Luella Ann Carpenter, 89, of Mount Ayr, Iowa passed away Saturday, January 29, 2011. Luella was born August 22, 1921 in rural Wright county, Iowa to Anna Francis and Ole Albert Olson. She was the only daughter and had four brothers, Darrell, Don, John and Harold.
She lived in Eagle Grove and the Goldfield, Iowa area and attended college in Goldfield.
She married Lionel Calvert Carpenter on April 5, 1942 in Missouri and to this union two sons, Morris and David, were born.
Luella and Lionel farmed in Wisconsin for a time. After returning to Iowa, she worked at several jobs witnessing and cashiering at Five & Dimes. They ran restaurants in Vincent, Blairsburg and Leon, Iowa. She worked at the sewing factory in Leon for a time when she lived in Decatur. They moved to Allerton and she began working at Neely Manufacturing in Corydon until her retirement in 1998.
Because of health reasons she left the Allerton and Corydon communities and lived with her son for two years until she moved to Cleaview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, where she lived until her death.
Luella liked trains and when she was a teenager, she sold newspapers on them. She liked gardening, especially gladiolas. She enjoyed traveling and she and Lionel enjoyed many weekend trips. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lionel, and brothers, Don, John and Harold Olson.
Luella is survived by her brother, Darrell R. Olson, and his wife, Doreen; two sons, Morris and wife Mary and David and wife Sharon; stepson, Harold; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
She loved life and spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Services were held Friday, February 4, 2011, at the Randolph Funeral Home in Corydon with Pastor Leroy Perkins officiating. Musical selections were ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ and ‘Life’s Railway to Heaven.’
Bearers were Sheldon Ross, Taylor Bryant, Jim Bryant, Harold Carpenter, Morris Carpenter, Jr. and Kenton Reed.
Honor bearers included Kenny Bryant, Cody Hughes, Tyler Hughes, Justin Carpenter, Mike Bennett and Jim Donald.
Luella was laid at rest in the Allerton Cemetery in Allerton.