Edna Bennett, 84, of Centerville passed away Saturday evening, Oct. 13, 2012, at Golden Age Care Center in Centerville where she had been for the last two years.
She was born to Eugene and Viva (Hurt) Ballard on April 19, 1928, in Centerville, Iowa. She received her education from Centerville High School, graduating with the Class of 1946.
On Aug. 18, 1946, she was united in marriage to Paul Eugene Crow and had their six children together. Paul passed away on Oct. 31, 1974, and Edna later married Floyd Bennett on Nov. 10, 1977, in Centerville. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1996.
Edna loved to cook and enjoyed word search puzzles and reading her Bible. She was a member of Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church in Centerville.
She is survived by five children, Connie Turnbow of Moulton, Nancy Bennett of Holt Summit, Mo., Doris (Larry) Proctor of Moravia, Dora (Jay) Peterson of Moulton and Terry Crow of Centerville; 17 grandchildren; 24 great- grandchildren and four great-great- grandchildren.
Edna was preceded in death by two husbands; parents; son, Larry Dean Crow; two grandsons, Matthew Bennett and Kenneth (Eddie) Jones and six siblings, Paul Ballard, Juanita Pullen, Lester Ballard, Bonnie O’Donnell, Barbara Thomas, and Genevieve Adams.
Funeral services were held Oct. 17 at the Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Terry Chapman officiating.
Burial was in the Eaton Cemetery in Unionville, Iowa.
A memorial has been established to the Edna Bennett Memorial Fund and may be left or mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 South 18th St., Centerville, IA 52544.
Elfleeta "Arlene" Mulvania, 72, passed away peacefully Oct. 17, 2012.
Arlene was born on Jan. 31, 1940 to Howard and Estel (Ward) McCarty. She grew up in the Lineville area and attended school in Mercer, Mo. She married Max E. Mulvania on July 12, 1957. In 1958, their son Michael was born. Arlene retired from KVI in Des Moines.
She is survived by a her son, Michael and his wife, Christine; grandson, Joe; grandchildren, Tony, Christopher, and Alex Jones; brothers, Jim, Max, Rex, John, and Bob McCarty and many sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and close friends.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Max Mulvania and brother, Gary McCarty.
Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Home in Lineville.
Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Lineville.
Iles Funeral Homes-Grandview Park Chapel of Des Moines and Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Home are handling funeral arrangements.
MARGARET ELLEN MUMMA
Margaret Ellen Mumma, only child of Douglas Edward Jackson and Mabel Audrey (Gard) (Jackson) Mumma, was born in Rocky Mountain Hospital, Denver, Colo., on May 1, 1933. She passed away Oct. 16, 2012, at the Klein Care Center in Burlington, Iowa.
Born in Colorado, Margaret moved with her parents to Texas for a few short years until the death of her father in 1937. Mother and daughter moved back to Mabel’s original home in Wayne County, joining numerous relatives to watch over them. Margaret lived with her Grandmother Jennie Mae (Williams) Gard in Corydon with periodic (gas rations) visits from Mabel, who supported the family as a nurse in various southern Iowa hospitals.
Margaret was a fun-loving, outgoing, creative and intelligent young woman. She attended Corydon schools through high school and, after graduating from Thompson Beauty School in Des Moines, she married Robert Lee Mumma of Allerton at the Corydon Methodist Church on Aug. 24, 1952.
The couple made their home in Ames for two years while Bob attended Iowa State University and Margaret worked as a cosmetologist. After a brief stint in Manly for Bob’s student teaching, the couple arrived in Earlham for Bob’s first teaching position and the arrival of their first child, Margo Elaine. Two brothers followed while in Earlham, Roger Lee and Larry Joe Mumma. Margaret considered delivering three children in 27 months a great accomplishment despite the many diapers!
Margaret moved back to Wayne County with her family for Bob’s position with Cambria-Corydon High School in 1960. She was a loving and active mother, a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Corydon Methodist Church.
In 1963, Margaret landed in rural Lineville as a farmer’s wife where she led Girl Scouts, was active in the Lineville Methodist Church and gardened extensively.
In 1969, Margaret returned to Corydon opening The Garden Beauty Salon, joined the Eden Garden Club, began a long love of artistic painting and was active in Corydon Betterment and theater productions. In the mid-1980’s, Margaret suffered a marginally successful back surgery that eventually deteriorated into life-in- a-wheelchair. It was at this time Margaret met Jesus in a new way, joined the Corydon Assembly Church and continued painting.
Her children, Margo and husband Bill of Minnetonka, Minn., Roger and wife Debra of North English, Larry and wife Kathryn of Burlington; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive Margaret.
Her parents and former husband preceded her in death.
Visitation is to be held Oct. 29 from 5-7 p.m. with a memorial service Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m., both at the Corydon Assembly of God.
Inurnment will be in the Corydon Cemetery.
DONALD RICHARD PURDY
Donald Richard Purdy, 87, formerly of Centerville passed away on Oct. 13, 2012, in Gahanna, Ohio, at the home of his son, Richard L. Purdy.
Donald was born June 22, 1925, in Jerome, Iowa, to Henry and Edith (Dooley) Purdy. On Sept. 23, 1944, Donald married Vera Beatrice Riggle. Donald accepted Christ and was baptized at the Chelsea Christian Church in Kansas City, Kan.
Donald attended Jerome and Promise City public schools. Donald graduated from the Sales Training Institute in Kansas City, Kansas.
Donald was a worker. At an early age, he started working with his dad and brothers in their family-owned coal mine. He continued working at the mine until its closure in 1945 when the war ended. Don worked at Wrights Hardware in Seymour. He did factory work at plants in Moline, Ill., and in Kansas City, Mo. Don was employed by the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
After graduating from Sales Training Institute, Don sold heavy equipment in Kansas. In 1970 Don quit sales to work for the City of Lawrence, Kan., as their city supervisor over sanitation.
Then Don left city life. He and wife Vera bought and operated a marina on Leavenworth County State Lake in eastern Kansas. Donald sold the marina and retired in 1980.
Donald enjoyed camping with his family. He was an avid fisherman who spent much time on the water. A member of the Lawrence Gem and Mineral Club, Don was a rock hound who enjoyed doing lapidary work. Donald attended Christian church services. He was a member of Sertomas and participated in their community services.
His parents; brothers, Robert and Francis; sisters, Ellen Anderson and Ruth Matley; daughter, Donna Jeanette and son, David Edward, preceded him in death.
Donald is survived by wife, Vera Beatrice (Riggle) Purdy; brother, David Edward Purdy; son, Richard Leslie Purdy and wife Wilma; grandchildren, Donnie Edward Purdy and wife Tina, Linda Purdy, Christina Louise (Purdy) Cutshall and husband Ronald, and Cynthia Yvonne (Purdy) Hatch Hendricks and husband Shawn; 14 great- grandchildren and special cousin Lois Scully.
A one-hour memorial service was held at the Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville on Oct. 19 followed by graveside services at the Jerome Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Cameron Hatch, great-grandson; Linda Purdy, granddaughter; Shawn Hendricks, grandson-in-law and Larry Anderson, nephew.
Memorials may be made to the Jerome Cemetery or to Circle of Friends in Chariton.