Area Obituaries

MARLENE RUTH GREIMANN
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Marlene Ruth Greimann, daughter of Robert Edward Williams and Marietta Josephine (Heinisch) Williams, was born in Kellerton, IA on May 31, 1933. Marietta and Robert divorced when Marlene was young, and Marietta married Lee E. Brown in 1944. Marlene shared many fond memories of growing up with friends and family in Kellerton. She attended Kellerton…

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LAVERNE BROWN
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(Allie) Laverne Brown formerly of Bedford, IA passed away on Saturday July 11, 2020 and is now reunited with his beloved wife, Annabell, of 71 years. For the last several years, Laverne had resided at Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mount Ayr, IA. Graveside funeral services for Laverne, age 92, were held Thursday, July…

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PATRICIA AMY NORRIS NEY
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Patricia Amy Norris Ney, 87, of Blackfoot, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Gem Village Assisted Living in Blackfoot, Idaho following a stroke in April. Patricia was born November 13, 1932 in Redding, Iowa to G. Dayton Norris and Eunice Fern Shafer Norris. She grew up and attended schools   in the Mt. Ayr, Iowa area,…

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SHARON MARIE DAVIS
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On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Sharon Marie (Fugate) (White) Davis passed away at Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, IA. Sharon was born in Beaconsfield, IA on October 24, 1939 to Haldon and LaVerne Fugate, one of three children. She grew up in Ringgold County and attended Kellerton High School. In 1958, she married Jimmie…

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KAROL LYNN “MIKE” MATHENY
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Karol Lynn “Mike” Bailey was born October 8, 1945, in Creston to George Franklin Bailey, Sr and Lucille Mae (King) Bailey. She attended Elementary, Junior High and High School at Clearfield Community Schools, Graduating High School from Clearfield in 1964. During high school Mike played basketball, ran track, was a cheerleader, a member of the…

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GERALDINE EDWARDS RAMSEY SMITH
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Geraldine “Gerri” Edwards Ramsey Smith was the eldest child born to Irving and Adell Edwards at 8:40 a.m. on September 21, 1937 in Cheek, TX. She attended area schools and graduated from Hebert High School in Beaumont, TX, class of 1954. After graduation, Gerri served her country by joining the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) the…

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ESTHER MAURINE JACKSON
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Esther Maurine Jackson was born June 3, 1920 to John Franklin and Eva Mae (King) Beal and passed away June 27, 2020 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. She attended the Benton School graduating in 1937. The Benton community had a special place in her heart. In 1938 she married Guy Blunck and this…

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MICHAEL DWAYNE FLOYD
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Michael Dwayne Floyd, son of Dean Floyd and Ruth Arlyne (Heintz) Floyd was born December 24, 1966 in Phoenix, AZ and passed from this life Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, IA at 53 years of age. Mike received his education in Mount Ayr High School graduating in 1985 and came…

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STEVEN CRAIG JOHNSTON
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Steven Craig Johnston, 72, of Urbandale, IA was born February 19, 1948 in Mount Ayr, IA to Rupert and DonNell Johnston. He passed away at his residence on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Steve graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1966. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Following his enlistment in…

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ROSE FUGATE MERRILL
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Rose was the daughter of William (Bill) and Lois Motsinger. She was born July 27, 1933 in the family country home north of Benton, IA and lived most of her life in Ringgold County. She grew up on the farm helping her dad with chores and her mother with cooking, canning, gardening and sewing. Rose…

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JERRY EDWARD TOWNSEND
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Jerry Edward Townsend was born December 18, 1935 to Orie and Evelyn Townsend. Jerry grew up in Bedford, IA and graduated from Bedford High School. During his senior year, Jerry started what would become his long journey of service. In 1953, he entered into the United States Navy, serving four years on the USS aircraft…

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GARY STEPHENS
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Gary Stephens was born May 11, 1950 and passed away surrounded by family on June 7, 2020, soon after arrival to Greater Regional Health in Creston, IA. Gary grew up around Afton and he graduated from East Union High School. Gary was a Millwright and he worked most of the time away from home. He…

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