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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
April, 1978

OBITUARY ~ MRS. REX (MILDRED) SICKELS

Mildred Lavone WEHRLE was the eldest child of Christopher and Lillie Etna WEHRLE, having been born October 7, 1902, on a farm southwest of Kellerton, Iowa. She died April 10, 1978, in a Chillicothe, Mo. hospital.

When a young woman she confessed her faith in Christ and was baptized by minister Julius CLARK of the Church of Christ. Mildred and Rex became members of First Christian Church in Mount Ayr on April 18, 1954.

She lived on the same place until Feb. 4, 1923, when she was united in marriage to Sherman Rex SICKELS, also of Kellerton. They moved to what was known as the Peter MERRIT farm where they lived almost six years, when they purchased a farm southwest of Blockton. They moved back to Ringgold county in 1932 and farmed several placed until moving to their present home 12 years ago.

To this union were born eight children: Dorothy Reine, John Keith, Samuel Chris, Lillian Isabelle, Leland Rex, Shirley Sue, Lavone Kay, and Martha Lea.

"Grandma Mildred", as all her grandchildren called her, spent all of her life in Ringgold and Taylor counties, except one year near Barnard, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lillie LAIRD WEHRLE; her father, Chris WEHRLE, and infant granddaughter, Valerie Kay MOSIER.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her beloved husband, Rex; five daughters: Dorothy (Mrs. Richard MOSIER), Denver, Colo.; Lillian (Mrs. Robert GUTHLAND) of Maryville, Mo.; Shirley (Mrs. Corwin KARR) of Mount Ayr; Kay (Mrs. Clifford MOSIER) of Littleton, Colo.; Martha (Mrs. Robert PALMER) of Decatur, Ill.; three sons: John of Mount Ayr; Sam of Mount Ayr; and Leland of Easton, Mo.; five sons-in-law; three daughters-in-law; 30 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Frank WEHRLE of Mount Ayr; two sisters: Cleora HUTCHINSON of Mount Ayr and Wilma OWENS of Leon; several nephews and nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends.

An original poem by Mildred SICKELS, Feb. 26, 1954.

To All My Children

Long ago a baby's smile
Soft hands that touched a mother's breast
Helpless and so innocent -
These I have carressed.

Tiny feet went tripping
O'er the toy-strun floor,
With cuts and bruises bandaged
Then off to play once more.

When sickness came I sat beside their beds,
Kept vigil through the nights,
Prayed to God, their health to restore -
Thanks to Him for answered prayers.

School age came and to school each day
to learn new lessons on life's great highway.
Home again, their laughter rigning through the rooms
Gaily tripping o'er the year with spirits gay.

Lessons all laid away,
Romance cretp in,
and chose husbands and wives,Now they visit the home where their mothers
and fathers to manhood and womanhood grew.
,br>When sickness came to Father and me -
These same ones came to bring us joy.
Doing kind deeds and bringing flowers
To make our minutes into sunny hours.

Then on Christmas and other gathering we have met
Loving memories we shall ne'er forget
of these whom we love.
When Life's course for us has been run
Trails conquered and won,
May we all again meet in that Great Beyond.
And He with these who we loved.
Your Mom, Mildred Sickels

Services were held Thursday, April 13, from the First Christian Church with Pastors Phil and Doris KINTON officiating; Rhoades-Wilson funeral home had charge of arrangements.

Organist was Mike GREENE accompanied vocalists Mrs. Jim JONES and Mrs. Robert FISHER. Casketbearers were Ned FOLTZ, Ross KING, Rich STULL, Richard HILL, Richard ELMER, Carey CROWSON and Kenneth REYNOLDS. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery [Mount Ayr].

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012

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