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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 16, 2014

OBITUARY ~ EUNICE IRENE (ATHERTON) MYERS
October 12, 1923 ~ January 07, 2014

Eunice Irene Atherton was born October 12, 1923 in West Branch, Ogemaw County, Michigan. She was the daughter of John Eugene Atherton and Leora Eunice Twining Atherton, and sister of Joseph and Dean Atherton. She lost her father at the age of five from an accident, and her mother later married Henry Carl Gussman who was a wonderful stepfather. This union produced three more brothers: Robert, David, and Leo Gussman.

Eunice completed the eleventh grade before needing to leave school to care for her mother and baby brother Leo who were ill with measles. She was baptized a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the age of eight and remained faithful the rest of her life. She and her family were very active members in their church, and before a church was built in West Branch, they held church twice a week in their home.

She met and two years later, married George Joseph Myers of Rose City, Michigan on July 18, 1943 at that church in West Branch. To this union were born five children. Garry Dean, John Joseph, Leora Sue, Robert Eugene and Kathleen Ann. They raised their family in Michigan until 1973 when they moved to Lamoni. In 1980, they moved to Mt. Ayr where she resided until her death.

Eunice was a homemaker all her life except for a short time when she worked as a waitress and a department clerk. She was devout wife and mother to the very end. She was blessed with nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, with one more due in the summer. She was a grandmother to everyone. Her family was her life and she shared many good times with them, including teaching them to sing, knit, crochet, and cook. Over the last year, Eunice had two goals, to attend her grandson Jared's graduation from medical school and her daughter Kathleen's wedding, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She was able to celebrate her 90th birthday with all her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband George in 2011; their son Garry Dean; her parents; stepfather; brothers, Robert, Joseph and Leo; sisters-in-law Wanda Atherton, Roseanne Atherton and Alice VanSickle; brothers-in-law Harry Rosenthal, Harry Briggs and Bill VanSickle; son-in-law Daniel Beck; grandson Jonque Myers. She is survived by her children: John (Veronica) Myers, Sue Beck, Robert Myers, and Kathleen (Larry) White. Her brothers Dean Atherton and David (Martha) Gussman, and sisters-in-law Linda Gussman, Margi Kraft, Carolyne Farrand, Leona Briggs. Grandchildren: Benjamin (Rachael) Myers, Steven (Sarah) Myers, Joel (Kristy Lowery) Beck, Karen (David) Tow, Jared (Holly) Beck, Bradley Myers, Kelly (John) Walker, and Matthew Crawford. Great-grandchildren: Noel Myers, Christian and Paige Bogner; Elizabeth and Christopher Myers; Micah Lowery-Beck; Daniel Tow; Justin, Christopher, and Michael Walker. Two special family members, Victoria Myers and Mary Ann Carmean, and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

A memorial service was held at the Church of Jesus Christ, Restoration Branch in Mount Ayr on Saturday, January 11, 2014, with High Priest Alan Smith and High Priest Sherman Phipps officiating. Pianist was Pat Bolingbroke.

Private interment was at the Rose Hill Cemtery in Mount Ayr.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2014

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