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Mildred Harriett Ellison Cannon was born September 4, 1919, on a farm near Guss, in Taylor County and passed away September 6, 2021, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr at the age of 102.
She was born to Wilbur Clay Ellison and Martha Jane Corbin Ellison. Mildred joined brothers, Ralph Wilson and Caroll Ellison, and was later joined by sister, Marjorie.
She attended grade school at Skinner country school by her home. When high school began, she rode a horse to New Market, ten miles away. In the winter she would stay at her uncles in New Market so that she wouldn’t have to miss school.
After graduation Mildred taught country school near Sharpsburg for two years. On May 24, 1939, Mildred married Virgil Leroy Cannon in Maryville, MO. She became a homemaker on their farm outside of New Market. Their son, Gerald, was born August 16, 1943.
In 1945 the family moved to Ringgold County. Many good times were shared and memories made with close neighbors and lifelong friends through the years. Mildred loved children. She babysat for friends and neighbors and enjoyed some special summers when her nephews, the Randolph boys, stayed at their farm.
Mildred was a loving grandmother, always encouraging Gregg and Tammy in everything they did and always interested in what they were learning. She took special pride in helping them learn their states and capitals and all of this continued with their families.
Throughout the years Mildred worked the farm census, population census jobs in 1960, 1970 and 1980 and was a Wallaces Farmer Farm Interviewer for several years. It was important to her to do her job well and these particular jobs gave her the opportunity to visit with people, something else she loved to do. Mildred also worked for the Green Thumb program, a job she loved since she was working in the school, which gave her the opportunity to see what the students were learning and to see how education had changed since she taught. She also worked with Innovative Industries Clients, who held a special place in her heart.
Mildred took great pride and joy in her work as a 4-H leader and enjoyed exhibits at the fair, always encouraging the family to participate. For many years she enjoyed a monthly friends club, Women’s UMW and being a member of Methodist Church.
Mildred was an avid reader and writer. She especially loved writing and sharing poems. She participated in a college writing class at the young age of 80.
She in preceded in death by her husband Virgil; son, Gerald, and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Cannon.
Left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren, Gregg (Debbie) Cannon, Tammy James; great grandchildren; Courtney (Austin) Adams, Brett (Amanda) Cannon and Jena James; great-great grandchildren; Ashtyn Werner, Weston, Ellison and Mason Adams; Ryann and Brooks Cannon; special family member, Karen Pettinger, and family and a host of nieces, nephews and friends, including long-time friend and neighbor, Lavena Wimer.
Open visitation will be held at Armstrong Funeral Home on Friday, September 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating will be Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Music will be “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Drew Ingram and “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder” on C.D.
Casketbearers will be Brett Cannon, Austin Adams, Brandon Sharp, Aaron Sharp, Kirk Golliday and Drew Ingram.
Honorary casketbearers will be Ron Randolph, Jim Randolph, Dennis Randolph, Lonnie Sharp, Billy Wimer, Joe Routh, Matt Routh and Jerry Wimer.
Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, IA.

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