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Martha Routh

Martha Louise (Bower) Routh, 88, died on May 25, 2015 at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Martha was born May 31, 1926 to Guy and Ethel (Patch) Bower in Bedford, Iowa. She graduated from Clearfield High School in Clearfield, Iowa.

On December 1, 1946, she was united in marriage to Donald (Mick) Routh in Troy, Kansas. They had two sons, Donald, Jr. and Robert (Bob). Mick and Martha owned and operated Mickey's Café in Clearfield, Bedford, Mount Ayr, and Emmetsburg, Iowa. In 1968, they moved to Cresco where they owned and operated the Cresco Motel until retiring in 1976.

Martha dearly loved her acreage in Cresco where she loved to watch birds and garden. When the weather wasn't fit outside, Martha loved to sew and do crafts. She could make something out of nothing!

She is survived by her son, Donald Jr. (Julie) Routh of Hampton, Iowa; granddaughters Megan (Joel) Etnier of Alden, Iowa and Nicole (Corey) Larson of Eldora, Iowa; great grandchildren Owen and Ruby Larson of Eldora and Cassidy Etnier of Alden; brothers-in-law Bill (Anna) Routh of Coffee Creek, MT and Ronnie (Bonnie) Routh of Creston, IA; sisters-in-law, Gwen (Spencer) Sandeman of Creston, IA, Marilyn Routh of Whiting, IA, Mickey Routh of Clearfield, IA; cousins Allen Bower, Duane Bower and Sharon Arthur; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and son Robert.

A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later.

  • Graveside Service

    June 01, 2015
    11:30 AM

    Clearfield Cemetery

    Clearfield, IA

  • Burial

    Monday June 01 2015

    Clearfield Cemetery

    Clearfield, IA

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To Martha''s family, I am very sorry for your loss. Martha will be greatly missed. There are no words that I can express as to how much I will miss Martha. I have known her for over 33 years. She was a very dear friend of mine. I learned so much from Martha. Anything from pin curls in her hair to cooking, cleaning, sewing, plants and gardening...the list could go on and on. Her memory will live on in my heart forever! Janice Ollendick

Posted by Janice Ollendick - Cresco, IA - friend   May 27, 2015

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