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[Davison, Charlotte Lee Ulmer]

Funeral services for Charlotte Davison, age 82, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, were held 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Beckie Linn Gregory officiating. Visitation with the family were held 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or to the CAV/Page County Passengers (Clarinda Taxi Service). Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Charlotte [Lee] Davison was born August 29, 1929, to Opal Ulmer in Maryville, Missouri. Charlotte graduated from Hopkins High School, Hopkins, Missouri. She married Truman [Guy] Davison, May 26, 1953 in Hopkins and they spent a couple of years in California and then made their home on a farm east of Braddyville where they raised their four boys. They moved to Clarinda in 1982.

Charlotte spent her time being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed family vacations, traveling with Niehart's Travel, water exercise, crocheting, reading, sewing, knitting, making baby blankets and her time spent with her coffee group.

Charlotte was an active member of the Pine Community Club, First Christian Church and active in the RSVP program, Chamber of Commerce, Glenn Miller Birthplace Society, Page County Extension and Nodaway Valley Historical Society.

Preceding Charlotte in death were her mother, Opal and stepfather, Jerry Wiseman; grandson, Robert Davison and great grandson, Bryston Davison.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of fifty eight years, Truman [Guy] Davison of Clarinda, Iowa; sons, Rick Davison of Maryville, Missouri, Randy Davison and wife Pat of Clarinda, Iowa, Steve Davison and wife Nancy from a suburb of Siam (rural Bedford, Iowa), Keith Davison and wife Shelly of Warsaw, Indiana; grandchildren, Dawn and B.J. Pirie, Trent and Elisha Davison, Ty Davison, Justin and Heidi Davison, Daniel Davison and fiancé Katie Ohrtman and Connor Davison; step grandchildren, Samuel Sellers and Desrah Stockberger; great grandchildren, Ethan Pirie and Wrigley Pirie; other relatives and many friends.

Charlotte will be greatly missed by her loving family and many friends but her love and memory will live on in their hearts. May God grant comfort and peace to al those who mourn her passing.

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[Evans, Earl N., Jr.]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday      October 15, 1990

Earl N. Evans, Jr.

Funeral services for Earl N. Evans, Jr., 70, of Clarinda will be at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Walker-Merrick funeral Home with Rev. John Clark officiating. 

Mr. Evans died shortly after admission to Municipal Hospital early Sunday morning, October 14,1990.

He was born June 30,1920, at New Albany, Indiana, the son of Earl N. and Lydia Proctor Evans. On May 4, 1947 he was married to Clara Shonley who survives.

Mr. Evans was a W.W. II veteran and a retired postal employee.

He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.S., D.A.V., and the Elks Lodge of Shenandoah.

He is survived by his wife Clara of the home and two daughters: Mrs. Larry (Nora) Wright, St. Joseph, Mo., and Mrs. Bruce (Patricia) Parsons, Cupertino, Calif. There are two grandsons. Brothers are Harry DeArk, Georgetown, Ind., and George DeArk, in Florida. Sisters are Norma Jane Roth, Jeffersonville, Indiana and Elma Fielder, New Albany, Indiana. His stepfather is Edward F. DeArk of New Albany, Ind.

Memorials may be directed to the firing squad of the American Legion or the cancer fund.

Burial will be in Clarinda Cemetery with military rites at the graveside.

[Hamilton, Kay Dailey]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday      September 17, 1990

Kay Hamilton

Mrs. Larry (Kay) Hamilton, 47, of Coin, Iowa died Friday afternoon, Sept. 14, at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital after a long illness.   

She was born Jan. 22, 1943, at Clarinda, the daughter of Ernest V. and Pearl Parker Dailey. On Jan. 31, 1975 she was married to Larry D. Hamilton who survives. She had worked at Lisle Corp. and Henry Fields before health forced her retirement.

Besides her husband Larry of the home she is survived by four children: Teresa Johnson, New Market, Bill Richardson, Northboro, Ia., Robin Herr, Newton, Ia., and Dennis Hamilton, of the home. Stepchildren are Jerry Hamilton, Clarinda, David Hamilton, Braddyville, and Debra Hansen, Clarinda. There are 13 grandchildren. Her mother is Mrs. Pearl Dailey of Clarinda and also surviving is a brother, Allen Dailey, Clarinda.

Funeral services were held this Monday morning at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Hansen officiating.

Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery.

[Hobbs, Harold B.]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday      October 25, 1990

Harold B. Hobbs

Harold B. Hobbs, 82, Loveland, Colo., died October l9, 1990, at McKee Medical Center in Loveland.

He was born Dec. 22, 1907, near Cody, Nebr., the son of Dick and Cora Kirkland Hobbs.

He attended barber and later beauty school in Omaha. His first job was in Alliance, Nebr., where he met his future wife Marie Wynn. They were married July 5,1930.

He was a veteran of WW II and after the service he traveled central and eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa for Standard Barber and Beauty Supply of Omaha. The last 20 years of his work he owned and operated Beauty Schools in Lincoln, Nebr., and Greeley, Colo.

He was preceded in death by parents, one brother, Clifford, and one sister, Betty.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Hobbs, Loveland; a sister, Ruth Robinson, Oceanside, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Harold Maupin, Eaton; eight grandnieces and grandnephews. Local relatives include nephews, Norman Wynn and Charles Johnson, both of Clarinda.

Graveside services were held this Thursday afternoon at Clarinda Cemetery with Rev. Dick Quinlan officiating.

[Macrander, Harold Ross]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday      October 15, 1990

H. Ross Macrander

H. [arold] Ross Macrander, 91, Ashland, Nebr., formerly of College Springs, died October 10,1990, at the Bethesda Care Center, Ashland, Nebr.

He was born July 13,1899, at Westboro, Mo., son of Dave [John David] and Cora (Mumford) Macrander. He married Alpha [Mae] Hartley in 1924.

He is survived by three sons, David, O Neill, Nebr., Melvin of Fremont, Nebr., and Max, Ashland, Nebr.; nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence, Garland, Tex., and Maurice, Westboro, Mo., and a sister, Mrs. Russell (Fern) Layden, Tecumseh, Nebr.       

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two sisters, and five brothers.

Burial was Oct. 13 in the Ashland Cemetery, Ashland, Nebr. Marcy Mortuary, Ashland, Nebr., was in charge of the arrangement.

[McCurdy, Betty Louise Lawson]

Memorial services for Betty McCurdy, age 86 of Maryville, Missouri, formerly of Braddyville, Iowa, who died Sunday, July 27, 2008 at Golden Living Care Center, Maryville, Missouri were held Friday, August 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend John Clark officiating. Visitation with the family were held 10:00 a.m. to service time Friday, August 1, 2008 at the funeral home. Burial was in the Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa. Memorials can be directed to Hospice. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Betty Louise McCurdy, 86, of Braddyville passed away July 27, 2008 at the Golden Living Center in Maryville, MO. Betty was the daughter of Sammie and Myrtle (Varley) Lawson. They lived on a farm SE of Shenandoah, IA, where Betty started her education at a rural country school.

When her mother’s health failed, they moved to Castle Rock, CO where her mother entered a TB sanitarium in Denver. After her passing the family moved in with her grandparents, Sam and Kate Lawson in Norwich, IA. She then entered Norwich school and continued on until graduating from Shenandoah High School in 1938. Betty went on to receive her teaching certificate. She worked at the Earl May Seed & Nursery Co in the accounting dept, later transferring into Mr. May’s office.

She married Orie Truman McCurdy in 1947. They were blessed with the birth of one son, John E. McCurdy. The family lived on a farm near Braddyville, IA.

Betty loved rural life. She raised chickens, gardened, canned, sewed, and was a wonderful cook. Her greatest joy was rearing her son and watching him grow into a fine young man. She loved when her son, John, and his family came to visit. She enjoyed the time spent with granddaughters Kelly and Tamara. They thought their Grandma made the best hot chocolate in the whole world! She always made enough for the girls to take some back home with them.

Betty joined 4H in her early years winning two blue ribbons at the Page County Fair. She was a member of Eastern Star, Highland Chapter, for over 50 yrs. During part of her time in Eastern Star she served as the Grand Ruth for the state of Iowa. She enjoyed traveling to many chapters, some out of state. She made many lifelong friends. Betty worked as an assistant Postmaster in Braddyville for 15 yrs.

Betty was a devoted wife, mother, and mentor to her siblings. She helped care for her brothers and sister and was their best friend.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Orie Truman McCurdy; her parents, Sammie and Myrtle Lawson; grandparents, Sam and Kate Lawson and Charles and Mae Varley; two brothers, Vard and Kenneth Lawson; an infant sister, and a special uncle, William (Bill) Lawson.

Left to mourn her passing is son, John and wife Nancy McCurdy, granddaughters, Kelly and Tamara, and great granddaughter, Brooklynn Paige, all of Lee’s Summit, MO; a sister, Lucille Lawson, Shenandoah, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Lawson, Lincoln, Neb, Arlene Lusk, Clearmont, MO, Annabelle Fuller, Clarinda, IA, Mary Lou Murphy, Braddyville, IA, Bonnie Miller, Clarinda; and many cousins, nieces and a nephew; special friends, Ralph and Barb Fishell, Ed and Darla Burch, and Martin and Vicki Barnes.

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[McCurdy, Orie Truman]

Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri)

Wednesday      July 27, 1994

Orie McCurdy

Orie Truman McCurdy, 74, Braddyville, Iowa, died Tuesday, July 26, 1994 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, after a brief illness.

He was born April 1,1920 in Braddyville, Iowa, to Lloyd and Beulah Nicholas McCurdy.

He married Betty Louise Lawson and they made their home on a farm just east of Braddyville.

Mr. McCurdy was a member of the Moila Shrine, St. Joseph; the Order of the Eastern Star, Highland Chapter 523 of Siam, Iowa; the Plumb Lodge 285 of Siam; the Clarinda Chapter 29 of Clarinda, Iowa, Scottish Rite and York Rite.

Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, John McCurdy of Kansas City; one brother, Wm. McCurdy of Wichita, Kan.; four sisters, Arlene Lusk of Clearmont, Annabelle Fuller of Clarinda, Mary Lou Murphy of Braddyville, and Bonnie Mae Miller of Clarinda; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa.

Private burial services will be held at Shearer Cemetery, near Braddyville, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to the Highland Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star No. 523 or St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City.

Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa.

[Miller, Charles]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      April 24, 1952      p. 9

Charles Miller Dies

Charles Miller, 72, farmer residing six miles northwest of Hopkins, died April 15 at St. Francis hospital, Maryville, following a stroke April 10.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Swanson Mortuary, conducted by Rev. Norman J. Lewis. Burial was in Shearer cemetery.

Mr. Miller was born at Troy, Ill., and came to this vicinity 55 years ago.

Survivors are his wife; one brother, Ralph Miller of Hopkins; one sister, Mrs. Edna Acree, Hood River, Oreg.

[Miller, Eva Estella Bebout]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      February 1, 1945     p. 3



Resident of Rural Community All Of Her Life

Funeral services were held at the Swanson Funeral Home Friday for Mrs. Charles Miller, who died January 22 at her country home.

Mrs. Miller [Eva Estella Bebout] was born in Taylor County, Iowa, August 1878. Her entire life had been spent in the community where she was born.

Services were conducted by W. H. Hansford. Burial was in the Shearer Cemetery.

Her husband, a brother, Otis [Abram] Bebout, of Hudson, Wyo.; and other brothers and sisters survive. One sister, Mrs. Margaret Reid of Westminister, Colo., was here for the services.


[Miller, Harve Neal]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday      September 20, 1990

Harve Neal Miller

Harve Neal Miller, 93, Columbia City, Ind., died at 1:35 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, 1990, at Fort Wayne, Ind. Mr. Miller had resided at Renaissance Village nursing home since March of this year when his health failed.

He was born on June 24,1897, in Page county, to Edward Mason and Laura Belle Davison Miller. He was married on April 16,1917 in Clarinda to Vesta Lutilda Pullen, who preceded him in death May of 1987.

Miller attended the Kelly school in Page County and spent his entire lifetime there until moving to Columbia City in 1971 to be near his son Hubert E. Miller who was pastoring the First Church of God, Columbia City, Ind. In 1962 Mr. Miller retired from the Berry Seed Company, Clarinda, after 29 years of service. He then worked as a carpenter for 10 years. After his move to Columbia City he became a school crossing guard for the Columbia City Schools, which he served for eight years.

Mr. Miller was a member of the First Church of God at Columbia City and a former member of the Church of God in Shambaugh.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Delbert Denis, Samuel Edward, and Lowell Gail Miller.

Surviving are his son, Pastor Hubert E. Miller, retired pastor, Columbia City, Ind.; one grandson, Jan Miller, Columbia City, and one great-granddaughter, Tami Miller, Columbia City. One sister, Maude Elzora Huddle, several nieces and nephews survive in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, Florida and Nebraska.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 17, at the DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home.

[Whisler, Frances Elizabeth Gamble]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday      September 17, 1990

Frances Whisler

Funeral services for Mrs. Clarence (Frances) Whisler, 85, of rural Shenandoah were held at the Hackett Funeral Home on Saturday, Sept. 15,1990, at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery. A memorial service is established.

Frances Elizabeth Whisler was born on July 7, 1905, in Grant Township near Shenandoah, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Allen) Gamble and resided in the Shenandoah area all of her life.    

Mrs. Whisler attended rural schools, Shenandoah High School, and received her teaching degree at Peru State Teachers College. She taught in various rural schools and Sidney Elementary School.

On Aug. 13, 1933, she was united in marriage to Clarence Whisler in Shenandoah and to this union one daughter, Charlene, was born. Mrs. Whisler was an active member in the United Methodist Church of Shenandoah and a charter member of the W.S.C.S. She was a member of the Outlook Circle and W.W. Club and served on the Morton Township School Board.

Mrs. Whisler was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother Robert and a sister Dorothy Burton.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Charlene) Roach of Shenandoah, a sister, Mrs. Lee (Margaret) Kaserman, of Clarinda, three brothers, Paul Gamble of Shenandoah, Floyd Gamble of Paradise, Calif., and Wm. Keith Gamble of Brainerd, Minn., four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, Stevie and Katlyn Roach and numerous other relatives and friends.