OBITUARY - ALICE MAE (SHELDEN) DEFENBAUGH KEPLINGER
Alice DEFENBAUGH KEPLINGER, 80, of Mount Ayr, Iowa died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at the Pine View Manor in Stanberry, MO
following a brief illness.
Alice was born on a farm north of Kellerton, Iowa to Guy and Alma DADY SHELDEN the 23rd day of May, 1919. She joined the
Beaconsfield Methodist Church in October of 1932 and graduated from Beaconsfield Consolidated high school in the spring
of 1936. Alice lived at Heritage Manor in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Alice married C. L. "Ted" DEFENBAUGH May 14, 1938 a the Diagonal Methodist Parsonage. Ted died in November of 1967. In
June of 1974 Alice married Harold KEPLINGER. Harold died in December of 1989. She retired from the Continental Telephone
Company of Iowa when she moved to the farm.
She is survived by four sons and three daughters, SuJo (husband Robert) SCHIFFERDECKER of Springfield, Oregon; Karen
(husband James) O'GRADY of Scottsdale, Arizona; Ronald (wife Debbie) DEFENBAUGH of Stanberry, Missouri; Iris (husband
James) GRAYBEAL of Phoenix, Arizona; Rick (wife Kay) DEFENBAUGH of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Guy (wife Jacque) DEFENBAUGH
of Savannah, Missouri; and Ed (wife Kathy) DEFENBAUGH of Tarkio, Missouri; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren;
and a brother Ellis (wife Helen) SHELDEN of Marion, Iowa.
Services were at the Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr on Saturday, July 17, 1999 with Pastor Sandy
MERCER officiating. Musicians were Nancy SACKETT, Aaron DEFENBAUGH, Melissa DEFENBAUGH, Shaun DEFENBAUGH and Nate
DEFENBAUGH. Casketbearers were Steve ROE, Dan ROE, Brenda WEEDA, Curt STRINGHAM, Steve MITCHELL and Rick STULL.
Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2010
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