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Ida Beth Toland, age 82, of Washington, Iowa died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the Wapello Nursing and Rehab Center.

A memorial service was held Monday, July 1, 2013, at the United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Stiles officiating. Private family interment took place at the Osceola Cemetery. Memorials have been established for the Children’s Backpack Program or the United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent for Beth’s family through the web at

Beth was born November 7, 1930 in rural Lamoni, Iowa the daughter of Homer and Florence (Bean) Richardson. She attended school in Mount Ayr, Iowa and later graduated from teaching college in Maryville, Missouri. Beth had previously resided in Mount Ayr, Iowa for 17 years and Osceola, Iowa for 20 years. She had been a resident of Washington, Iowa for the last 25 years.

Beth taught at a country school near Lamoni. She had previously worked in Osceola as a bookkeeper in two different stores and later as a convenience store manager for eight years. She most recently worked as a Weight Watchers leader for many years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, T.T.T. Society and PEO.  She was a member of the Methodist Women and served as a Cub Scout leader. She had previously served as a member of the Osceola city council.

Beth was devoted to her husband, Bob, and served as his helpmate throughout their married life.

Beth is survived by son Mark S. Toland and wife Cindy of Des Moines, Iowa; son Neil K. Toland and wife Mary Ann of Wapello, Iowa; grandchildren Jessica Toland of Des Moines, Iowa, Jeremy Toland and wife Britain of Ankeny, Iowa, Josh Toland and wife Megan of Rural Mediapolis, Iowa, Ben Toland of North Liberty, Iowa and Elizabeth Toland of Cedar Falls, Iowa; stepgranddaughter Michelle O’Brien of West Des Moines, Iowa; four great-grandchildren, Jace and Jax Toland and Harper and Megan Toland; brother Bob Richardson and wife Pauline of rural Lamoni, Iowa; sister-in-law Doris Romjue and husband Bruce of Indian Wells, California, and friend Lana Weeks of Carmel, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob, on April 4, 2013, and son, Lynn K. Toland. 

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