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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, September 23, 2011


Dorothy Nadine WOOD HOSFIELD, known to all as Nadine or Grammy, breathed her last earthly breath at 9:53 p.m. on June 1, 2006 with members of her family at her side. She was preceded in death by husband, Lyle; parents Clarence and Myrtle WOOD; brother, Donald WOOD; sister, Geraldine STEWART and brother-in-law, Vaughn; mother and father-in-law, Guy and Lena HOSFIELD; brother-in-law, Kenny HOSFIELD and Lloyd HOSFIELD and infant granddaughter, Christina JONES.

Nadine, born February 13, 1922, was the daughter of Clarence Sydney WOOD and Myrtle Marie CASE WOOD. She attended Ellston high school where she was known for her sparkling eyes and wit. Her invaluable skills with people and her responsible character were apparent even in high school she she worked in the administrative office. Nadine revealed her independent streak when she chose to attend Iowa State Teacher's College to earn her teacher's certificate after her 1939 high school graduation. In the 40s Nadine began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse and in 1942 married the love of her life, Lyle L. HOSFIELD. She continued teaching even after the arrival of her first child, a son name Danny Lyle, in 1944. Shortly thereafter she resigned formal teaching to became a hardworking farm wife and mother. Marsha Marie was born in 1951, making the family complete.

During her life, Nadine was active in the Ellston United Methodist Church, was a lay speaker to other churches, had 20 years of service as a conference officer of the United Methodist Women, was a Hospice volunteer, worked with the Farm Bureau Organization and the Republican party and participated in countless other activities.

Many remember her packing her car full of kids on the way to Bible school where she had lessons and taught songs like "Do Lord" or endless car pooling trips to meetings and social events.

Nadine was everyone's baby-sitter, willing to watch the neighbor's kids, the preacher's kids, her nieces and nephews and their kids, as well as her granddaughters. Her first granddaughter, Debbie, would come from the "city" to learn about the farm, cows, pigs and corn. Her summers at Grandma's were fun for both. Grammy was the full-time baby-sitter for Elisa and later Laura as Marsha was teaching school.

After Lyle was killed in 1971, Nadine moved to the town of Ellston where she soon became everyone in the town's "Grammy" as well. Nadine had a way of talking to kids that made them feel important and instilled in them a sense of responsibility. Many knew the "look" and the humiliation of having to sit in a chair for a time-out.

Her signature was playing the piano for kids to sing and dance, with one of the favorites being "How Much is That Doggie in the Window," followed by sugar cookies in the porch swing. The singing and playing were fine but sometimes you learned how to shell peas or pick strawberries as she was always about getting things done. When kids were too old for her to baby-sit, the letters began. Letters and cards which included her "stuff," maybe a cartoon or joke and a story with a scripture or a devotion from the Upper Room.

Nadine's lifetime commitment to helping others continues after she moved to Mount Ayr in 1998. She became an honorary member of the Clearview family and a regular visitor at Mount Ayr Health Care where many people welcomed her kindness and her touch. But the real essence of Nadine was her humor and faith.

Many will miss her laughter and jokes and the way she could speak her mind. But she would also want everyone to remember that she has never been alone. In her own words, "The first Christmas after Lyle passed away I was sitting crying and feeling sorry for myself when I felt a hand on my shoulder, and Jesus' prsence was with me saying, 'Nadine, you are never alone. I am always with you.'" Inside the cover of her Bible, she left her last lesson: Read John 14, Matthew 6:19-34, Psalm 34 and Isaiah 40.

Left to celebrate Nadine's life are her family and many friends, including son, Dan HOSFIED and wife Becky of Leawood, Kansas; daughter, Marsha JONES and husband Maurice of Ellston, Iowa; granddaughter, Deb WALZ and husband Brent of Leawood, kansas; granddaughter, Elisa Joy JONES and husband Nicholas WEBB of Baltimore, Maryland; granddaughter, Laura JONES of Shawnee, Kansas; great-gransons, Spencer and Ethan WALZ; sisters-in-law, Pauline WOOD and Cleone HOSFIELD of Mount Ayr, Iowa; Vivian HAWK (Duayne) of Wheatland, Missouri and brother-in-law, George HOSFIELD and wife Naomi of Tingley, Iowa.

A memorial fund has been established to the Ellston Methodist Church Building fund.

Services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Ellston on Monday, June 5, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Brian OLIVER officiating. Musicians were Cathy BRAUSE and The JONES Family. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Casket bearers were Nick WEBB, Brent WALZ, Leroy WOOD, Scott WOOD, Gary HOSFIELD, Doug BULLOCK and John REASOENR.

Honorary pallbearers were Dale GREEN, Gene BULLOCK, David JENNINGS, Nick DOOLITTLE, Curt GREENE and Ivan DOLECHECK.

Nadine was laid to rest in the Ellston Cemetery at Ellston.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2012

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