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Jean Votava, daughter of Forrest and Glea (Swartwood) Bailey, was born at home on September 14, 1931. Jean grew up on farms in the Diagonal and Clearfield area. She enjoyed playing basketball in her high school years and graduated from Clearfield High School with the class of 1950. On June 15, 1950, Jean was united in marriage to Louis Votava. To this union was born four children: Nancy, Marvin, Janis, Lonnie.
In 1961, Jean and Louis purchased a farm where they lived the remainder of their lives. Jean was a homemaker and partner in the farming operation. She loved her cows and would identify them by color, markings and names. In addition to her cows, Jean loved her horses and Siamese cats. Jean enjoyed her four-wheelers and wore out several of them checking cows and giving grandchildren rides. Jean was a wonderful cook. She maintained a large garden and canned all throughout the summer. Jean loved her grandchildren and will always be remembered as a loving mom.
Jean passed away on December 14, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louis, on May 7, 1993; and brother, Jack Bailey.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children; Nancy (Dennis) Sobotka of Ogden, UT, Marvin Votava of McGregor, IA, Janis (John) Pirtle of Clearfield, IA, Lonnie Votava of Clearfield, IA; grandchildren; Erika Pirtle of Ankeny, IA and Erin (Dustin) Morrison of St Charles, IA; great grandchildren; Grady and Levi Morrison; sister-in-law, Ann Votava, of Lenox, IA; brother-in-law, Jim Rood, of Largo, FL; other relatives and friends.
Celebration of Life Visitation was at 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Prayer Service was at 6:30 p.m. led by Rev. Al Rusk.
Burial at a later date at the Clearfield Cemetery in Clearfield, IA.
Memorials in her name to be decided.

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