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  Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 11, 2016

OBITUARY ~ EDNA "SHIRLEY" (LEHMKUHL) SWEENEY
November 22, 1924 ~ August 9, 2016

Shirley passed away at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, IA. Her obituary will be published when completed. Memorials are to the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Armstrong Funeral Home, Mount Ayr with Pastor Bill Armstrong officiating. Interment will be made at Altoona Cemetery, Altoona, IA at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 14.

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Edna “Shirley” Sweeney, 91, of Mount Ayr, Iowa passed away August 9, 2016 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Services will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 14, 2016 at the Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 West Monroe St, Mount Ayr. Pastor Bill Armstrong will officiate the service. Graveside service and burial will be held at the New Altoona Cemetery, intersection of NE 80th St and NE 50th Ave, in Altoona, at 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Open visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family present Sunday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Memorials are to the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr.

Edna Shirley Sweeney, daughter of Charles William and Blanche Lucille (Vangorp) Lehmkuhl, was born November 22, 1924 in Percy, Iowa. Shirley graduated from Mitchellville High School in 1942.

On June 12, 1948, she married Hal Sweeney at her parent’s farm home in rural Mitchellville. Shirley and Hal lived their first years of married life on the Sweeney family farm of rural Runnells. In 1957, they bought and moved to a farm near Truro, Iowa where they raised their family. In 1999, they retired and built a home in Mount Ayr.

Shirley was a wonderful homemaker and a loving and supportive farm wife. Shirley also enjoyed many years of buying, restoring, and selling antiques. She was a member of the Altoona Christian Church and attended the Mount Ayr First Christian Church the past 17 years.

Survivors include her children Becky Jones of Winterset, Brad (Quendy) Sweeney of Truro, and Julie (Joe) Routh of Mount Ayr; grandchildren Gretchen (Mike) Heffernan, Shannon Sweeney, Kelli Sweeney, Nathan (Courtney) Sweeney, Katie (Logan) Porter, Tricia (Jeff) Uitermarkt, Matt (Katie) Routh; great grandchildren Eddie & Ayla Heffernan, Devon & Blake Beener, Tannah, Kyla, Madeline Sweeney, Raylan Hal Porter, Decker, Grady, & Ruby Uitermarkt, Claire, Nash & Libby Routh; brother Bill Lehmkuhl; sister-in-law Marilyn Sweeney; host of relatives and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husband Hal Sweeney; parents-in-law Earl & Mildred Sweeney; sisters-in-law Priscilla Lehmkuhl, Dorothy Martin, Jean Kirschner, Libby Carroll, Emma Sweeney, Jewel Sweeney, and Betty Sweeney; brothers-in-law Herb Sweeney, Dan Sweeney, Dave Sweeney, Jim Sweeney, Al Martin, Hans Kirschner, and Kenneth Carroll.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2016

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