The Ottumwa Courier

Obituaries

January 23, 2013

Irma McQuary, 92, Centerville

CENTERVILLE — Irma McQuary, 92, formerly of Centerville, died with loving care Jan. 21, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center Long Term Care.

She was born Jan. 24, 1920, in Marceline, Mo., the daughter of Frank and Lela (Monk) McDonald.

Growing up in Prairie Hill, Mo., she loved music and earned a college scholarship for her singing ability. She transferred to Northeast Missouri State University to play softball and basketball and soon met the love of her life, a handsome football player named Warren (Mac) McQuary.

After graduation from college, Mac flew home during a short leave from his service as a naval pilot in World War II to marry his beautiful bride, Irma. After their wedding, Mac returned to serve in the Navy, and Irma proceeded to leave a legacy of appreciative students when she taught and coached boys’ basketball in Missouri. Eventually they moved to Centerville, where she taught physical education and special education at Howar Junior High in Centerville.

Irma was a devoted mother to their children Pam, Tim and John. Her love of sports and music extended to enjoying the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When she was no longer able to attend the actual events, she enjoyed listening to the Big Reds and Redettes, the Hawkeyes and golf tournaments on TV or radio.

She was renowned for her wonderful cooking, and she enjoyed preparing special dishes for family, friends, parties, church and funeral dinners. She was a loyal and devoted friend who never hesitated offer her opinion but would never speak an unkind word of anyone. She was very level headed and yet was known for her sense of humor. Irma also had a special flair for fashion and decorating.

Irma was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church and also enjoyed socializing, dancing and travel. Her clubs included PEO, Mother’s Club, TTT Chapter ER, MXL, Hook and Eye Club and Outlook Club. The Appanoose County Country Club was a particularly special place for Irma to spend time with friends, where she enjoyed playing golf and bridge. 

She is survived by her children, Pam (Jim) Oden  of Exline, John (Geralyn) McQuary of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Tim McQuary of Centerville; sister, Wanda (Verlin) Ulshafer of Raytown, Mo.; grandchildren, Jamie (Jaren) Tubaugh, Jodie (Scott) McCoy, Shawn (Holly) Oden, Justin Oden, Shannon (Amy) McQuary, Bailey McQuary and Morgan McQuary; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson, Bentley Felton. She is also survived by in-laws, Harold Keeling, Carol McQuary and Nila McQuary.

Irma was preceded in death by her husband, Warren McQuary; her siblings, Jack McDonald, Ruth Keeling and twin infant siblings, Yola and Zola.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Faith United Methodist Church in Centerville; with Pastor Cindy Finn officiating. 

Visitation will be two hours prior to the time of service at the church.

Memorial has been established to the Faith United Methodist Church and can be left at or mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory at 1900 South 18th St. Centerville, Iowa 52544.

Condolences may be left at www.langefh.com.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • 0723 OTT obit William Helmick photo -T -L -M William Helmick ELDON — William H. Helmick, 94, of Eldon, formerly of Ottumwa and Altoona, went to be with his heavenly father on July 20, 2014, at his home in Eldon. Bill Henry Helmick, son of Charles and Eva Mae (Murphy) Helmick, was born March 27, 1920, the oldes

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 OTT obit Richard Wormhoudt photo -T -L -M Richard Wormhoudt OTTUMWA — Richard “Dick” Wormhoudt, 92, a World War II Navy veteran, entered into eternal life on July 17, 2014, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Effingham, Illinois. Richard Caldwell Wormhoudt was born on Dec. 25, 1921, the son of He

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 OTT obit Paul Spencer photo -T -L -M Paul Spencer MORAVIA — Paul (Junior) Spencer, 82, of Moravia, died July 20, 2014, at his home in Moravia. He was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Moravia to Paul Samuel and Lelia Pearl Pence Spencer. A 1949 graduate of Moravia high school, he enlisted with the U.S. Army, s

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 OTT obit Tina Chastain photo -T -L -M Tina Chastain OTTUMWA — Tina Marie Chastain, 56, of 1441 W. Finley Ave., died July 21, 2014, at her home. She was born April 13, 1958, in Ottumwa to Warren J. and Alice Overturf Young. She married Bob Chastain on October 21, 1978. They later divorced. A 1976 gra

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charlotte Woodward MORAVIA — Charlotte Woodward, 90, of Moravia, died July 20, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene in Moravia; Revs. Terry Chapman and Ken Martin officiating. Interment will follow

    July 22, 2014

  • Keith Worrell OTTUMWA — Franklin Keith Worrell, 93, formerly of 1908 N. Court, died at 2:50 a.m. July 20, 2014, at The Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. He was born January 11, 1921, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Lewis and Waunetta Bertram Worrell. He married Mary Aileen Ho

    July 22, 2014

  • Geneva Lames BLOOMFIELD — Geneva C. “Jerry” Lames, 95, of Farmington, Arkansas, died July 21, 2014, in Farmington. She was born July 9, 1919, in Nemaha, Iowa, the daughter of Oscar J. and Leora Grace Biggins King. She was a retired employee of Osco Drug and a mem

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT obit Madeline McDowell photo -T -L -M Madeline McDowell OTTUMWA — Madeline McDowell, 95, of Greeley, Colorado, formerly of Ottumwa, passed away at Grace Pointe on July 14, 2013. She was born March 13, 1918, to Earl and Flossie Strang Hem in Davis County, Iowa. She married Edwin J. McDowell in Ottumwa, I

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 OTT obit Lowell Sims photo -T -L -M Lowell Sims RUSSELL — Services for Lowell Sims, 84, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday the First Baptist Church, Russell. Interment will be in the Russell Cemetery. Family will greet friends at from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at the church. Husband of Arlene

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gus Leedom BLOOMFIELD — Clinton Gus Leedom, 49, of 11202 Nickel Ave., died July 21, 2014. Arrangements are pending at Reece Funeral Home.

    July 22, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National