Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 24, 1987
OBITUARY - ALTA MARIE (BENNETT) McGILVREY
Alta Marie (BENNETT) McGILVREY was born November 14, 1914, in Hocking, Monroe County, Iowa. She was the
daughter of William Emmett and Anna Margareet (MANLEY) BENNETT. She lived in Albia through childhood and
adolescence, graduated from normal training of Albia High School and taught in Guilford Township,
On May 26, 1935, she was united in marriage to John Albert McGILVREY. Most of their married
life was spent in Mount Ayr where she worked for a short time in the Mount Ayr public schools and was
currently serving as a librarian in the Mount Ayr Public Library, a position she had held since the early
The McGILVREY'S had three children -- Mrs. Robert (Joanne) BLUCNK of Windfall, Indiana; John B.
McGILVREY of Woodward, Iowa; and Janene McGILVREY of Creston, Iowa; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include one sister, Hazel (BENNETT) TENNANT of Hartford, Michigan; a son-in-law, Robert
BLUNCK; a daughter-in-law, Maxine (JONES) McGILVREY; numerous relatives and a host of friends.
an active member of many organizations, including her service as secretary of Eastern Star for 31 years; O.E.S.
Past Matrons; Swirls Regional Advisory Council; Women's Federated Club (Evening Literature); Modern Mother's
Club; and Mothers Achievement Club. She also participated in Republican Women's Club, Ringgold County
ALLAY COuncil, United Methodist Women (afternoon circle) as well as serving her church in many ways.
was dedicated to her work and it was a source of pleasure and strength. She was devoted to her family, and her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren provided her a great source of pride and she was a participant in all of
Funeral services were held December 17, 1987, from the United Methodist Church in
Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Sam FRY. Music was provided by Mike GREENE and Ron ROBINSON.
were Glenn WINN, Ed SHIELDS, Randy McDONNELL, Jay MONDAY, Max ANDERSON and Harold GOLLIDAY. Honorary pallbearers
were Steven DAVIS, Ronald BLUNCK, Robert BLUNCK, Richard BLUNCK and John C. McGILVREY.
A Memorial Service was
conducted by Mount Ayr Chapter #356, Order of the Eastern Star.
Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount
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