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obituaries for the week of April 15, 2013
Apr 16, 2013, 12:13

Clara Elizabeth Bright passed away April 7, 2013, after a long and full life, at the Karen Acres Health Care Center in Urbandale, Iowa, at the age of 92 years.
Born July 1, 1920, in Monroe County, Iowa, Clara, “Toots” to many, was united in marriage to George Herman Bright on Feb. 4, 1946.
Clara was proud of her family and was always finding ways to show her love for them. She had passions for reading, dancing and playing cards. Her passion for reading was so great she once borrowed a book from a neighboring farmer and copied it by hand so that she would have a book of her own to read. She was instrumental in founding the Lineville Library and worked as its volunteer caretaker for many years so others would be able to enjoy reading as she did.
When her husband, George, became ill with a brain tumor in the late 50s, Clara took a second shift job as a waitress at the Skelly Restaurant in Lineville where she was a long time resident, and became a favorite of its many customers over several years. When her knees could not take the pounding any more, she taught herself to type and kept the accounting records for the Skelly Oil Company in Lineville, a job she kept for many years, well into her 70s.
Though Clara never had a driver’s license, she did not let this slow her down. She loved to “go”, always willing to travel with one of her many friends or take the bus or plane to visit a site like Washington, D.C., or her son’s family in the Carolinas.
Clara spent the last 10 years of her life in Des Moines with her best friend and daughter, Beth, where she enjoyed the company of Beth’s children and grandchildren.
Clara was loved by many and will be missed by all who came to know her.
Her husband, George on Sept. 26, 1963; parents, Claud William and Ila Close (Mattly) McElfish and brother, Claud Junior McElfish, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her two children, Berry Bright and daughter-in-law Jenna of Lake Wylie, S.C., and Beth Carmichael of Des Moines; three grandchildren, Tyler Bright, Brandi Armstrong and Jeremy Carmichael and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held April 14 at the Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Chapel in Lineville with Pastor Max Carmichael officiating.
Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery near Lineville.
Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Home in Lineville was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Maurice Elder, 80, passed away April 8, 2013, at the Seymour Care Center. He was born June 1, 1932, in Clio, Iowa, to Robert Boyd and Lois Clark Elder.
Maurice was born and raised in Wayne County and attended school in Allerton, where he graduated in 1949. In 1952, he was drafted into the Army and served in Fort Leonard, Mo., Fort Ustus, Va., and Yuma, Ariz., where he trained to operate heavy machinery.
Upon discharge from the Army, Maurice returned to Wayne County where he joined his father doing what he loved the most - working the family farm and raising cattle north of Clio. Maurice was also an active member of the election board for his local precinct for several years, enjoyed visiting Branson, local country music shows and during the winter months, coyote hunting.
On Aug. 19, 1953, he married Helen Louise Cobb and to this union three daughters were born, Doris, Donna, and Louise.
On Jan. 12, 1983, he married Martha Smith.
Maurice is survived by his three daughters, Doris Terrell and Ron Long of Pearland, Texas, Donna Keller and David Hines of Seymour and Louise Elder of Denver, Colo.; two granddaughters, Bridget Klesel and Bryan of Magnolia, Texas, and Tiffany Allen and Martez Crawford of Des Moines; three great- grandchildren, Samuel Klesel, Addison Klesel and Harlowe Crawford; sister, Marcella Marie Cobb of Allerton and nephews Duane Cobb and Karen of Roseville, Calif., and Jerry Cobb and Kim of Johnston.
His parents and a brother-in-law, Maurice Cobb, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held April 13 at the Randolph-Black Funeral Home in Corydon with Pastor Leroy Perkins officiating.
Musical selections were “In The Garden” and “The Old Rugged Cross” with musicians Just Family as vocalists.
Casket bearers were Jerry Cobb, Brad Fetters, Kenny Baker, Brian Taylor, Craig Fetters, Danny Sheets and Mike Ellis.
Honorary bearers were Charles Leivick, Ron Long, Dick Cobb, David Hines, Bryan Klesel, Larry Jackson and Duane Cobb.
Interment was in the Corydon Cemetery with Military rites provided by Russell E. Marshall American Legion Post #68 of Corydon and McClaughlin/Halfhill American Legion Post #379 of Allerton.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mark Anthony Schillo, 50, of Huntsville, Ala., was born Oct. 13, 1962, and passed away April 8, 2013. Mr. Schillo had a brave spirit. He loved his family, especially his granddaughter, Ryleigh, the sunshine of his life, and his family loved and worshipped him. He enjoyed sports, outdoor sports and traveling.
His father, John George Schillo, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Vicki; children, Jacquelyn Victoria Schillo, Blake Anthony Schillo and Sydney Blair Schillo; parents, Gary Kinney and Patsy Kinney; brother, John Schillo of Ohio and sister, Melissa Niday of Iowa.
A memorial service was held April 15 at Laughlin Service Funeral Home Chapel. (
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Laughlin Service Funeral Home of Huntsville, Ala., was in charge of arrangements

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