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Ethel Still

April 21, 1925 ~ July 2, 2019 (age 94)

Ethel Louise Still, 94, of Mount Ayr, peacefully returned home to her Father in Heaven on July 2, 2019.  Her final days were spent surrounded by her loved ones and friends who stopped by the Ringgold County Hospital and then Mount Ayr Health Care Center.

Ethel was born on April 21, 1925 to Verne and Florence (Ferber) Knight.  Awaiting her arrival was also her older sister, Leota. 

On September 25, 1943, Ethel was united in marriage to George Wesley Still.  Together they had 2 children: George LaVerne Still who passed away at birth, and Merrill Wesley Still.

George and Ethel lived and worked together on their farm west of Mount Ayr.  Ethel worked as a cook at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr until her retirement in the mid 1990’s.  She worked during the early part of the day and spent her afternoons and evenings perfecting her garden, flower beds, and home.  She loved reading novels and would sit together with George in the evenings and read to him until he fell asleep.  They loved their time together and did everything as a couple, even when it came to washing the dishes.  They enjoyed entertaining and playing cards with their lifelong friends, and spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

George passed away on her birthday, April 21, 2004.  Ethel continued to live on their farm until the fall of 2017 when she became unable to care for herself any longer.  She continued her life under the loving care of the staff at Mount Ayr Health Care Center.

Preceding her in death were her parents Verne and Florence; son George LaVerne; husband George; sister Leota (Clifford) Gaule; and several other beloved family members.

Ethel is survived by her son Merrill Still, and friend Nancy Wyant, of Kellerton; grandchildren Lisa (Bob) Saxton of Skidmore, MO, Teresa (Shawn) Ritchie of Newton, Tawnya (Dale) McGrath of Salt Lake City, UT, Adam (Casey) Still of Mount Ayr; great-grandchildren Brandon and Aaron Saxton, Mackinzie and Levi Ritchie, KC and Noah Huffman, Brenden, Brylee, and Bella Lynch, Lola McGrath, Owen Still; great-great grandchildren Piper Cavin, Raelynn and Xoe Ritchie; other relatives and friends.

Services: 10:30 a.m. – Monday, July 8, 2019 at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr

Officiant: Pastor Bart Shields

Open Visitation: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sunday, July 7

Family Present: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sunday, July 7 at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr      

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery – Mount Ayr, Iowa

Memorials: Mount Ayr Public Library

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