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Martina Stephens Vest

Martina Marie Stephens, daughter of Dwight F. & Mary B. (Brown) Stephens, was born in Benton Township, Ringgold County, Iowa, on September 15, 1932.

Martina married Rex Irvin Vest in Creston, Iowa. To this marriage, six children were born: Patricia, Peggy, Jane, Sherry, Shirley, and Judy. Rex was in the military and the family moved about every three years and lived in California, Montana, Illinois and Iowa. Martina was a stay at home mom and cared for her family. She made their clothes and covered them with love. Martina helped with Girl Scouts and other activities in their lives. She was a Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed gardening and caring for her flowers. Martina was a foster parent to Avis, who lived with the family.

In 1988, Martina moved to Martensdale, Iowa to care for her parents. Martina worked at The Plaza helping visitors with directions and information. She would become a caregiver for Tabitha Brandonberg. Martina will always be remembered as "Nonny" to her family. She was an inspiration to them and was instrumental in turning around the lives of family members that strayed from the right paths in life.

Martina passed away on March 6, 2017 at Iowa Methodist Unity Point Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her two brothers John Everett and Charles.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Patti Simmons, Peggy Langlitz, Jane Richmond, Sherry Bates, Shirley Combs, and Judy Newman; 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; her partner for over 20 years, Floyd "Butch" Maxon and his two daughters; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Memorials are to United Cerebral Palsy.

Services: 12:00 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017 at Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt. Ayr, Iowa

Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong

Visitation: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fri, March 10 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt. Ayr, Iowa

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery - Mt. Ayr, Iowa

Memorials: United Cerebral Palsy

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Thinking of all of you. I have many fond memories of your mom and will always think of her as part of our family. Our thoughts and prayer are with you girls and your families. God bless. Sending our love, Uncle Dick and Aunt Sherrel

Sherrel Miller Mar 7 2017 12:00 AM

To my nieces and their families, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We have great memories of your mom - our trip to Riverside, California for Aunt Betty's wedding, your visits at Grandpa and Grandma Vest in Creston, and the trips we made to Illinois to visit. We will cherish those times. I know your families have many great moments to share with each other. Although we won't be able to be with you on Friday, know we will be there in spirit. Love you and hugs for all. Love Aunt Sharon and Uncle Don

Don and Sharon Irelan Mar 7 2017 12:00 AM