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Cleta Force

Cleta Lavaun Force, daughter of Guy Ora & Ada Belle (Brown) Burch, was born June 6, 1920 at home in Liberty township, Ringgold County, Iowa.
Cleta moved with her family to Benton when she was 3 years old and she grew up there and attended and graduated from Benton High School.
On August 14, 1938, Cleta and Clifford Force went to Creston, Iowa and were married. They returned home to tell their parents about their marriage. Cleta and Clifford lived at Maloy, Iowa, Worth, Missouri, and Benton, Iowa. In 1944, they purchased and moved to a farm 3 miles west of Mount Ayr. In 1959, they sold that farm and purchased and moved to a farm further west of Mount Ayr. In 1973, they sold that farm and moved into Mount Ayr.
Cleta was a devoted farm wife and mother and provided much love and care for Alan. She enjoyed the family trips that they took; visiting with family and friends; and going camping. She was a member of the Neighborhood Women's Club and area card parties. Cleta enjoyed helping in the nursery at church.
Cleta became a resident of Clearview Home in Mount Ayr and she peacefully passed away there on August 5, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Clifford on September 25, 1992; granddaughter Kerri Dawn Hembry; sons-in-law Larry Hembry and Roy Kennedy; her twin brother Glen Burch; a brother Don Burch and sister Jean Burch.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children Sharon Kennedy of Rogers, Arkansas, Alan Force of Mount Ayr, and Glenys Essex and husband John of Independence, MO; grandchildren Sherri Wheeler of Centerton, Arkansas, L.J. Hembry of Bentonville, Arkansas, Barry Hembry of Hayden, Idaho, and Sara Essex of Independence, MO; 12 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been established for the Ringgold County Group Home.
Cleta's visitation and services are scheduled for Saturday, September 14 at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr.

  • Visitation

    September 14, 2013
    12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Graveside Service

    September 14, 2013
    1:30 PM

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Saturday September 14 2013

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

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Glenys, Alan, Sharon & Families:
I remember your Mother, Cleta, as a warm, sweet and kind woman making me feel so welcome and special the first time I came to your home as a new member of the Benton Rainbow Girls 4-H Club. I can''t remember the roll call that day, but I''ve never forgotten the brownies and other treats! I enjoyed seeing her and Glenys at a Benton Alumni Banquet more than a few years back. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I hope you have peace and comfort knowing that Heaven has received an Angel.

Posted by Vickie Butler Pierce - Las Vegas, NV - Benton Friend   September 04, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I can remember the times when we were kids coming to your place and I used to live in King City, Mo. when I was growing up. Sorry to hear about
your mother. Shaon, are you still living in Rogers, Ark.? Bill Jones

Posted by William F. (Bill) Jones - Holton, KS - cousin   August 16, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Jerry & I was sorry to hear of Cleta''s passing. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.. Please accept our sincere sympathy .

Jerry & Connie Jones

Posted by Jerry jones - St. Joseph, MO - Cousin   August 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So many memories of our famalies sharing times together. Playing games and cards, picnics, cooking, neighborhood club gatherings. What great times--going to the state fair together--those were the days! What a blessing to know and share times with both your mom and dad. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jeannette

Posted by Jeannette Schlapia Scott - Osceola, IA - friend   August 09, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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