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Alan England - July 23, 2015

Alan Bryce England was born August 7, 1965 to Samuel George England and Diana Jean (Walkup) England in Mount Ayr. Alan lived with his grandparents in Blockton, Iowa most of the time while growing up. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1983. Alan often talked about his trail rides he went on with his long time friend Brian Lawrence and the mules. He loved to hunt and fish especially for walleye, bass and morel mushrooms, though he...

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Louise Ann Sackett - July 17, 2015

Louise Ann (Burchett) Sackett was born December 31, 1942, in Leon, Iowa, to William Allen and Inez Mary (Jones) Burchett. She grew up in Ringgold County and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1961. On September 23, 1961, Louise was united in marriage to Larry Joe Sackett at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. To this union two children were born, Randy Joe and Laurie Suzanne. Louise and Larry made their home in Des Moines for many...

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John David Walkup - July 16, 2015

John David Walkup, son of Annabel (Haidsiak) and Harold John Walkup, was born March 4, 1957 in the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Two older brothers, Mike (6) and Dale (4) welcomed and loved him. John David received his formal education in Mount Ayr Community Schools. He graduated from Mount Ayr in 1975. Because he was hospitalized, he was unable to attend his 40th class reunion. Reunion attendees thoughtfully signed a card and...

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LaViece Barker - July 12, 2015

Vera LaViece (Main) Barker, (known to everyone as LaViece), was born on February 27, 1920 on the Main family farm in Liberty Township in Ringgold County Iowa. She was one of 11 children born to the late Corwin Ernest Main and Mabel Mae (Wood) Main. She attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1938, having the honor of being the class valedictorian. After high school LaViece worked a year...

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Joyce Estes-Andrews - July 9, 2015

Joyce Ann Estes-Andrews, daughter of Katherine D. Raymo and Charles R. Allen, was born September 21, 1942 in Chillicothe, Missouri. Joyce grew up around Chillicothe & Trenton, Missouri, graduating from high school in Weston, Missouri in 1961. On July 10, 1961, she married David Estes, Sr. in Platte City, MO. Joyce drove a truck with David and they traveled with the carnivals. Joyce and David also worked at the tobacco barns in the...

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Colleen Knight - July 3, 2015

Colleen was born August 22, 1927 in Promise City, Iowa to Corydon Minor and Lora Anderson. She had six siblings: Enid, Ellis, Clare, Karolyn, Fra and Naomi (who died as an infant). As a child Colleen was blessed with a beautiful voice. At the age of 2 she could sing 32 songs and was inducted into Ripley's Believe It or Not for her special gifted voice as the "Child Wonder". She also knew many nursery rhymes. Her Sisters Enid, Karolyn and...

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Kenny Markley - July 3, 2015

Kenny Michael Markley, son of Kenneth Kyle and Lillian Catherine (Novak) Markley, was born January 31, 1948 at Greater Community Hospital in Creston, Iowa. Ken grew up in Mount Ayr and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1966. He furthered his education at Creston Community College and transferred to Graceland University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Physical Education. Ken was a Phys-Ed teacher at Lamoni Community School...

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Paul J. Smith - June 30, 2015

Faith, family, friends and farming… that was Paul Smith. Paul Jennings Smith passed away June 30, 2015 at the Mt. Ayr Healthcare Center in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Paul Jennings Smith, son of Bertha Johanna (Jennings) and Samuel Jesse Smith, was born September 5, 1923 on the family farm near Blockton, Iowa. Paul loved living on the farm and enjoyed teasing his two older sisters, Maxine and Gayle. Paul graduated from Blockton High School, where...

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Lillie Matlage - June 28, 2015

Lillie Marie Matlage, the 12th child born to Earl and Lillie (Pearson) Dawson, was born December 21, 1932 at home in Des Moines, Iowa. Lillie grew up on the southeast side of Des Moines and graduated from Lincoln High School. Soon after graduating, Lillie met Clem Edward Matlage while he was home on leave from the US Navy. Lillie and Clem were united in marriage on September 30, 1950 in Des Moines, Iowa. They made their home on the east...

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Cecil E. Smith - June 24, 2015

Cecil Edward Smith was born May 12, 1937 to Cecil Joseph Smith and Vesta Maxine (Keller) Smith in Diagonal, Iowa. Cecil attended West Point Country School. On August 15, 1958 Cecil was united in marriage to Dorothy Rose Sissel at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. To this union four children were born, Wade, Dennis, Brian, and Karolyn. Through the years Cecil worked many jobs most notably many years building fence and later operating...

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