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Clearfield Chronicle
Clearfield, Taylor County, Iowa
June 14, 1979, Page 4

OBITUARY - CARRIE McKINSTRY

Carrie Muriel McKinstry, daughter of William J. and Mary K. (Borngesser) Slattery, was born in Diagonal, Iowa on June 6, 1890 and passed away at the home of her daughter in Mt. Ayr on June 3, 1979 at the age of 88. She spent her girlhood in Diagonal.

On May 9, 1912, she married Walter A. McKinstry. He preceded her in death in 1974 after they had celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary.

Carrie confessed Christ at an early age. She and Walter joined the Clearfield Christian Church shortly after their marriage. Her parents and two sisters, Millie (Amelia) Todd and Myrtle Ecklin, preceded her in death. In Walter's declining years she gave untiring care and devotion. Her life was found in family, friends, church, community and home. Through courage and determination she remained in her own home four years after her husband's passing.

Mrs. McKinstry was a resident of Clearfield all her adult life, living in the same home for over 60 years. Until ill health forced curtailment of activities, she participated in church and community affairs. She served on the Board of the Clearfield Library and was a member of the Modern Literary Club. In the church she served as deaconess, as president of the church women and for a number of years as superintendent of the church school. Her interest in church and community remained strong until her death. A memorial fund for the church has been established in her memory.

Left to cherish her memory are a daughter and husband, Mrs. and Mrs, Ames Cross of Mt. Ayr; a son, James Arlo McKinstry of Marshalltown; six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and three nieces and four nephews.

Memorial services were held in the Clearfield Christian Church at 1:00 PM, June 5, with the Reverends Roger and Gretchen Graf in charge. Casketbearers were grandsons, Ronald and Alvin Cross, both of Des Moines; Mac Cross of Mt. Ayr; James McKinstry of Chicago, John McKinstry of Frankfort, Kentucky and Jerald Stahlhut, Marshalltown.

Internment was in the Clearfield cemetery.

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Card of Thanks

May we take this means of expressing our most sincere thanks to each and everyone of you for the many acts of kindness extended us at the death of our dear mother. We appreciated it all..flowers, food, visits, telephone calls, cards, and contributions to the memorial for her church.

Most of all for the prayers and concern shown by our friends. God Bless You All.

MR. AND MRS. AMES CROSS AND FAMILY MR. JAMES McKINSTRY AND FAMILY

Submission by Rena Lee, February of 2011

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