OBITUARY ~ VERA C. GILLEN
November 07, 1914 ~ September 06, 2011
Vera C. GILLEN, age 96, of Norwalk, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the Norwalk Nursing and Rehab Center.
Vera Cathaleen GILLEN was born November 7, 1914 near Kellerton, Iowa the daughter of Alva and Ethie (DAVIS) HARTLEY. She
was raised in Mills County, Iowa and was united in marriage to Elton GILLEN on March 4, 1934. They lived in Mills County
until the war when Elton served in the military in Missouri. They later lived in Allerton, Iowa before moving to Des
Moines where they lived for 25 years.
Vera was a Nurses Aid for ten years during that time. They retired and moved to
Vera was later united in marriage to Everett "Wayne" TAYLOR. Vera and Wayne lived in Southwest City,
Missouri and later Jay, Oklahoma before Vera moved to Norwalk, Iowa in 2008.
Vera was a fifty year member of the American
Legion Auxiliary, enjoyed gardening, collecting stamps, butterflies, and pocket watches and loved buying second hand
Vera was preceded in death by her parents; her sons: Randall, Larry, and Elton; sisters: Ila and Gladys; and
brothers: Donald and Alva.
Survivors include her son: Gary GILLEN of Des Moines, Iowa; grandson: Craig GILLEN and wife
Roxi of Norwalk, Iowa; granddaughter: Diane HUFFMAN and husband Michael of New Sharon, Iowa; 12 great-grandchildren and 1
great-great-grandchild and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 2 PM Thursday, September 8, 2011
at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with Rev. Fred PILECKI officiating. Burial will be in the Hastings, Iowa
Cemetery. There will be visitation with the family one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home.
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel of Red Oak, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012
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