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Vera Daughton

Vera Emma Gibson was born April 5, 1915, the oldest of three daughters of Nile Huston Gibson and Edith Esther (Campbell) Gibson. She passed away at the age of 101 years on May 8, 2016 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Vera attended rural one-room schools until she entered high school in Grand River, Iowa, graduating in 1933. She took a Normal Training course at Simpson College during the following summer and began her teaching career that fall at the Daughton rural school in Decatur County. Vera and Jim (James Lowell) Daughton were married on January 1, 1935 at the Methodist parsonage in Mount Ayr, Iowa. In 1940, they moved to a farm near Kellerton where they lived all their married lives. They had three children: Patricia Jane, Kathryne Ann, and William Dean. After the children got older, Vera returned to teaching. She taught elementary and junior high grades at Lesanville, Beaconsfield, Ellston, and Tingley schools. During this time she also took college courses in the summers and weekends to complete her education, receiving her Bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1967. Vera enjoyed her students and she got a great deal of satisfaction from teaching until her retirement in 1977.

Their family was very important to Vera and Jim, and they hosted many fun and memorable family gatherings in the summers and on holidays. Vera had many interests including needlework, ceramics, flower and vegetable gardening, and drawing and painting. She also enjoyed social activities of bowling and bridge club with neighbors and friends. Vera was a member of the Kellerton United Methodist Church. Due to failing health, she entered Clearview Home in the summer of 2010.

Vera was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years Jim Daughton; her daughter Patricia Boswell; granddaughter Julie Boswell; her parents, Edith and Nile Gibson; two sisters Freda Clark and Vivian Radnich; brothers-in-law Maurice Clark and Steve Radnich.

She is survived by daughter Kay (Bob) Sickels and son Bill (Nancy) Daughton; nine grandchildren Ron (Corby) Boswell, Mary Jane Boswell Applegate (Kevin Hunt, special friend), Andy (Dena) Boswell, Mike (Vicki) Sickels, Richard Sickels, Lori (Randy) Sickels Friedman, Dave (Dixie) Daughton, Joe (Dawn) Daughton, Matt (Jules) Daughton; son-in-law Bill Boswell; twenty great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; ten great great grandchildren and step-great great grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, students, and friends.

Memorials are to the Building Project at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.

  • Open Visitation Without Family Present

    May 12, 2016
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    May 13, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Friday May 13 2016

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

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Vera was always a nice gal to sit beside and enjoy a cuppa coffee or to play cards with or other games that the neighborhood ladies enjoyed each morn in Kellerton. Her mind was s harp and she was known for her wit and comments. Always expressed with kindness. dejBF

Posted by linda smith - summerville, SC - Neighbor   May 08, 2018

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

A wonderful lady. Vera was my teacher in 6 th grade in Tingley

I would visit with her every time I went in to see my mom at Clearview. After she asked my name each time, she would remember me. She could name off all the teachers she taught with in Tingley

In March I introduced my grandson to her. he is 8. He couldn''t get over that she was over 100!

She will be missed

Bill Breckenridge

Posted by Bill Breckenridge - Clive, IA - Student   May 12, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

One of my favorite teachers during my Junior High years was Mrs. Daughton.
Not only a great teacher but also caring and compassionate toward her
students. She was willing to listen to any problems long before there were official ''counselors'' in the school! Mrs. Daughton then became ''Vera'' when I was
working in the school office and she would stop by. Always cheerful,
always interested in education, her visits would lead to reminiscing about those
school days, remembering the school buildings she had taught in, and all the
changes since then. Her attire, her mannerisms, her demeanor were those of
a true lady . I was fortunate to have her as a teacher and then blessed to call her
a friend in my adult life. Sympathy to the family for your loss. Lam.3:22-24

Posted by Donna Shields - Branson, MO - Friend   May 12, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

In peace you now are Vera - having left your wondrous mark on me for life. I will cherish our friendship forever.

Posted by Deanna Groves - Thayer, IA - Friend   May 11, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Mrs. Daughton was my 2nd and 5th Grade teacher. She is one of the great ones. She touched many students lives and is fondly remembered by all.

Posted by Lois Ibbotson - Tingley, IA - Student   May 11, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your grandmothers passing. God bless you Vicki and Adam. We love you

Posted by Denise Rutenbeck - Clinton, IA - Family   May 10, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Vera was a very special lady and teacher. She was my favorite, always seemed to be fair with everyone. taught us all some good lessons. will always be remembered with special thoughts. May she rest in rest...Prayers for her family to deal with the grief at this time.

Posted by Curt and Sue Jones - Ellston, IA - Student   May 10, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Vera was such a nice person to know. We all shared M thru F coffee at the Kellerton Cafe and then down to the Community Center to play cards, skipo or trivia pursuit. What fun the gals had for that special hour . I visited Vera at Clearview and took her books to read. Especially by her favorite author Janet Dailey, that had ties to Leon, Iowa. She would always smile, always knew you and usually had something witty to say. Vera and Jim were good neighbors in the community and we have lost a great person. Vera will be missed in our community and condolences to her family.

Posted by linda and Bill smith - summerville, SC - Neighbor   May 10, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I was saddened to hear of Mrs. Daughton''s passing. My deepest heartfelt sympathies to her family and friends. Mrs Daughton was my 2nd and 5th grade teacher. She was an amazing lady who showed great care for her students. I visited her just a couple years back when my dad was in the nursing home and at age 99 she still could tell you the names of her students and still cared greatly about their lives. Rest in peace Mrs. Daughton. Thank you!!!

Posted by Lori Tull - Creston, IA - Student   May 09, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Vera was such a kind and caring woman. I am so glad I had the opportunity to know her. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Diane Case - Ellston, IA   May 09, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM