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Nina Saltzman

Nina Alice Miller Saltzman was born July l, 1927, at the home of her parents, James A. and Myrtle Rae (Morris) Miller, northeast of Redding, Iowa. She grew up with two older sisters, Margaret and Marjorie.

Nina attended school in Redding and graduated in 1944. There weren't many in her class, but she liked to keep in touch with them and attended many class reunions.

Some of her fond memories growing up were slumber parties with her friend Pauline Comer (Henn), riding her pony Sparkle to Pauline's and sometimes to town to pick up groceries. She had a bulldog named Fanny.

She met Robert Saltzman November 4, 1945, and they went to a show on their first date. They were married September 15, 1946, at the Mount Ayr Methodist Church with Richard and Frances Saltzman as attendants.

They lived on the Bert A. Saltzman farm south of Lesanville from their marriage until 1966, when they moved to a rented farm southeast of Tingley for one year and then moved northeast of Mt. Ayr to a farm owned by Jessie Lesan. Robert and Nina purchased their farm northeast of Mt. Ayr in 1973 and lived there until they moved to Mt. Ayr in 1997. She lived in her own home until July, 2008, when she moved to Clearview Estates. She moved to Clearview Nursing Home in December, 2016. Her son Ronald Curtis was born June 23, 1948, and her daughter Barbara Jean was born November 4, 1950.

Nina worked at REA, Security State Bank, Ringgold County Extension Office, Ringgold County Farm Bureau, and Production Credit Association. She had a remarkable mind for names, dates, and numbers. She enjoyed genealogy and shared her information with other family members. At assisted living she was proud of often winning trivia contests. Her mind was still sharp until a week or so before she died.

Nina was a talented seamstress and sewed clothes for herself, her children and grandchildren, and her daughter-in-law as well as making quilt tops. She was interested in crafts such as ceramics, embroidery, and paper cutting. She was a great cook who canned beef and made lots of good pies, including mincemeat, as well as other desserts. In the summer they enjoyed making ice cream and one week made nine gallons. She made fudge and divinity at Christmastime.

Nina had macular degeneration for many years and was declared legally blind in 1998, but she compensated and continued doing many things she loved as well as learned to use a computer.

Preceding Nina in death were her husband Robert Saltzman on December 1, 2000; her parents; Bob's parents; sisters Margaret Hawk and Marjorie McDonald; brothers-in-law George B. Hawk and Ira (Mac) McDonald; niece JoAnn Hawk; and son-in-law Dan Foy.

Survivors include her children, Ron (Karen) of Corning, Iowa, and Barbara Foy of Urbandale, Iowa; grandchildren, Steven Saltzman of Ames, Amy Saltzman (Govind Persad) of Washington, DC, and Evan Foy of Urbandale; cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Memorials are for a scholarship, in her memory, at Mount Ayr Community High School and the Iowa Commission for the Blind.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 United Methodist Church - Mount Ayr, Iowa

Visitation: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sat, Feb 4 United Methodist Church - Mount Ayr, Iowa

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery - Mount Ayr, Iowa

Memorials: Scholarship at Mt Ayr High School and the Iowa Commission for the Blind

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So sorry to hear of Nina's passing. She was such a sweet lady. Enjoyed visiting with her when I worked at the Ringgold County Hospital. You have our deepest sympathy. John and Linda Barber

Linda Barber Feb 4 2017 12:00 AM

Barb & Ronnie and families We are so sorry to hear of Nina's passing. She was a wonderful person and I so enjoyed her happy smile and positive attitude in how she dealt with her blindness. That took much courage but she made it look so easy. Both our families have been so blessed with wonderful mothers and Terry and I share your sorrow as we know from our own mother's passing last June. They were great friends and know they are enjoying one another again. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Connie (McGahuey) Stoltzfus

Connie McGahuey Stoltzfus Feb 3 2017 12:00 AM

We are sorry to learn of Nina's death. We look forward to seeing her alive again in the resurrection. John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Feb 3 2017 12:00 AM

Barb and Ronnie, I was sorry to hear your mother "Winged her way to Heaven". You will find comfort in the many special memories you have of you mother all through the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Kathy McFarland

Kathy Mcfarland Feb 1 2017 12:00 AM