OBITUARY - HELEN "MARTENA" (VANDERPLUYM) MOBLEY
January 15, 1922 - October 8, 2010
Helen Martena MOBLEY passed away at the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on October 8, 2010. She was
born January 15, 1922, on a farm north of Diagonal. Martena was one of five children born to Louis and Elizabeth
(McMANUS) VANDERPLUYM. She graduated from Lenox High School in 1940. After graduation, Martena taught school for
Martena married Burl MOBLEY on January 24, 1947 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Maloy, Iowa. They farmed
and raised their sons near Benton, Iowa. Martena served as the Benton Postmaster and later transferred to the
Redding Post Office. She retired after 30 years in the Postal Service. Martena liked gardening and helping on the
farm. Most of all, she enjoyed taking care of her family and spending time with her grandchildren and
Martena was preceded in death by her husband, Burl; her parents, Louis and Lizzie VANDERPLUYM; mother-in-law,
Maude MOBLEY; brother, Paul (Mary) VANDERPLUYM; sisters, Veldeva MORRIS REESE and husbands Louis MORRIS and Bernard
REESE, Francis RICKER; special cousin, Kate (Harley) MORLEY; brother-in-laws Denzil (Darlene) MOBLEY and Melvin
JOHNSON; sister-in-law Alberta (Delmar) Van WINKLE.
Martena is survived by her two sons; Glee and Ron (Sue) MOBLEY; her grandchildren: Greg (Amy) MOBLEY, Marci JOHNSON,
Brian MOBLEY, Wyatt (Josie) MOBLEY, Elaine MOBLEY, and Melonie MOBLEY; her great-grandchildren; Madison, Emma, and
Gracie MOBLEY, Ashton and Alyssa JOHNSON, DeMarcus RIFE, Cole and Kerrigan MOBLEY; sister, Lucille JOHNSON;
brother-in-law, Ted RICKER; sister-in-law, Hazel LAUGHLIN; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials are to Hospice of Central Iowa and Waubonsie Community Building.
Open visitation will be Monday, October 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wilson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr.
Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Mount Ayr, Iowa, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12 with
interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Maloy, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010
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