, 2015

Virginia Mae Sharp, daughter of Fred & Cordia (Jones) Jeter, was born July 26, 1934 in Harrison County, Missouri. Virginia married Lyle Sharp and to this marriage was born one son, Lonnie. They would later divorce. Virginia was known as Ginny to close friends and family. In her adult life, Virginia lived in Bedford, Cresco and Mount Ayr, Iowa. She worked at Hy-Vee in the meat dept. and as a...
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Duane Blades

March 30, 1956 - August 31, 2015

Duane Allen Blades, son of Harold Roger & Vera May (Jimmerson) Blades, was born March 30, 1956 in the Decatur County Hospital in Leon. The family soon moved to Mount Ayr where Duane would live his life. Duane was always a winner, even at an early age, when he won photography contests. This set the stage for many accomplishments including sports in high school, with wrestling being his sport of...
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John Larson, Jr.

May 8, 1975 - August 29, 2015

John Larson, Jr was born May 8, 1975 in Juneau, Alaska to Catherine Helene Larson. John passed away on August 29, 2015 in Lake Stevens, Washington. John was greeted home by an older sister, Tami, and later a younger sister, Cindi Jo, and a brother, Fredrick. John and his family moved from Juneau, Alaska to Kellerton, Iowa in 1980. John graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1994. John...
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Nioma Gaule

October 20, 1923 - August 29, 2015

Nioma Gaule passed away August 29, 2015 at Clearview Home in Clearfield, IA at the age of 91. Nioma Lane, the first of three children, was born October 20, 1923 to Isaac Reuben and Almina Baker Lane on a farm 1 mile East on the cemetery road and 2¾ miles North of Clearfield, IA. She attended Clearfield Community Schools, graduating with the class of 1941, where she enjoyed singing and playing...
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Maxine (Barnett) Norris

April 15, 1918 - August 22, 2015

Maxine (Barnett) Norris passed away August 22 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She will be missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and B.K. Showalter and her large and extended family, many friends, and former students. At her request, there will be no services. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Mount Ayr Library or Creston Gibson Memorial Library.
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Ronald Simpson

December 28, 1939 - August 17, 2015

Ronald A Simpson was born on December 28, 1939 in Creston, Iowa to Rex A and Helen Mickle Simpson. He passed away on August 17, 2015 at the age of 75. Ron graduated from Shannon City High School in May of 1957 and attended Iowa State University. He lived his entire life on the family farm outside of Shannon City, farming and dairying, first with his dad, Rex A, and family and later with his...
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Lawrence Tony Driskill

July 11, 1932 - August 16, 2015

Lawrence "Tony" Driskill, age 83, of Tingley passed away Sunday, August 16 . Tony was born on July 11, 1932 in Decatur County, Iowa to parents Martin and Evelyn Goodwin Driskill. Tony graduated from Shannon City High School in 1950. Immediately following graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force and became an Air Policeman. During his tour in the Korean War, he kept in constant touch with...
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James Norman Hale

February 7, 1940 - August 13, 2015

James Norman Hale, 75, of Orlando, Florida, passed away August 13, 2015 at his home in Orlando. Jim, son of Lorene Hale Brenizer and Glen Rupert Hale, was born February 7, 1940 in Mount Ayr. Jim graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School and would later earn his Associates Degree from SWCC in Creston. Soon after graduating from high school, Jim joined the US Navy. He met and married...
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Eric Melvin Fuller

May 10, 2006 - August 12, 2015

Eric Melvin Fuller, son of Mickey Joe & Kimberly Rae (Handy) Fuller, was born May 10, 2006 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Eric along with mom, dad, and his sister Lilly, moved to Kellerton about 3 years ago. Eric completed third grade at Mount Ayr Elementary School. Eric was active in Cub Scout Troop #39 in Mount Ayr and he aspired to be in the military. Eric loved to be outdoors....
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Oleeta Scott

July 2, 1921 - August 9, 2015

Oleeta Mae Scott, daughter of Alfred and Marie (Parrot) Weese, was born July 2, 1921 at Gentryville, Missouri. Oleeta married James Eldon Scott and to this union one daughter, Ina Lee, was born. After James passed away, Oleeta married Richard D. Scott. Oleeta and Richard lived in Maysville, Missouri for 19 years before moving to Mount Ayr in 2005. Oleeta was a homemaker. She kept a...
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Edward Schirm

October 20, 1963 - August 6, 2015

Edward Lawrence "Ed" Schirm of Citrus Springs, Florida, was born October 20, 1963 in Creston, Iowa, to the proud parents Rev. Harold Edward & Lena Mae "Lea" (Weaklend) Schirm. He was welcomed home by his big sisters Suzanne and Kathryn. Four years later, little sister Sharon was born and completed the family. Being a preachers kid meant Ed attended several schools over the years: Paton-Churdan...
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Wayne George

December 22, 1930 - August 2, 2015

Robert Wayne George left this world on August 2, 2015, with is loving wife of 64 years at his side and surrounded by his family. Wayne, as he was called, was born December 22, 1930 at his family home north of Kellerton, IA. He was the son of Robert William & Ethyle Marie (Mitchell) George. Wayne was later joined by a little sister, Bonnie Marie. Wayne met the love of his life, Theda JoAnn...
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Louise Ann Sackett

December 31, 1942 - July 17, 2015

Louise Ann (Burchett) Sackett was born December 31, 1942, in Leon, Iowa, to William Allen and Inez Mary (Jones) Burchett. She grew up in Ringgold County and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1961. On September 23, 1961, Louise was united in marriage to Larry Joe Sackett at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. To this union two children were born, Randy Joe and Laurie Suzanne....
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John David Walkup

March 4, 1957 - July 16, 2015

John David Walkup, son of Annabel (Haidsiak) and Harold John Walkup, was born March 4, 1957 in the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Two older brothers, Mike (6) and Dale (4) welcomed and loved him. John David received his formal education in Mount Ayr Community Schools. He graduated from Mount Ayr in 1975. Because he was hospitalized, he was unable to attend his 40th class reunion....
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LaViece Barker

February 27, 1920 - July 12, 2015

Vera LaViece (Main) Barker, (known to everyone as LaViece), was born on February 27, 1920 on the Main family farm in Liberty Township in Ringgold County Iowa. She was one of 11 children born to the late Corwin Ernest Main and Mabel Mae (Wood) Main. She attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1938, having the honor of being the class...
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Joyce Estes-Andrews

September 21, 1942 - July 9, 2015

Joyce Ann Estes-Andrews, daughter of Katherine D. Raymo and Charles R. Allen, was born September 21, 1942 in Chillicothe, Missouri. Joyce grew up around Chillicothe & Trenton, Missouri, graduating from high school in Weston, Missouri in 1961. On July 10, 1961, she married David Estes, Sr. in Platte City, MO. Joyce drove a truck with David and they traveled with the carnivals. Joyce and...
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Colleen Knight

August 22, 1927 - July 3, 2015

Colleen was born August 22, 1927 in Promise City, Iowa to Corydon Minor and Lora Anderson. She had six siblings: Enid, Ellis, Clare, Karolyn, Fra and Naomi (who died as an infant). As a child Colleen was blessed with a beautiful voice. At the age of 2 she could sing 32 songs and was inducted into Ripley's Believe It or Not for her special gifted voice as the "Child Wonder". She also knew...
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Kenny Markley

January 31, 1948 - July 3, 2015

Kenny Michael Markley, son of Kenneth Kyle and Lillian Catherine (Novak) Markley, was born January 31, 1948 at Greater Community Hospital in Creston, Iowa. Ken grew up in Mount Ayr and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1966. He furthered his education at Creston Community College and transferred to Graceland University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Physical Education. Ken...
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Paul J. Smith

September 5, 1923 - June 30, 2015

Faith, family, friends and farming… that was Paul Smith. Paul Jennings Smith passed away June 30, 2015 at the Mt. Ayr Healthcare Center in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Paul Jennings Smith, son of Bertha Johanna (Jennings) and Samuel Jesse Smith, was born September 5, 1923 on the family farm near Blockton, Iowa. Paul loved living on the farm and enjoyed teasing his two older sisters, Maxine and Gayle. ...
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Lillie Matlage

December 21, 1932 - June 28, 2015

Lillie Marie Matlage, the 12th child born to Earl and Lillie (Pearson) Dawson, was born December 21, 1932 at home in Des Moines, Iowa. Lillie grew up on the southeast side of Des Moines and graduated from Lincoln High School. Soon after graduating, Lillie met Clem Edward Matlage while he was home on leave from the US Navy. Lillie and Clem were united in marriage on September 30, 1950 in Des...
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John R. Brown

February 27, 1945 - June 6, 2015

John Rolla Brown, the fourth child of Leonard and Arlie May Brown was born on February 27, 1945 in Loveland, Colorado. The family moved back to the Grand River area soon after, where he lived until he was a young man. When John was 5 years old, after returning home from his first day of Kindergarten, he was playing with matches and set a leaf pile on fire. He rode his little red wagon...
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Gilbert "Bill" Webb

December 5, 1926 - June 5, 2015

Gilbert "Bill" Samuel Webb, Jr. was born December 5, 1926, on a farm near Mt. Ayr, Iowa to Gilbert and Edna (Surface) Webb. Bill went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2015, at the age of 88. Gilbert attended school at Shannon City, Iowa through the 7th grade and then attended 8th grade at a country school called Silver Point. In 1946, he graduated from Mt. Ayr High School. Following graduation...
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Ray Uresk

July 9, 1951 - June 4, 2015

Raymond Edward "Ray" Uresk was born on July 9, 1951 to Raymond D. and Marguerite (Marks) Uresk in Kingston, New York. Ray joined the United States Air Force in 1971 and was honorably discharged in 1974. During his service he married Shirlene Love and they settled in Cheyenne, Wyoming. To this marriage, there were three children; Teri, Dia, and Jason. In 1987 Ray married Gerri, and together...
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Wayne McGehee

June 9, 1920 - May 28, 2015

Charles Wayne McGehee, 94, of Mount Ayr, passed away on May 28, 2015 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Wayne was born June 9, 1920 in Ringgold County, Iowa, the son of Ward and Lotte (Dugan) McGehee. He graduated from Tingley High School in 1939. He enlisted in the Army in 1941, stationed in Panama as a surgical technician and working with the Peacekeeping unit. He was discharged in 1945....
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Jeff White

October 3, 1962 - May 27, 2015

Jeffrey Lynn White, son of Raymond C. & Imogene (Eastland) White, was born October 3, 1962 at Omaha, Nebraska. Jeff was raised on a farm southeast of Mount Ayr. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1981. He enjoyed farming and working with horses. When he did get off the farm, he took his pride and joy, his '72 Chevy Camaro, to town. Jeff worked for his dad at the family body shop and...
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Martha Routh

May 31, 1926 - May 25, 2015

Martha Louise (Bower) Routh, 88, died on May 25, 2015 at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Martha was born May 31, 1926 to Guy and Ethel (Patch) Bower in Bedford, Iowa. She graduated from Clearfield High School in Clearfield, Iowa. On December 1, 1946, she was united in marriage to Donald (Mick) Routh in Troy, Kansas. They had two sons, Donald, Jr. and Robert (Bob). Mick and...
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Arlene Hansell

January 28, 1925 - May 22, 2015

Arlene Hansell, 90, of Mount Ayr passed away at the Mount Ayr Healthcare Center on Friday, May 22, 2015. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Diagonal Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com. Arlene Shrimpton was born January 28, 1925 to John Orville Shrimpton and Ida Thelma (Britt) Shrimpton in Villisca, Iowa. Arlene...
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Patricia JoAnn Callies

June 11, 1935 - May 22, 2015

Patricia JoAnn (Pohlman) Callies, daughter of Mary Margaret (Lavus) Pohlman and Clyde L. Pohlman, was born June 11, 1935 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She attended school in Eagle Grove. Patricia married Herbert Dwain Callies on June 6, 1962 in Miami, OK. In 1972, the family moved from Kansas City, MO to a farm southeast of Clearfield where Dwain farmed and raised cattle in addition to his excavating...
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Donald Bear

October 13, 1932 - May 16, 2015

Donald Gene Bear, son of Glenn and Eula (Brockway) Bear, was born at home in Monroe Township, Ringgold County, Iowa on October 13, 1932. Don graduated from high school in Archie, Missouri in 1950. Shortly after, he returned to Ringgold County and helped his dad farm. Don began a long and rewarding career with the United States Air Force. He served his country for 26 years. Some of the bases...
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Gene Motsinger

February 24, 1929 - May 9, 2015

Lloyd Eugene Motsinger, better known as Gene, was born just across the Missouri line in Iowa on February 24, 1929. He was the sixth child born to Albert Leander and Eunice Ellen (Hardy) Motsinger. Gene grew up in this area helping farm and attending Jackson school and Chestnut Ridge. Gene joined the U.S. Army on January 10, 1956 and was stationed in Germany. Gene married Bertha May Brown on...
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Dwayne Mead

May 9, 1920 - May 8, 2015

Dwayne Mead the adopted son of Lucius Orville Mead and Ethel Traver Mead was born May 9, 1920 in Iowa City, Iowa. A veteran of World War II he served in the Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres. He was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Pearce in Des Moines, Iowa. From this union was born two sons, Dwayne Dennis in 1949 and Brian Douglas in 1952. Dwayne passed away at the...
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Dean Goodman

February 16, 1926 - May 1, 2015

Dean L. Goodman, son of John & Charity (Garner) Goodman, was born February 16, 1926 at home, west of Diagonal, Iowa. Dean graduated from Creston High School in 1944. In 1950, he was united marriage to Anna Rose Bolton in Afton, Iowa. Dean worked several years on road construction. He was a mechanic and also operated the machinery paving roads. Dean and Anna Rose raised their children on a...
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Loreen Reed

October 10, 1922 - April 30, 2015

Loreen Bartrona Reed, daughter of Benjamin and Clara Belle (Critchfield) Scadden, was born October 10, 1922 at home in Boyd County, Nebraska. On September 20, 1940, Loreen was united in marriage to Oscar C. Reed in Osceola, Iowa. To this marriage, four children were born: Donna, Judy, Bonnie, and Gene. Loreen was baptized on April 20, 2003. She was a member of The Kellerton Family Worship...
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Ruth Egly

January 15, 1925 - April 30, 2015

Ruth Hazel Stewart Egly was born at home in Ellston, Iowa on January 15, 1925 to Lela Viola Olson Stewart and Amos Ray Stewart and departed this life on April 30, 2015. She was welcomed by three brothers: Thomas Vaughn, Aden Rae, Charles Eugene and one sister, Nieda Marie and was later baptized at the Ellston Methodist Church. When Ruth was five years of age, her family moved to a farm near...
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Jenine Vice

September 19, 1959 - April 27, 2015

Helen Jenine Vice was born on September 19, 1959, in Burlington, Iowa, to George and Shirley (Scott) Vice. She was welcomed by older sister, Peggy. Jenine passed away on April 27, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, after a sudden illness took her life. Jenine started elementary school in the Blakesburg, Iowa schools. In 1970, the family moved to Mount Ayr and Jenine graduated with the...
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Juanita Matthews

January 22, 1923 - April 27, 2015

Juanita Marie (Morrow) Matthews was one of ten children of Ervin Edward Morrow and Ethel Mae (Strong) Morrow. She was born January 22, 1923 in Diagonal, Iowa and graduated from Diagonal High School in 1940. On March 17, 1941 she was united in marriage to Carrol Perry Mathews of Clearfield, Iowa in Gallatin, Missouri. To this union a son Robert Edward and one daughter Janis Elaine were born. ...
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Richard Franklin

April 27, 2015

Master Chief Petty Officer Richard Dwain Franklin, U.S. Navy (Retired), passed from this life on April 27, 2015 at the age of 84. He was born in Union County to Orville and Frances (Shifflett) Franklin, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Mildred (Keller) Franklin, his daughter Monica and husband Gary Patience of Windsor Heights, daughter Lori Franklin of Mount Ayr, son...
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Eileen Mason

July 17, 1934 - April 24, 2015

Eileen Mason, daughter of Ralph F. & Helen Lucille (Clouse) Pritchett, was born July 17, 1934 at home in rural Diagonal, Iowa. The family moved to the Delphos area and Eileen graduated from Delphos High School. Eileen moved to Longmont, Colorado in 1954 where she lived until 1990. She was a bookeeper and worked at Sullivan Drug Company, JC Penney Company, and Slack-Horner Foundry company....
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Jim Ruby

September 30, 1942 - April 22, 2015

James Doyle Ruby, son of Doyle Warren & Betty Jo (French) Ruby, was born September 30, 1942 at Kellerton, Iowa. Jim grew up at Diagonal and graduated from Diagonal High School in May of 1961. While in high school, Jim was doing custom baling for area farmers. After graduating from Diagonal, he enrolled in, and completed, auto body repair schooling in Omaha, NE. Soon after, Jim served 6 years...
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Richard Webb

March 4, 1928 - April 12, 2015

Richard Lee Webb was born March 4, 1928 on a farm in Ringgold, County, Iowa to Charlie Dee Webb and Jessie May (Marshall) Webb. He attended country school in Ringgold, County. Richard was united in marriage to Lola Faye Warner on April 9, 1947. To this union were six children, Linda, Shirley, Danny, Judy, Richard E. and David. Richard worked for Billy Finch Produce, Hutchinson Fur and...
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Bill Anderson

September 25, 1927 - April 11, 2015

Bill was born to Wilma Ina Mosley and Kenneth West Anderson in Clarinda, Iowa on September 25th 1927. His parents were divorced when Bill was an infant, and after the divorce, he and his mother lived mostly with his grandparents. He remembered fondly Saturday evenings walking around the town square with his grandfather. When he was 13, his mother married Doctor C.F. Richey of Clarinda. He...
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Marilyn R. Richards

September 3, 1931 - April 10, 2015

Marilyn Rose (Denhart) Richards, daughter of Lloyd James Denhart and Lela Pearl (Blunck) Denhart, was born September 3, 1931 in Mount Ayr, Iowa and passed away on April 10, 2015 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr with her family by her side. Her high school principal told her 'if you look your best, you will act your best.' Marilyn took this advice to lead a life of style and grace. She graduated...
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Junior Dredge

June 23, 1928 - March 31, 2015

Junior Arlen Dredge was born June 23, 1928 in Tingley , Iowa to Arlen Hubert Dredge and Arzetta Colter Dredge and passed away March 31, 2015 at the age of 86. On July 31, 1948 he was united in marriage to Roena Faye Reynolds. This union was blessed with four children, Duane, Donna, Dawnette and Dan. Junior was an area farmer and he loved his cattle. Junior was also a mechanic at several...
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Forest Colt Cropper

May 4, 1992 - March 19, 2015

Forest Colt Cropper was born on the Llano Estacado of Amarillo, Texas on May 4th, 1992 to Sherri Lynn Cropper and Michael Leroy Barnes. Forest grew up with his half siblings near Canyon and Fritch, Texas enjoying family canoe trips and nature exploration at Lake Meredith. After relocating to the Midwest, Forest returned to public school after several years of home schooling to attend school at...
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Marion "Zeke" Stark

July 29, 1938 - March 7, 2015

Marion Lavern Stark, son of Wilbert "Neil" and Goldie (South) Stark, was born on a farm north of Grand River, Iowa on July 29, 1938. Marion better known as "Zeke" to family and friends was raised on farms around Grand River and graduated from Grand River High School. On April 19, 1958, he was united in marriage to Donna Lee Reed and they were able to celebrate 56 years of marriage. ...
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Earl "Peanut" Brand

December 10, 1924 - March 4, 2015

Earl Kenneth Brand was born December 10, 1924 on a farm in Union County to Lewis and Madge Crittenden Brand. He attended country school in Union and Ringgold County. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1943. He took teacher training, passed the state boards, and received his teaching certificate. He didn't begin teaching as this was during WWII and one of his brothers was drafted and...
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Freda Shields

August 30, 1925 - February 22, 2015

Freda Darlene Shields was born August 30, 1925 south of Mount Ayr to Claude (Bill) and Lula (McLain) Shields. She later welcomed younger brother Forrest. Freda attended country school in Caledonia through the 8th grade. She graduated from high school in Delphos in 1943. After graduation, Freda traveled to Des Moines, Iowa where she attended college studying business. While at college she...
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Wayne Ward

December 28, 1959 - February 19, 2015

Rodney Wayne Ward was born December 28, 1959 in Mount Ayr, Iowa to Robert Lawrence and Deloris Marie (Abell) Ward. Wayne graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1978. Wayne was united in marriage to Charlotte Lott on July 18, 1981 in Mt. Ayr. To this union three daughters were born, Natasha, Stacia and Heather. They later divorced. Wayne was a very loving father. He cared for his three...
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Dick Green

October 14, 1938 - February 9, 2015

On October 14th, 1938, Dick Lee Green was born to Jacob Thomas and Neva Pearl Green near Sharpsburg, Iowa. He was the seventh of eight children and spent his growing up years on a farm west of Blockton, Iowa. During his elementary school years, Dick attended school at Athelstan, Iowa. After graduating from eighth grade, he went on to Blockton High School. There he graduated in 1957. The...
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Harold Brown

May 5, 1926 - January 31, 2015

Harold Rawleigh Brown, son of Ellree & Mary (Greenland) Brown, was born May 5, 1926 at Grand River, Iowa. Harold graduated from Grand River High School in 1943. Harold was united in marriage to Eloise Walters on October 7, 1950 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Harold was a lifelong farmer and lived around Tingley all of his adult life. Harold was a man of many interests and loves...
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Richard E. Davison

December 24, 1934 - January 29, 2015

Richard Edwin Davison passed away on January 29, 2015. He was born on December 24, 1934 to Harlan and Hilda (Mendenhall) Davison on a farm west of Hopkins, Missouri. He married Carole Kay Cross on Easter, April 21, 1957 at the Wray Memorial Methodist Church in Hopkins. To this union, four children were born – Diana, Brenda, Rodney and Robert. Richard grew up on the farm and...
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Marjorie Mae Werner

December 4, 1920 - January 24, 2015

Marjorie Werner, 94, of Tingley, Iowa, passed away January 24, 2015, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. She was born December 4, 1920, in Lenox, Iowa, to Joshua "Joker" and Merzetta (Fender) Hillebran. She attended school in Beaconsfield through the 11th grade. She graduated from Tingley High School in 1938. She married Elton Werner on March 16, 1941, in Shannon City,...
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Triston Ackley

August 30, 1998 - January 24, 2015

Triston Wayne Ackley, 16 years old, of Tingley Iowa, was born on August 30, 1998 in Maryville, Missouri and passed away on January 24, 2015. Triston spent the first 5 years growing up in Grant City, Missouri. In September 2003, Jason and Julie combined their families and made their home in Tingley, Iowa. Triston was a sophomore at Mount Ayr Community School. He was active in football,...
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Rebecca Hunt

October 21, 1956 - January 22, 2015

Rebecca June Hunt was born October 21,1956, in Mount Ayr, Iowa at the Ringgold County Hospital to Amon and Lois (Randolph) Hunt. She graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1974. Rebecca attended Southwestern Community College and Graceland University. Her life was full of joy and sorrow. Rebecca married Larry Saville and was filled with the warmth of his love. Rebecca moved to Florida...
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Beulah Hutchinson

October 11, 1935 - January 14, 2015

Beulah C. Hutchinson, daughter of Joe and Betty (Alsbury) Hill, was born October 11, 1935 at the family home just outside Allendale, Missouri in Worth County. Beulah attended rural schools through the Eighth grade and then graduated from Grant City High School in 1953 at the age of 16. The caption under her senior picture stated, "Like a stream bubbling over". The summer that Beulah was 14,...
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Helen Terry

November 16, 1929 - January 11, 2015

Helen C. Terry, of Mt. Ayr, IA died on January 11, 2015, in Des Moines, IA, after a short battle with breast cancer. She was 85. Helen Ann Copenhaver, daughter of Robert George and Mary Loretta (Johnson) Copenhaver, was born in Freeport, IL on November 16, 1929. She was very proud of growing up on the family farm on the outskirts of Polo, IL, where she enjoyed raising and riding horses. She...
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Shirley Miller

March 5, 1929 - January 9, 2015

Shirley Rhea Miller passed away peacefully on January 9, 2015 at Journey Care in Woodstock, Illinois. She was born March 5, 1929 in Amarillo, Texas. Shirley is survived by her brother and best friend, Elbert (Jay) Irving of Afton, Iowa and her three children: Annette Verchota of McHenry, Illinois, Wendy (Don) Eames of Round Rock, Texas, and Timothy (Carmen) Miller of Spring, Texas. Shirley had...
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Hazelee Saxton

January 6, 1946 - January 9, 2015

Hazelee Saxton, 69 of Mount Ayr, Iowa, died on January 9, 2015, at Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr. She was born January 6, 1946, in Shannon City, Iowa to Richard and Bernice O'Dell. She graduated from Grand Valley High School in 1964. She married Larry Saxton in 1965, having three children. They later divorced. Hazelee had worked at Mount Ayr Healthcare Center for a few years, then...
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Valiere Stewart

June 11, 1918 - January 6, 2015

Valiere Stewart, daughter of Floyd & Lela (Whitson) Creveling, was born June 11, 1918 on the family farm south of Ellston, Iowa. She lived most all of her life in this home, with the exception of a few years living within a 2 mile radius. Valiere graduated from Ellston High School in 1936. On August 12, 1936, in Clearfield, Iowa, she was united in marriage to Aden R. Stewart. To this marriage,...
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Lois Pettis Terzis

July 9, 1920 - January 3, 2015

Lois Josephine Pettis Terzis, 94, passed away from complications of influenza on January 3, 2015 in Bay Village, Ohio. A native and proud Iowan, Lois was born to Bessie and Joseph Pettis on the family's farm in Ringgold County on July 9, 1920. She is preceded in death by her parents and her four siblings, brothers Clive and Otto, and sisters Alice Pettis, and Doris (Sug) Johnson. She is survived...
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