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Marion Elaine Allenspach was born May 7, 1927 in Lynton Devonshire England and passed away at the age of 92 years, 10 months and 13 days at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Marion lived in Lynton England, the only child of Walter and Lucy. She attended school through high school and later went to college beauty school. When WWII was active, Marion went to London and helped in the soup kitchen. That is where she met Glen Swank. They were married November 10, 1945. Glen returned to the states after the war and Marion came over on a ship expecting their first child. They made their first home with Lewis and Lottie Swank. They were married 42 years.
Marion Swank married Byron Hervey, owner of Hervey Implement in Keosauqua, IA, in 1997. They were married until Byron passed away December 21, 2010. They lived in Keosauqua until Byron’s health failed; then they moved to Mount Ayr where Byron was in the nursing home. Marion was in assisted living and later Clearview Nursing Home.
She was a very brave sole to leave her family and move to a strange country with isolation on the farm; with no running water and cooking and heating with wood and such.
Marion was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Mount Ayr on May 5, 1957. She believed in her Savior Jesus Christ.
Marion enjoyed visiting with neighbors. She loved dancing and listening to grandson, Billy Hightshoe’s, band for several years. She worked in factories in Leon, Bedford and Mount Ayr. She sold Avon and later worked in the kitchen at Clearview.
Those left to cherish her memory are daughter, Shirley (David) Hightshoe of Mount Ayr, sons, Stephen Swank of Pacific Palisades, CA and Kenneth (Jeanne) Swank of Monett, MO., grandchildren, Billy (Leena) Hightshoe of Kellerton, IA., Daniel (Larissa) Swank of Issaquah, WA, Hilary (Philip) Swank Schneider of Pacific Palisades, CA, Sarah (Ryan) Bracht of Mt. Vernon, MO., step-children, Kathy (Francis) Horn of Fairfield, IA., Marshia (Bruce) Mosena of Bella Vista, AR, Randy (Susan Mosinski) Hervey of Keosauqua, IA., Kevin (Gayle) Hervey of Keosauqua, IA., Carol Hervey of Birmingham, IA.; also lots of step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; Aunt Winnie; five brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; one step-son; great granddaughter, Hanna Swank; nephew, Donald Swank; niece, Mary Ellen; and several cousins.
Services were at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Mike Maddy.
Organist was Nancy Sackett.
Songs were “When I Get Where I’m Going”, “What A Day That Will Be” and “I Won’t Have To Worry Anymore”.
Casketbearers were Bill Hightshoe, Hilary Swank, Brett Hightshoe, Brysen Hightshoe, Braxton Hightshoe and Bridgette Hightshoe.
Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, IA.
Memorial fund to the Deacon’s Fund at UBPC Church and EveryStep Hospice in Mount. Ayr.