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.~ ~ ~ ~
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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