Nellie Alice Whitmore, the fifth child of Daniel and Mary Blanche Knox Bruner
was born September 11, 1910 on the family farm in Taylor County, Iowa. She
joined our Lord and her husband, Lester on February 27, 1998 at the Ringgold
County Hospital in Mt. Ayr, Iowa at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 17 days.
She was raised on the family farm in Taylor County and attended Cornbread
College and later Clearfield Public Schools.
At an early age she became a member of Greenwood Church, later joining
Clearfield United Methodist Church where she served as superintendent of
Sunday School for many years.
Alice pursued and received her teaching Certificate in Bedford and started
teaching November 11, 1927, two months after turning seventeen. She taught K-8
at Grant Center School located one and one-half miles from her home. She often
made her trips to and from school on horseback.
On May 27, 1933 Alice and Lester Whitmore were united in marriage at the
Bruner farm. They were blessed with four children: Max Eugene, Donald Bailey,
Gary Lee and Vicki Sue.
Alice spent the next 25 years devoting her time to the care of her family.
She hung wallpaper for 25 cents per roll, and later worked at the Variety
Store, later called the A to Z before starting as a nurse's aide at the
Clearview Home. Alice retired after 20 years, serving as a nurse's aide and
later Activities Director to care for Lester who was in failing health.
After Lester passed away in 1981, Alice devoted her retirement years to sewing
flannel shirts, knitting hundreds of sweaters, piecing beautiful quilts for
her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lester, one grandson Lucas
Paul, one brother Roland and one sister, Marietta Abarr.
She is survived by three sons, Max and wife Kathy of Donna, TX; Don and wife,
Sandy of Conroe, TX and Gary and wife, Peg of Entiat, WA; one daughter, Vicki
and husband, Ken Yoder of Iowa City, IA; one brother, Fred of Clearfield; four
sisters, Bernice Wiley of Clearfield; Ruth Sundell of Lenox; Mildred Matthews
and Helen Lyddon of Clearfield, as well as 18 grandchildren and 25 great
grandchildren. A person's wealth can be measured by the love of their
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 2, 1998 with the Rev. Alan Rusk
Music was provided by Patty Parrish, organist for the congregation and Julie
Scott, great niece, accompanied by Barb Scott, niece.
Casketbearers were Brent Whitmore, Dan Whitmore, Paul Whitmore, Jeff Whitmore,
Marty Whitmore, Jon Whitmore, Lance Bolton, Greg Whitmore, and Mike Whitmore.
Interment was in the Clearfield Cemetery at Clearfield, Iowa.
Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014