Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
transcribed by: Lorelei Rusco - lorerus@iowatelecom.net

Brown, Miriam Lucille Wood -

Miriam Lucille was born to Frank and Sadie (Stevenson) Wood on April 11, 1917, near Clearfield, IA.

She graduated from the Clearfield High School in 1934 and began teaching in rural schools. Miriam married Merle

Brown, Diagonal, July 7, 1940, in Mount Ayr. The couple moved to St. Louis, MO, for five years before returning to

Southwestern Iowa in 1946, the couple relocated to Union County where she taught in area schools, until her retirement

in the late 1970's. Her teaching career included positions at Platte Township, Lenox, East Union, Diagonal &

Southwestern Community College. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Drake University in 1965. She was

active in various organizations and activities, especially those involving music and friends.

Miriam passed away, April 14, 2004 at Clearview Nursing Home, Clearfield at the age of 87 years and 3 days.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Merle, and an infant grandson, Drew Brown.

Survivors include her son, Wyn Brown and wife Elaine, Kent; 4 grandchildren: Rhonda Oliphant and husband J.R.,

Missouri Valley, IA, Dawn Plowman and husband, Cale, Clarinda, IA, Vince Brown, Kent and Evy Ganfield and

husband, Aaron, Cedar Falls, IA; and 3 great-grandchildren: Kristen Oliphant, Logan Oliphant and Livvy Plowman.

The services were held Saturday, April 17, 2004 at the United Methodist Church, Clearfield. Rev. Len Garrison and

Rev. Tim Maxa officiated. The musicians were Patty Parrish, Margaret Bickers and Mary Davenport. Casket bearers

were Tom Bradley, Phillip Hudson, Paul Van Gelder, David Tripp, Hub Bradley, Jr., and Hal Veatch.

Internment was at the Clearfield Cemetery in Clearfield.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 21, 2004


Craddock, Phyllis Hensley -

Phyllis Craddock, 70, of Marshall, MO, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO.

In honoring Phyllis's request, an anatomical donation was made to the University of Missouri Department of Anatomy.

Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2004 at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.

William W. Harlow will officiate. Music will be "Blues Eyes Crying in the Rain", "Funny Face", and Julie Lewis, pianist,

will accompany Kathy VanBuskirk as she sings "How Great Thou Art". Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's


Born November 20, 1933, in Bedford, IA, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Donald Hensley and Helen

Henning Hensley, who survives of Bedford, IA. On August 14, 1953, she married Wayne Craddock who

survives of the home. She was a graduate of Bedford High School in Bedford, IA, and was a homemaker. She had

lived in Marshall most of her life and was a volunteer with Helping Hands in Sedalia, MO.

Additional survivors include a son, Mike Craddock and wife Donna of Lee's Summit, MO; a daughter,

Sherri McCkracken and husband David of Marshall; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Craddock of Grain Valley, MO, 12

grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jim Hensley and Eldon Hensley, both of Council Bluffs,

IA, and Dean Hensley of Crockett, TX; a sister, Bonnie Pappageorge of Clinton, MO; along with several nieces and


In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a son, Steve Craddock, and a brother, Donald Hensley.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 14, 2004


Davis, Dale -

Word has been received of the death of Dale Davis, age 58, Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Lenox, IA. He is the son of

the late Clyde Davis and Freda Davis, a Lenox resident. He passed away April 19, 2004 at the Hospice of the Valley,

Eckstin Unit, Scottsdale, AZ.

Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service, Lenox, will be in charge of the arrangements.

Services will be at< 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2004 at the Funeral Home. The Rev, Eydie Stephens will officiate.

[Born 11 Mar 1946; Died 19 Apr 2004]

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 21, 2004


Davis, Dale -

Dale Davis, age 58, Scottsdale, Ariz., (formerly of Lenox), died April 19, 2004, in the Hospice of the Valley,

Eckstin Unit, Scottsdale, Ariz; He was born March 11, 1946, in the rural Kent area. He was the son of the late Clyde

and Freda (Easier) Davis. He was a graduate of the Lenox High School and went to two years of trade school.

He was a draftsman for 37 years.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2004 at the Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral

Service, Lenox, with Rev. Eydie Stephens, First Christian Church, Lenox, officiating.

He is survived by his mother, Freda Davis, Lenox; one sister, Shirley (Russ) Haynie, Lake Lotowana, MO. and four

brothers: Don (Joyce) Davis, Marion, IA., Dean (Clare) Davis, Lincoln, NE. ; Gary (Cheryl) Davis, Lincoln, NE.;

Jack (Valerie) Davis, Runnells, IA; one daughter, Tina (Ward) Good, Helton, MO.; one son, Dustin Davis,

Scottsdale, Ariz; two grandsons, Spencer Davis, Belton, MO., and Joshua Good, Belton, MO.

Dale enjoyed Nascar Racing and was an avid Dale Earnhardt, Sr. fan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Davis in 1995. Burial was in the West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 28, 2004


Gordon, Marvin Thomas -

Funeral services for Dr. Marvin Gordon age 80 of the Clearfield/Lenox areas who died March 8, 2004 at the VA

Hospital in Des Moines were held Friday, March 12, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox with

Pastor Tim Maxa officiating. Military rites were conducted by the Parkinson American Legion Post following the

ceremony at the funeral home. Cremation followed the service with private family interment at a later date. In lieu of

flowers, the family suggested memorials be given in his name. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral

Home of Lenox.

Marvin Thomas Gordon was born in Pershing, Iowa on August 7, 1923 to Edward Gordon Sr. and Ruth Zimmerman

Gordon. He had six siblings, two sisters and four brothers. He graduated from Lovilia High School in 1941 and attended

both Albia Junior College and Central College in Pella where he was an athletic standout in three sports. He entered World

War II in 1942 and was wounded on Normandy Beach June 6, 1944 and again in July 1944. He attained the rank of

Corporal before discharge in 1945. When he returned after the war, he entered Drake University, graduating in 1947

with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then entered Still Osteopathic College in Des Moines, graduating as a

physician and surgeon in 1950. To support himself during medical school, he drove a Yellow Cab and did modeling for,

Look Magazine.

He married Jean Frances Slocum on June 7, 1946. To this union, five daughters were born: Cynthia, Kathy, Connie, and

Christie, with the oldest daughter dying at birth. His marriage ended in 1972.

In 1974, he married Betty Abel and had a daughter Lisa who died at birth and a son Jumar. They also divorced. He

was a stepfather to Betty's daughters: Karen, Kathy, and Deena.

During his medical career he had practices in Baxter, IA; West Des Moines; Globe, AZ; Clearfield, IA; Diagonal, IA;

Afton, IA; Bolivar, MO; Creston, IA; and Onawa, IA. He reenlisted in the US Army Reserve in 1976 and eventually

earned the rank of Colonel before retirement in 1984. He was stationed at Fort Sill, OK and became the officer in

charge of the MEPCOM Stations for the Central Sector of the country.

He served as Mayor of Clearfield for two terms and as Taylor County Medical Examiner.

"Doc" as everyone knew him was quite a character and athlete. He was drafted as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs

before the war broke out. Due to his war injuries, he was unable to honor his contract. He played minor league ball for

many years around the Des Moines area. He played in the golf tournament of champions in Atlantic many years. He had

two holes-in-one that we know of. He was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame boasting a couple of perfect 300

games. He played slow pitch softball in Clearfield many years also. He even wrestled in an exhibition match one 4th

of July in Clearfield. He was a member of the VFW, the ZAGA-ZIG Shriners, the Clearfield Lions, and a Mason. In

August of 2003, Doc did the jitterbug at his 80th birthday party. His car of choice was always a Cadillac, usually a

gold one!

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Edward, a sister Ruth, a daughter, Connie Sue, and two daughters

who died at birth.

He is survived by his brothers Darwin (Bonnie) Gordon of Lovilia IA, David (Mary) Gordon of Milton, IA, Gerald

(Helen) Gordon of Farmington, NM, a sister Beverly (Mark) Walker of Norwalk IA, and-daughters Cynthia (Galen) Baker

of Clearfield, Kathy (Gary) Brown and Christie (Bill) Brown of Lenox, and a son Jumar (Wendy) Gordon of Longmont,

CO. Grandpa Doc has a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. The grandchildren are: Gabriel, Gretchen, and

Gentry Baker; Jennifer (Jim) Miller, Stephanie (Richard) Marshall, Ryan (Courtney) Brown; Sara (Travis) Dukes,

Chad (Jessica) Brown, Angela (Wade) Bolinger; Paige and Jenna Gordon. Great grandchildren are: Chelsie, Katie, and

Coleman Dukes, Shantelle, Troy, and Lane Brown; Samantha .and Leevi Marshall, Cauy Miller, and Kristen Brown.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday March 17, 2004


Knapp, Verle Frances McMahill -

Funeral services for Verle Knapp, age 84, of Sharpsburg, who died Wednesday, March 17, 2004 were held Monday,

March 22, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. at the Sharpsburg Presbyterian Church. Private family interment will held in the

Clearfield Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be given in Verle's name .

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Verle Frances was born in Ottis, Colorado on January 19, 1920, to Nella and Earl McMahill. Eight years earlier the

person who was to be her husband was born just 15 miles away in Vona, Colorado.

Her family moved to Taylor County in 1925. She attended the Bedford Schools then graduated from

Sharpsburg High School in 1938.

Verle and Coral S. Knapp were united in marriage on December 4, 1938 and their daughter, Karole Jeanne, was

born on April 28, 1944. People told Karole Jeanne how proud they were of her mother for keeping a home for her

in Sharpsburg while her father was serving in Europe during World War II. For many years, Verle attended and

supported the Presbyterian Church in Sharpsburg before becoming a member.

Many people will remember being cream and egg customers of Knapp's Produce which Verle and Coral

operated in the 1950's and early 1960's.

In Verle's middle years, she loved visiting family and friends and was delighted when they came and stayed with her.

Verle would take extended trips to Dundy County Nebraska to enjoy places and people her husband knew. She

and her current pet were always welcome in the home of her niece and nephew Ron and Pat DeWester. The urn in which

Verle's ashes will be placed was made by their son Dick. When she visited her sister, Earlus in Utah, she was

welcomed into the home of her niece and nephew Doreen and Thayne Smith.

Many loving, fun hours were spent with Jennifer and Jill Nimmo, her grandchildren by mutual choice and love.

When it came time for her to leave Sharpsburg, she felt so fortunate to have her home purchased by young people

who would continue to use it as a home and a place where people still go to have fun!

Those who are left to treasure and celebrate her life are those Who called her: Sister, Aunt, Grammy, Mom and

Friend. They will remember: The Easter egg hunts, fried chicken, fudge, strawberry shortcake, parties for young

people, passing President Ford's motorcade, "Star of the East," frogs in bird cages, embroidery, smocking, crocheted

doilies, love of reading, jigsaw puzzles, music, welcoming weekend and summer visitors, card marathons, pets, wit,

trust, and laughter.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday March 24, 2004


Lyddon, Robert Dale -

Robert Dale Lyddon, age 88, of Prairie Grove, MO. died Monday, April 5, 2004, at the Fayetteville City Hospital &

Geriatric Center. He was born July 2, 1915, Clearfield, the son of Harry and Flora (Denton) Lyddon.

He was a retired electrician for Industrial Electric Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was a 60 year

member of IBEW.

He is survived by his wife, Esther Irene (Husmann) Lyddon; a daughter, Diane Lyddon, Prairie Grove; a brother:

Doyle Lyddon, Phoenix, Ariz.; 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements were by Moore's Chapel.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 7, 2004


McMath, H Pauline Patterson -

H. Pauline McMath, age 79, of Springdale died Thursday, April 1, 2004 at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004 at the Springdale United Methodist Church. Rev.

Ruth Blayer officiated. Graveside services were held at the Winfield Scott Cemetery, Winfield, IA. A memorial

fund was established.

Pauline was born September 26, 1924 in Winfield, the daughter of William and Emma (McCully) Patterson. She

graduated from Winfield High School and went on to the Davenport Business School, where she played basketball.

She was united in marriage to A. Marshall McMath on February 15, 1946, in Kalona, IA. She worked at the

Winfield Grain Elevator and also at the University of Iowa in the Registrar's Office from which she retired. She was a

member of the Springdale United Methodist Church and Jessamine Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was

also a member of the EZ Wheelers Coaching Camping Club.

Survivors include a son, Joe (Karen) McMath, West Branch, IA; a daughter, Tana (Richard) Sabourin, West

Branch, a sister, Mary Paisley, Winfield,; a brother-in-law, Dale McMath, Orange Beach, AL., five grandchildren:

Melinda Davis, Jay (Stacy) McMath, Jennifer Sabourin, Jeremiah (Nancy) Sabourin, and Joshua Sabourin, and three

great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall, five brothers and two sisters.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 28, 2004


Miller, Randy -

A truck accident on a rain-slickened interstate near Columbia, Mo., has taken the life of Randy Miller of


Miller was driving a truck and flatbed trailer when the vehicle rolled out of control near Columbia on the morning

of Friday, March 26. The area received up to five inches of rain that morning.

He was hospitalized at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, where he passed away on

March 30.

Randy most recently was employed by Dalton Ag Service. He was active in the Lenox Stock and Saddle Club.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie, and son, Justin. Full details are in a death notice inside this issue.


Randall Dean Miller, age 50, Sharpsburg, IA passed away at the University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia, Mo. on

March 30, 2004.

"Randy" was born December 6, 1953 to Donald Dean and Jean M. Miller. He married Jackie K. Miller on March

21, 1992 in Lenox. He worked for Dalton Ag Service as a welder about 2 years and worked for Papetti's

in Lenox for several years. He also worked for the Co-op for many years, working first in Corning, then Lenox

and Creston.

He is survived his wife, Jackie, Sharpsburg; his father Donald Miller, Lenox; a son, Justin, Kent; two step-sons,

Bradley Fehrle, Creston, and Timothy Fehrle, Sharpsburg; two brothers, L. David, Claremore, Okla., and Daniel (wife

Sandy), Tipton and formerly of Creston; one sister, Jolene (husband Randy) Garey, Manson, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Miller, May 2000; a sister-in-law, Cindy Miller, June 1998; and his

maternal and paternal grandparents.

He was a member of the Lenox Stock and Saddle Club, and was active in the Pony Express Riders of Iowa. He

graduated from the Lenox High School in 1972.

Services were held on Saturday, April 3, 2004, at the Lenox United Methodist Church with Pastor Don Frizzell,

officiating. Burial was in the North Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.

Randy passed away on March 30, 2004, after receiving injuries in a traffic accident near Columbia, Mo.

Memorials were to be made to the family. Coen-Beary-Pearson Family Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 7, 2004


O'Grady, Helen Jane Connor Standard -

Funeral services for Helen O'Grady, age 85 of Bedford, who died Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at the Alegent Health

Center in Corning, were held Sunday, April 4, 2004 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Red Barn located at the Taylor

County Fairgrounds in Bedford. Helen donated her body to science and interment will be held at a later date. Memorials

can be given in Helen's name. Arrangements were by Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Helen Jane O'Grady was born November 14, 1918, in Conway, Iowa the daughter of Charles Connor and Ada Scott Connor.

She grew up in the Conway area graduating from Conway High School in 1936, where she enjoyed and excelled in basketball.

After graduation, she attended nursing school in St. Joseph, Missouri. She worked as a private practice nurse and in 1942,

she was united in marriage to Roger Standard. After World War II she and Roger lived in various places in the United States.

Together they had a son Roger and the couple divorced in 1949.

Helen moved back to the Conway area and in 1951, she was united in marriage to Leo O'Grady. Together they lived on a

farm north of Conway and Helen worked as a nurse for Dr. Hardin in Bedford for several years. She then took a job as

school nurse for the Bedford Community School and worked there for twenty-six years, retiring in 1982.

Helen was passionate about being the school nurse. Her job description also included, but was not limited to, splinting arms,

pulling teeth and counseling kids. She has been involved in the memories of thousands of students over the years. She liked

living on the farm and spending time outdoors with her cats and dogs. She also spent many hours in her garden. She enjoyed

picnicking in the timber with her family and neighbors. She loved to cook and it even made her feel better when she did so!

She was an excellent baker specializing in fruit pies and rolls. She enjoyed watching sports, especially college and NBA

basketball, (the Iowa Hawkeyes were her favorite!) and NASCAR racing, with Jeff Gordon being her favorite driver.

Left to cherish Helen's memory are her two sons, Roger Standard and wife Connie of Fort Lupton, Colorado; and

Richard O'Grady and wife Judy of Bedford; a brother, Charles Connor of Oroville, California and two grandchildren,

Kathleen Standard of New York and Roger Allen Standard of Wyoming.

Preceding Helen in death were her parents, Charles and Ada; her husband Leo in 1992; two brothers Harold and

Ralph Connor and four sisters, Hazel Miller, Mary Hamilton and Ethel Law, and Betty Jean Connor at infancy.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 7, 2004


Owens, Eldon J (E J) -

Eldon J. "EJ" Owens, 83, of Claremont, N.H. died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Valley Regional Hospital in

Claremont. He was the husband of Edith Mabel (White) Owens; they had been married 64 years.

He was born in Clearfield, on September 3, 1920 the son of the late Clyde and Nellie (Knox) Owens, he had lived

in Claremont since 1939.

An entrepreneur, he started out with a milk route in Claremont during World War II and was later a selfemployed

contractor. He also leased tractors, loaders, backhoes and mowers to the State of New Hampshire Highway

Department, retiring in 1998.

He was the past president of the American Society of Arms Collectors, a life member of the National Rifle

Association, and a member of the New Hampshire Arms Collectors. He was also a member of the Massachusetts

Arms Collectors, Gun Owners of New Hampshire Winchester Arm Collectors, the New Hampshire Truck

Historical Society, the Marmon Club, Reo Club, Sunbeam Club and the Yesteryear Motor Car Club. He was a member

of the Claremont Historical Society, the Claremont Senior Center and the First United Methodist Church, Claremont

and Clearfield, IA.

Besides his wife, he leaves a brother, Myron Owens and wife (Lillian) Georges Mills; and several nieces, nephews

and cousins.

A memorial service was held, Tuesday, April 20th, in the First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Margaret

Long, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be later in Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sullivan County Nursing Home, 5 Nursing Home Drive, Unity, N.H 03743.

The Stringer Funeral Home in Claremont was in charge of arrangements.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday May 5, 2004


Shaffer, William Donovan (Pete) -

William Donovan "Pete" Shaffer, Loveland, CO. died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at SCCI Aurora Medical Center in

Aurora, CO,

He was born October 5, 1925, to John D. and Myrtle M. Shaffer, Clearfield. He graduated from Clearfield High

School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy from November 1943 until April 1946.

He married Bertie C. Busby, April 10, 1949, in Clearfield. After making their home in Southern Iowa for 14 years,

the family moved to Colorado in 1963. They lived in Boulder, Nederland and Longmont, and in Loveland for the

past 10 years.

Mr. Shaffer was employed with the U.S. Postal Service; in the service station, business and in the grocery business

for most of his life. He retired from Albertsons in 1992, after 20 years of service.

He was a volunteer for the Good Samaritan Village, Loveland and was a member of the American Legion Woodside

Post No.0097 and the UFCW, Local 7.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers and two grandsons.

Mr. Shaffer is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years. He is also survived by two daughters; Karen Lyons,

Longmont, CO. and Linda Kutscher, Berthoud, CO. a son Ronald Shaffer, Loveland, CO.; two granddaughters; Bonnie

Kutscher, Estes Park and Nicole Lyons, Longmont; three grandsons, Brady Kutscher (Stephanie) Wellington, Patrick

Kutscher, Estes Park awl Dusty Shaffer, Birch Tree, MO.; a great granddaughter Rylee Kutscher, Wellington, CO. two

sisters, Fern Spurrier, Clearfield and Margaret Henderson, Lenox, IA, a brother, Delbert Shaffer, Lafayette, CO. and

many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held, Friday, April 2, 2004, at Allnutt Funeral Service with the Rev. Steve Creel


Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 2601 S. LeMay, Fort Collins, CO. 80525

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 28, 2004


Smith, Sandra Jean Byers -

Funeral Services were held for Sandra Jean Smith Wednesday, March 10, 2004 2:00 p.m. at the Christian Church

in Blockton, Iowa.

Sandra Jean (Byers) Smith was born Oct. 25, 1937 at Lenox, IA to Orlin James & Pearle Elien (Beadle) Byers. Sandra was

raised in the Lenox and Clarinda areas and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1956. On July 5, 1956 she married Leonard

Ralph Smith in Warsaw, MO. Sandra & Leonard lived their life in Blockton. She worked as a nurse's aide and EMT at the

Ringgold County Hospital in Mt. Ayr for 15 years. She also worked for the Blockton ambulance crew. In 1983, Sandra was

awarded the governor leadership betterment of the Blockton community. Sandra loved to dance, cook, and come up

with new recipes. She liked her soaps, word puzzles, going to flea markets and she collected many unique items. Sandra

passed away on March 7, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Leonard on August 13, 2003.

Left to mourn her passing and cherish her memory are her children Rick Smith & wife Rose of Creston, IA. and Kim Walker

& husband Jim of Council Bluffs, IA; six grandchildren Sherri Smith & special friend Brian, Josh, and Rachel Smith, all of

Creston, Steven Walker & special friend Jennifer and Fae Walker, all of Council Bluffs; one great grandchild Haley Jo Walker;

three step-great grandchildren Brian, Jr., Jared, and Destiny, sister-in-law Helen Smith of Lenox; special family Dennis,

Gwen and Katie Elliot of Topeka, KS. four nieces, one nephew, and cousins Connie Hart and Jeanie Archino.

Sandra will be missed by her family and remembered and missed by all who knew her.

Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery Blockton, Iowa.

Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday March 17, 2004


Stephens, Shirley Sue Laird -

Shirley Sue (Laird) Stephens, daughter of Guy Franklin Laird and Mildred Beatrice (Shannon) Laird. She was born

September 29, 1937 at Kellerton. She died at her home on April 26, 2004 at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 27 days.

Shirley was the youngest in a family of eight children. She attended grade school until the fifth grade in Kellerton;

at this time, she moved with her family to a farm and attended Mount Ayr schools from where she graduated in

1956 as Valedictorian of her class. After graduation, she worked as a stenographer for Clyde Lesan and W B Cunning

Company for two years.

On January 3, 1959, she was united in marriage to Ivan Carlisle Stephens, Clearfield, at the First Christian Church

Mount Ayr. To this union three children were born: Shanda Sue, Sherry Lynn, and Jeffrey Carlisle.

After marriage, Shirley lived on a farm three miles West of Clearfield. She joined the United Methodist Church,

Clearfield. Shirley felt richly blessed that she was able to be a full time homemaker, mother, and grandmother. She

especially enjoyed babysitting with many of the little children around the neighborhood. She also enjoyed her

grandchildren coming to the farm for vacations.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; grandson John Tyler Wininger; three sisters, Evelyn Louise and

husband Ralph Ogier Alice Marie and husband Donald Wicker and Beverly Lou Spriggs; three brothers; Gerald

Dean, Herman Eugene and wife Dorothy, and Kenneth Lee Laird.

Left to mourn her passing  is her husband, Ivan, Clearfield; children: Shanda Spicer (Bill) and Sherry Wininger

(John) all of Smithville, MO., and Jeff Stephen wife (Diane), Kansas City, MO, six grandchildren; Brett Spicer,

Jordan and Savanah Stephens, Ryan, Kyle and Katelynn Wininger; brother Donald wife Helen Laird, brother-m-law,

Wayne Spriggs, Greenfield; sisters-in-law Juanita Laird Beaconsfield, IA. and Enid Hueges and husband Bob,

 Littleton, CO., nieces, nephews, relates and friends.

The services were held Friday, April 30 2004 at the United Methodist Church, Clearfield at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Len

Garrison, officiated. The casket bearers were Bill Brown, Chad Brown, Stanley Knox, John Lyddon, Ken Stephens and Matt Hogue.

The interment was in the Clearfield Cemetery.  Wilson-Watson-Armstrong Funeral Homes was in charge of the services.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday May 5, 2004


Thompson, Gladys Cleone Bush -

Gladys Cleone Bush was born November 23, 1913 in Adams County to H.M. (Monard) and Doris (Purdum) Bush.

She graduated from Lenox High School in 1931 and Creston Junior College in 1933. After teaching in rural

schools and Conway, she married C.P. Thompson on May 22, 1940. He passed away on February 3, 1963.

Gladys and C.P. lived in Clearfield and then moved to Roland in 1944. There C.P. was a Superintendent and

band teacher. Gladys was a member of the Bergen Lutheran Church and was active in various Church groups.

She loved to play bridge and was a member of Friends 'n Service. She was head cook for the Roland School

for many years.

Gladys passed away Monday, April 12, 2004 at her home in Roland at the age of 90 years. Services were held

Friday, April 16, 2004 at the Bergen Lutheran Church Roland with burial in the Roland Cemetery. She is survived

by a daughter, Karen Strother, Barrington, IL.; three sons Richard of Auckland, New Zealand, Larry, Louisville,

KY and Dan of Des Moines; 2 grandchildren, Alyson Vetrovec and Scott Strother; and a brother, Edwin Bush,

Bellair, FL.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, H.M and Doris Bush, Husband, C.P. Thompson, brother, Orvin Bush

and a sister, Norma Paymal.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday May 5, 2004


Whitmore, Lois L -

Lois L. Whitmore was born October 23, 1916 on a farm in Ringgold County, Iowa. She passed away peacefully in

her sleep on Sunday, April 4, 2004. She was the only daughter of June and Lillian (Bailey) Whitmore.

She attended schools in Diagonal and Clearfield. She was devoted to her father and mother after her older brothers

left home. She cared for her mother until her death in 1945; she cared for her father until his death in 1956. Lois then

went to work for Baxter Brothers and Kelly's Grocery Store, in Clearfield, as a clerk. In her later years, she worked at

Clearview Home in Clearfield.

Lois was a member of the Clearfield Christian Church, Royal Neighbors of America, and the Clearfield Lionells.

She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Lois adored her nieces and nephews and considered them her immediate family. She also loved her flowers, was

an avid reader, and, of course, loved her cats. She was a loving aunt and a good neighbor to all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, June and Lillian, four brothers: Phil and his wives, Emily and Doris,

Jack, Lester and wife Alice, and Paul and wife Jane; Nephew Gary Whitmore, and a niece Elizabeth Jane.

Surviving are a sister-in-law, Helen McMath, wife of Jack, Clearfield; nephews Max (Kathy) Whitmore,

Plattsmouth, N.E., Don (Sandy) Whitmore, Conroe, TX., and Paul Roger (Maxine) Whitmore, Stuart, IA.; nieces Peggy

Whitmore, Entiat, WA., Vicki (Ken) Yoder, Iowa City, IA., Ann (Dave) Driskell, Creston, IA., Barbara (Fred) Scott,

Carroll, IA, and Sheila (Jeff) Murphy, Vienna, MO.

Services were held Thursday, April 8, at the Clearfield Christian Church with Rev. Eydie Stephens officiating.

The musicians were Barbara Scott and Julie Christensen. The casket bearers were: Fred Scott, Bill Scott,

Adam Whitmore, Ken Yoder, Lance Bolton and Eric Caldwell.

Interment was in the Clearfield Cemetery, Clearfield.

Wilson-Watson-Armstrong Funeral Homes were in charge of the services.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 14, 2004