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Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
January 18, 2005

NOTICE of DEATH - LoDEAN GARNER

LoDean GARNER, 71, of Shenandoah, formerly of Mount Ayr, died January 17, 2005, at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah.

Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
Thursday, January 20, 2005

OBITUARY - LODEAN GARNER

LoDean GARNER, 71, of Shenandoah, formerly of Mount Ayr, died January 17, 2005, at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 19, at Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. The Rev. Rick SLEYSTER of the Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah will officiate the service. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr. Open visitation will be until 8 p.m. today with the family receiving friends 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home in Mount Ayr. A memorial has been established in her name.

Miss GARNER, daughter of Mildred (MAYO) and Marion GARNER, was born January 8, 1934, in Watson, Mo. She graduated from Delphos High School in 1952 and American Institute of Business in Des Moines. She worked as a bookkeeper at businesses in Des Moines, retiring in 1992. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah and Red Hat Society/A.B.W.A.

Survivors include six siblings, Bill (wife Varonica) GARNER of Rollo, Mo., Maxine (husband William) TRIDLE of Orient, Harold (wife Lois) GARNER of Melrose, Ryland (wife Georgia) GARNER of Carrolton, Ill., Bonnie (husband Bill) WARD of Shenandoah and Sue (husband Frank) CARSON of Creston; nieces; nephews; great-nieces and -nephews; and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three nephews, Ronny GARNER, Tony GARNER and Kenny CARSON.

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 20, 2005

OBITUARY ~ LODEAN GARNER

LoDean was born January 8, 1934 in Watson, Missouri. Her parents, Marion and Mildred Geneva MAYO GARNER, were farmers. They The family moved to a farm in Ringgold county, Iowa when LoDean was 13. She graduated from Delphos Consolidated School with the class of 1952. (She was the only girl in a class of three.) Plans were made for LoDean to attend nursing school in Des Moines; however, she was diagnosed with polio in September of 1952 which left her with physical limitations. She slowly but surely learned to deal with the challenges during her long hospital stay. After many hours of physical therapy at a Des Moines hospital followed by many hours of physical therapy at home provided by LoDean's dad, who had been trained by the hospital staff, LoDean was walking again with the assistance of a full leg brace and Kinney crutches -- first wooden ones and then ones made of stainless steel.

One year after LoDean graduted from high school, she regained her independence and left the family farm and moved to Des Moines where she attended and graduated from the American Institute of Business and learned to drive again (during rush hour in downtown Des Moines). LoDean was the bookkeeper for three different businesses during her career. She was employed by the Iowa Easter Seal Society (located at Camp Sunnyside, north of Des Moines), the Urbandale School System and Wheeler Lumber Company in West Des Moines. After she retired in 1992, she moved to Shenandoah to be closer to family and assist them with caregiving tasks including her brother-in-law and her great-nephews.

Aunt Dee, as she was affectionately known by her 20 plus nieces and nephews, has spent multiple hours playing with and caring for them. They enjoyed the motto of "If Mom says no, ask Aunt Dee." Also, she has over 50 great-nieces and nephews and at least eight great-great nieces and nephews. (She is sure there are more expected in 2005.)

LoDean was well known for her cooking and baking. She made thousands of cookies and gave them as gifts. She like doing all kinds of craft projects, especially Trichem painting. She made hundreds of painted, personalized pillow cases for the babies of family and friends. LoDean enjoyed vacationing with family and friends, including traveling all around the United States.

LoDean always enjoyed helping others. Anytime a family member or friend was sick or just neeed "cheering up," she was always there, knowing the right thing to say or when to just listen, sending a card or giving a gift which she handpicked for the situation or a quick phone call to let them know she was thinking of them.

LoDean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Shenandoah and enjoyed visits from Pastor Rick and her other Presbyterian friends. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and A.B.W.A.

LoDean passed away on January 17, 2005 at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah. She was preceded in death by her parents and five nephews, Ronny GARNER, Kenny CARSON and Tony GARNER.

Survivors include her siblings, Bill GARNER and Veronica of Rolla, Missouri; Maxine and William TRIDLE of Orient, Iowa; Harold and Lois GARNER of Melrose, Iowa; Ryland and Georgia GRNER of Carrollton, Illinois; Bonnie and Bill WARD of Shenandoah, Iowa; and Sue and Frank CARSON of Creston, Iowa; an all of the nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

LoDean has taught her entire family the true meaning of "Love and Laughter."

Services for LoDean were held Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa with Pastor Rick SLEYSTER officiating. Musical selections were "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "How Great Thou Art."

Casket bearers were Nick CARSON, Richard GARNER, Curtis JONES, Jon SCHAEFER, Brent ALLUMBAUGH and Joe CALVIN.

Honorary pallbearers were all of the nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews and the friends and caregivers at Graden View Care Center.

LoDean was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2012

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