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 Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 09, 1989

OBITUARY - FRANCES MARIAN (HUFF) MINTHORN

Frances Marian Huff Minthorn was born July 1, 1907, in Union County, Iowa, near Afton. On October 31, 1989, she died unexpectedly of a heart attack at her home in Kellerton, Iowa. Following funeral services at the Kellerton United Methodist Church, she was buried at Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton.

Marian was the third and youngest daughter of Francis Marion (Frank) Huff and Viola Amelda Dunlap Huff. In 1910, her family moved to Clarinda, Iowa. She made a Published profession of faith and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church while a young girl. Marion graduated from Clarinda High School in 1924, Clarinda Junior College in 1926, and Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, in 1929, where she majored in French and minored in English.

Marian worked with Methodist deaconesses in Des Moines in 1930, doing social work. She taught high school at a Methodist mission school in Olive Hill, Kentucky, and worked at the Glenwood Iowa Sate School during the Depression. She later lived in Kansas City, Missouri, where she worked as a baby nurse and child governess.

On November 11, 1944, she married Maynard Minthorn and moved to Kellerton, Iowa, where she lived the remainder of her life. They had three children. Alice was born in 1946, Bonnie in 1947, and Reuben in 1951.

Marian was preceded in death by her father and mother, two sisters, Edyth and Elsie Soffebrotten, and her husband (in 1973). She is survived by her children and grandchildren. Alice Hall and her husband, Douglas, live in Leavenworth, Kansas. Bonnie Wilson and her husband, Wendell, live in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Reuben Minthorn and his wife, Rachel Barthel-Minthorn, live in Omaha, Nebraska. There are four grandchildren. Craig Wilson and his wife, Karen, live in Florence, Kentucky. Tamara Wilson is a student at Frostburg State University in Maryland. Lori Wilson lives and works in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Andrew Hall is a fourth grade student in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Marian is remembered as a woman of strong faith, lively intellect, and generous nature. She lived simply and had few material desires. She enjoyed writing prose and poetry and piecing quilts. A woman of independent ideas, she appreciated her independent life in Kellerton in her elder years. She believed deeply in Jesus Christ and spoke with assurance of her hope of eternal life. She will be missed by many.

Funeral services were held November 3, 1989, from the United Methodist Church at Kellerton, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Joe Florendo. Music was provided by Mrs. Weldon Meadows and Mrs. Don Hewlett.

Casketbearers were Dean Fugate, Glen Payton, Don Hewlett, Thomas Giles, Bill Coleman and Francis McDowell. Burial was in the Maple Row Cemetery at Kellerton, Iowa.

Published in the Mount Ayr Record News and the Clarinda Herald Journal in November 1989.

Submission and transcription by Alice Minthorn Hall, October of 2009

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