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Myrna Dodge Mount Ayr

Published: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 11:30 a.m. CDT

Myrna L. Dodge, 92, of Mount Ayr died Nov. 18, 2012, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Graceland Cemetery in Creston. Open visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. A memorial fund has been established to the family for designation later.

Myrna L. Dodge, daughter of Willena (Standley) and James Summerville, was born July 12, 1920, near Bridgewater.

Myrna spent most of her young life in Creston, where the family operated a neighborhood grocery store.

In 1938, Myrna married Benjamin Dodge at Fort Des Moines, where he was stationed as a cavalryman. She moved with Ben from duty station to duty station, until he was sent overseas for World War II. During the war years, Myrna moved back to Creston to live with her mother and sisters.

After the war, Myrna and Ben again moved among several duty stations until finally settling at Travis Air Force Base near Vacaville, Calif.

In 1964, the Dodge family moved back to Creston.

After Ben’s death in 1985, Myrna lived alone until relocating to Mount Ayr to be closer to her son and his family.

During her life, Myrna worked as a homemaker, secretary, hotel maid and small business owner.

Myrna also was a Cub Scout den mother and member of the VFW auxiliary. She was a member of Creston Seven-Day Adventist Church.

Myrna is survived by her son Darrell (Angela) Dodge of Mount Ayr; grandchildren, Annie (Rick) Schweitzberger of Grimes and Jentry (Daniel) Graham of Diagonal; great-grandchildren, Emrey and Teag Schweitzberger and Dylan and Drew Graham; sister Carrie (James) Culpepper of Portsmouth, Va.; special niece Norma Jean Crittenden of Mounds, Okla.; several other nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her husband, Myrna was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Ben Dodge, four brothers and two sisters.

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