Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 22, 2012
OBITUARY ~ MYRNA LAURETTE (SUMMERVILLE) DODGE
Myrna Laurette DODGE, age 92, died peacefully on November 18, 2012. Myrna was born July 12, 1920 in rural Bridgewater,
Iowa, the daughter of James and Willena (STANDLEY) SUMMERVILLE
.Myrna spent most of her young life in Creston, Iowa
where the family operated a neighborhood grocery store. In 1938, Myrna married Benjamin DODGE at Fort Des Moines, where
he was stationed as a cavalryman. She moved with Ben from duty station to duty station until he was sent overseas
for World War II. During the war years, she moved back to Creston to live with her mother and sisters.
After the war, she and Ben again moved among several duty stations until finally settling at Travis Air Force Base near
Vacaville, California. It was there in 1952 they welcomed their son, Darrell, into their family. In 1964, the DODGE
family moved back to Creston, Iowa. After Ben's death in 1985, she lived alone until relocating to Mount Ayr, Iowa to
be closer to her son and his family.
During her life she worked as a homemaker, secretary, hotel maid and small business
owner. She also was a Cub Scout den mother and member of the VFW auxiliary. She was a member of the Creston Seven-Day
Adventist church, in which she held several leadership positions and spent countless hours in volunteer work.
survived by her son, Darrell (Angela) DODGE of Mount Ayr, Iowa; grandchildren, Annie (Rick) SCHWEITZBERGER of Grimes,
Iowa and Jentry (Daniel) GRAHAM of Diagonal, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Emrey and Teag SCHWEITZBERGER and Dylan and
Drew GRAHAM; sister, Carrie (James) CULPEPPER of Portsmouth, Virginia; special niece, Norma Jean CRITTENDEN of
Mounds, Oklahoma, and several other nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; her
beloved grandson, Ben DODGE; four brothers, and two sisters.
Arrangements were by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in
Services were held at Graceland Cemetery in Creston on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, with Rev. Chris
CONKLIN officiating. Casket bearers were Darrell DODGE, Annie SCHWIETZBERGER, Jentry GRAHAM, Daniel GRAHAM, Crae GEIST
and Steve MARCKMANN.
A memorial fund has been established to the family for later designation
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2012
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