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Gertrude L. Andersen Reeves 1884-1967


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 11/30/2010 at 22:46:45

Services Held Wednesday for Mrs. Ben Reeves
Mrs. Ben Reeves, 83, of Estherville, former longtime Graettinger area resident, died Sunday [April 16, 1967] at 5:30 p.m. at her home after suffering a heart attack. Mrs. Reeves had been in failing health for several months.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in First Methodist church in Estherville with the Rev. C. R. Buckwalter officiating. Burial was made in Oak Hill cemetery. The Fuhrman Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Richard, Howard, Glen, Darrell and Bob Reeves and Brian Gage.

The former Gertrude L. Andersen was born Feb. 10, 1884, in Guthrie Center, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Andersen. Mrs. Reeves was the eldest of seven brothers and sisters.

She received her education in Guthrie Center schools, earning a part of education costs by giving organ lessons. She traveled to homes of her pupils on horseback. She taught at rural schools near Guthrie Center and later worked in the Guthrie Center Hospital.

She was married Nov. 8, 1910, to Ben F. Reeves at Guthrie Center and they lived in that area until 1917, when they moved to a farm near Graettinger. In 1942 they retired from farming and moved to Estherville.

Mrs. Reeves was a member of First Methodist Church, Circle 10 of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, the Priscilla Club, and the VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Garland (Juanita) Gage of Blairstown, and Mrs. Harold (Geraldine) Danielson of Estherville, three sons, Kermit of Emmetsburg, Gilbert of Graettinger, and John of Estherville; 28 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne Andersen of Sidney, Neb.; and one sister, Mrs. Francis Schlotterbeck of Pine City, Minn.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Kenneth, Ben Jr., and Willard; one grandchild; her parents and four brothers and sisters. (Graettinger Times, Graettinger, IA, April 20 1967)


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