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Verna Martin

August 17, 1936 ~ April 28, 2019 (age 82)

            Verna Mae Martin, 82 of Mount Ayr, Iowa passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019 at her home with her family at her side.

            Verna was born on August 17, 1936 in Ringgold County to Arlo and Ethel Dillenburg. She grew up on a farm in various locations in Ringgold and Union County and graduated from Arispe in 1954.

            On January 16, 1955 Verna was united in marriage to Robert Martin at the Methodist Church in Arispe, along with her sister Donna and Bob’s best friend Kenneth. To this union 3 daughters were born, Peggy, Barbara, and Beth.

            Bob and Verna farmed for several years around the Mount Ayr area and she worked by his side.

            Verna was an active 4-H leader for 9 years and often guided grandchildren in projects. She worked at the Dari Sweet for 25 years, read meters for REC for 20 years, wrote Caledonia news for several years and was a faithful blood donor for many years.

            She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, square dancing, gardening, babysitting her grandkids and hosting many family dinners.

            Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Peggy (Jerry) Overholser, Barbara (Steve) Clark, Beth (Roger) Elliott; grandchildren Brenda (Sheldon) Comer, Lesa (John) Darrah, Jeff (Lindsey) Overholser, Angie (George) Thurman, April Hentges, Andy (Danica) Clark, Randi Elliott, Jessica (Chris) Christensen; 15 great grandchildren; brother Jim Dillenburg and friend Linda; sisters Janis Danels, Donna Howell, Lois Baker, Mary Ellen Dillenburg; sisters-in-law Alice Dillenburg, Lila Dillenburg, Betty Dillenburg, Mary (Jim) Harris, Doris Todd; brother-in-law Howard Martin; and many nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bob; great granddaughter Faith; brothers Burl, Duane, Bob, and Marvin.

            Memorials are to the Ringgold County 4-H.

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