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Ava Jenesse (Jenny) Tull, 84, of Tingley, IA passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. She was born on Dec 28, 1936, to Ava and Floyd Overholtzer in Tingley, IA.
Jenny was the wife of Howard Watson Tull, married June 26, 1955, mother, grandmother and a friend to many. She was mother to Jimmy Lee Tull (Debbie Quick), Ava Joyce Frost (Doug Frost) and Jenelle Lynnae Sobotka (Jon Sobotka). She has seven grandchildren Jessie Ann Haidsiak (Josh Haidsiak), James Howard “Toad” Tull (Jennifer Tull), Justin Alan Frost (Jessica Frost), Ava Jolene Frost (Josh Heidtman); Joseph Andrew Sobotka, Jamie Lynnae Graham (Chris Graham), Molly Murphy (Burt Murphy). She has 13 great grandchildren Shad, Jaci and Alee Haidsiak, Ryan Parrott, Blake Butler, Sadie and Dawson Frost, Jaixen, Jaize and Jaiya Frost and Rowen and Holden Murphy. She recently added two great great grandchildren to the family: Knox Allen Parrot and Weston Lee Miller with one more on the way (Shad and Shelbie Haidsiak).
At seven years old, Jenny was hit by a car walking home from school and was lucky to survive. Later she participated with the Tingley girls’ basketball team in two state tournaments – while she was in eighth and tenth grades – coached by the same driver of the car – Coach Obermeier.
In 1961, Howard and Jenny bought his Grandpa Baker’s farm in Diagonal where they raised their three children. As their family grew, they enjoyed many fun activities together, from watching grandchildren at sporting events, deer hunting and hunting wild hogs in Texas and many vacations traveling from Costa Rico to Alaska and from coast to coast with friends and family throughout the years.
Jenny held several jobs in her life but spent many years in factories (first Purolator and then Bunn-O-Matic in Creston, IA.) There she made many friends – she stayed on part-time after retiring to continue her friendship connections.
Jenny devoted her life to volunteering and helping others. She was always active in the Tingley Methodist Church, participating and coordinating many events for the community and after school programs. She and Howard were long-standing contributors to the Tingley Lions Club and recruited many new members. Jenny and Howard also were dedicated EMS First Responders for nearly 20 years, providing emergency care to many in the Ringgold County community.
Jenny was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Ava Overholtzer; parents-in-law, Irene and Alvin Tull; siblings, Arlene Overholtzer, Cleone Johnson Hosfield, John Overholtzer; brothers-in-law, Dean Johnson, Kenny Hosfield, Von Tull, Ronnie Tull and a great granddaughter Ava Jaibree Frost.
Celebration of Life was at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Songs were “Show Me Around” by Carly Pearce, “Amazing Grace” by Jennifer Tull and “Bye Mom” by Chris Janson.
Honorary pallbearers were Jessie Haidsiak, James Tull, Justin Frost, Ava Jolene Frost, Joseph Sobotka, Jamie Graham and Molly Murphy.
Private burial was at the Tingley Cemetery in Tingley, IA.
Memorials are to the Tingley Memorial Park, 202 S Monroe St in Tingley, IA 50863.

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