Miscellaneous Des Moines County, Iowa Obituaries


Mildred Fischer
Mildred Fischer, 94, of Fairfield, died at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Jefferson County Hospital in Fairfield.
Born July 1, 1906, in Fairfield, she was the daughter of Orlando Lee and Floramel Chatterton Hiatt. She married Robert Farrell Fischer on Feb. 18, 1928, in Fairfield. He died Nov. 2, 1977.
Mrs. Fischer grew up in the rural Fairfield community and graduated from Fairfield High School. She taught in rural Jefferson County schools and also farmed with her husband before moving to Fairfield in 1951. She worked at Spurgeons department store for 20 years.
She was a member of the First Christian Church and its women's groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Jefferson County Hospital Auxiliary and worked in the auxiliary's Bargain Box. She enjoyed her bridge clubs and crafts, especially crocheting.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Fischer of Burlington and Ronald Fischer of Fairfield; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marjorie Schiedel of Fairfield. 
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, two grandchildren and one brother.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Raymond Funeral Home in Fairfield.
The funeral for Mrs. Fischer will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church in Fairfield, with the Rev. Traverce Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for her church and Jefferson County Hospital Auxiliary.

Mary Dresden
Mary Louise Dresden, 89, of 3336 245th Ave., Keokuk, died at 5:05 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2001, at Keokuk Nursing Center.
Born Sept. 18, 1911, in Keokuk, she was the daughter of John and Florence Rein Immegart. She married Frank Kavanaugh on Aug. 3, 1938, in Keokuk. She later married Clarence J. Dresden on Oct. 15, 1949, in Kahoka, Mo. He died Nov. 6, 1968.
Mrs. Dresden was a homemaker and also worked at Immegart Dairy.
She was of the Christian faith.
Survivors include one daughter, Marcella Harmon of Keokuk; one grandson; one foster sister, Janet Hausch of Keokuk; two stepdaughters, Juanita Abolt and Josephine Rebo; one stepson, Clarence E. Dresden; and several cousins.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and several other relatives.
There will be no visitation.
The graveside service for Mrs. Dresden will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hickory Grove Cemetery, north of Keokuk, with Brother Larry Mack officiating.

Hazel Athey
Hazel Irene Athey, 94, a lifelong resident of Hamilton, Ill., died at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Ill.
Born Aug. 6, 1906, in LaBelle, Mo., she was the daughter of Porter and Martha E. Allen McCracken. She married Lehman Campbell Athey on Dec. 27, 1930, in Hamilton.
Mrs. Athey was a 1925 graduate of Hamilton High School and of Gem City Business College in Quincy, Ill.
She was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church and Order of Eastern Star, Pocahontas Chapter, both of Hamilton. She was active with the Hamilton Senior Center and enjoyed keeping up with current events. She also enjoyed gardening and traveling with family and loved animals, especially dogs and horses.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at Lamporte Funeral Home in Hamilton.
The funeral for Mrs. Athey will be at 11 a.m. today at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jerald Bown officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton.
A memorial has been established for the First Christian Church's formal front entrance.

Clayton Worley
Clayton Worley, 100, of Columbus Junction, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Colonial Manor Care Center in Columbus Junction, after an extended illness.
Born Dec. 28, 1900, in Conesville, he was the son of Loran and Clara Robinson Worley. He first married Dorothy Beliel. She preceded him in death. He married Alice VanWinkle Arington on July 17, 1946, in Kahoka, Mo. She died May 23, 1984.
Mr. Worley farmed in the Columbus Junction area and worked for 14 years for the Rock Island Railroad.
Survivors include five sons, Verle and Lester, both of Washington, Iowa, Kenneth of Burlington, Rayford of Jefferson City, Mo., and Jim of Iowa City; one daughter, Doris Mineart of Fairfield; one stepdaughter, Donna Beason of Ankeny; one brother, Milton of Arcadia, Ind.; two sisters, Wilma Wilson of Gravois Mills, Mo., and Anita Truitt of Sallisaw, Okla.; 36 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
Besides his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters and one son.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Stacy-Lewis Funeral Home in Columbus Junction.
The funeral for Mr. Worley will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Columbus City Cemetery. 
A memorial has been established for Colonial Manor Care Center.

Wesley Gillham
Wesley David "Doug" Gillham, 43, of Mendon, Ill., died at 8:35 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, in Lima, Ill. Funeral arrangements are pending at Lamporte Funeral Home in Warsaw, Ill.

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