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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
December 04, 1986

OBITUARY - CORA MAE (SMITH) CATTERSON

Cora Mae CATTERSON, daughter of Albert and Myrtle SMITH, was born January 28, 1895, in Ringgold County, and passed away November 26, 1986, at the Clearview Home at the age of 91 years.

On April 5, 1913, she was united in marriage with Albert Bruce CATTERSON, and of this union four children were born: Ruby, Arlene, Iola, and Kenneth. They resided in Ringgold and Taylor counties until his death in 1956. Cora established a home in Mount Ayr where she continued to live until moving to Clearview Home.

Cora cooked in restaurants and the hotel and at the sale barn in Mount Ayr. She had a warm affection for Dr. Roy FELL, who treated her in many different times, and she joyfully prepared meals for medical conferences when Dr. FELL had colleagues visiting in Mount Ayr. An avid sewer, Cora made innumerable lap robes for the nursing homes when she was a member of the Dorcas Society of the Christian Church.

Cora was baptized in 1907 at the Clearfield Christian Church where she was a member until transferring to First Christian Church of Mount Ayr about 60 years ago. She had been honored by the Mount Ayr church on several occasions as a 50-year member.

Cora was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce; her parents; a daughter, Iola RICE; two sons-in-law, Ralph GODDEN and Lawrence JOHNSON; four brothers; four sisters, and three grandchildren.

Those who remain to cherish her memory are her children, Ruby JOHNSON of Olympia, Washington; Arlene GODDEN of Moses Lake, Washington, and Kenneth of Des Moines; one son-in-law, Pat RICE; one daughter-in-law, Dorothy CATTERSON; one sister, Marjorie COMER; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cora was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. While she was able, she was very active in her church, MM Club and WW Club.

A poem which Cora had copied was found in one of her books. It says so much about how Cora felt about her family and friends:

Recipe for Home
1/2 cup Friendship
1 Cup Thoughtfullness

Cream together with a pinch of tenderness very lightly in a bowl of loyalty, with 1 cup of faith, 1 cup of hope, and 1 cup of charity. Be sure to add a spoonful of gaiety that sings and also the ability to laugh at little things.
Moisten with sudden tears and heartful sympathy. Bake in a good natural pan and serve repeatedly.

Funeral services were held November 29, 1986 from the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Dorie HANSON. Music was provided by Mike GREENE, Mrs. Jim JONES and Mrs. Robert FISHER.

Casketbearers were Joe BOWEN, Joe ROUTH, Larry BOWEN, Lee BRAND, Jerry BOWEN and Darrel BROWNS.

Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2010

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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