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OBITUARY - HAROLD KEITH STEPHENS

Harold Keith STEPHENS, adopted son of Albert and Eva THOMPSON STEPHENS, began his life with them on September 9, 1906. Harold was raised on the homestead farm in southern Ringgold county, Iowa and resided there until the last few days of his life, when he was moved to Mount Ayr Health Care Center.

As a young man he attended school at the Red Brush school and was taught by Genevieve SHEPHERD and Flossie WOOLLUMS. He then attended the Caledonia School and was taught by Gladys STUCK.

Harold was a man of the land. His love for nature was evident by his lifestyle. He was a caretaker of both plant and animal life. Gardening was a love of Harold's and he so enjoyed sharing with his neighbors. Caring for animals and raising chickens, guineas, pigeons, parakeets and canaries were a big part of his life also. Harold shared many hours with his best friend, his dog Tammy.

Harold knew the meaning of the word neighbor. He so enjoyed baking cookies or cakes and having the neighbor kids come to share a tune on his piano, a little poem recited by him and one of his special treats. Many fond memories have been shared by those of us here today.

Harold died at 1:45 p.m. on October 9, 2000, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mount Ayr, Iowa. He was 94-years-old. He was preceded in death by his parents and one baby sister. He will long be remembered in the hearts of those who shared his neighborhood.

Graveside services were held in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, on Thursday, October 12, 2000 with Pastor Ed SHIELDS officiating. Musical selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In the Garden." Casket bearers were Jerry SHEILDS, Junior REYNOLDS, Barton SHIELDS, David STILL, Mick STILL and Dick STILL.

Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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