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Mildred  Lea Elliott
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Obituary for Mildred Lea Elliott

Mildred Lea Elliott, 84, of Shenandoah, Iowa, formerly of Rock Port, Missouri and Canon City, Colorado, peacefully entered into the arms of her lord on Tuesday morning, January 9, 2018 at her home in Shenandoah.

Celebration of life funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Faith Covenant Church in Essex with Rev. Jim Ressegieu officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday evening at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home. Memorials in Mildred's name are being directed to the Essex Faith Covenant Church or to the Shenandoah Senior Center. Burial will take place in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Mildred Lea Elliott, daughter of Floyd Milo and Osa Mae (Hathaway) Church, was born on September 1, 1933 in Yuma, Colorado. She entered into the arms of her Lord on Tuesday morning, January 9, 2018 at her Shenandoah, Iowa home at the age of 84 years, 4 months, 8 days.

Her early life was spent on the Colorado plains. At the age of 11, Mildred and her family moved to Shenandoah, Iowa. They spent one year in Shenandoah before moving to Blockton, Iowa. During her sophomore year of high school the family moved back to Shenandoah where she graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1951.

On October 17, 1954, Mildred was united in marriage to Robert George Elliott at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. To this union two daughters, Sheryl Ann (1955) and Ronda Lea (1959) were born. Following their marriage they made their home in the Locust Grove community. She and Bob joined the Locust Grove Church in 1955 and Mildred maintained her membership until the church closed in 2015.

During high school, Mildred worked at Spurgeon’s and following graduation, kept books for Squire Dairy until they sold out in 1955. In 1957, they moved to Denver, Colorado, later returning to Red Oak, Iowa, where she helped run the family trucking business. In 1965, she and Bob bought a farm near Rock Port, Missouri and from 1966 to 1972 Mildred worked at the Atchison County Mail (newspaper) where she wrote and kept books. She also worked at a western store and fabric store in Rock Port until the mid-eighties. After leaving the farm and moving back to Colorado, Bob and Mildred built two houses and a log cabin in the mountains. In October 2001, Mildred moved back to Shenandoah. In 2002, she began working in the funeral industry as a funeral assistant and continued to work right up until her health deteriorated the end of December 2017 with Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service.

A self-proclaimed socialite, Mildred was active in a number of clubs and organizations. Among those were the Rainbow Girls, YWCA, Extension Club, Continental Club, New Neighbors Club, travel club, crafts club, Red Hats and Rebecca Lodge. She loved to cook and entertain and enjoyed sewing, making two wedding dresses and attendant outfits for five weddings. Her and Bob also loved to square dance.

Preceding Mildred in death were her parents; sisters, Neva Church and Charlotte Carlson; daughter, Sheryl Mainquist (2000); husband of 46 years, Bob (2001); sister-in-law, Barbara Elliott; brother-in-law, C. Leland Carlson; father and mothers-in-law, Henry and Marjorie and Mildred Elliott. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Ronda Woods and husband Curtis of Red Oak, IA; son-in-law, Wilbur Mainquist of Red Oak, IA; six grandchildren, Jason Mainquist and wife Amber of Haslet, TX, Jeff Mainquist and wife Tammy of Malvern, IA, Colby Woods and wife Jessica of Elkhorn, NE, Haley Woods of Red Oak, IA, and Heath Woods and Hunter Woods of Red Oak, IA; great grandchildren, Dalton and Carson Mainquist of Haslet, TX, Wesley and Wyatt Mainquist of Malvern, IA and Ruby Woods of Elkhorn, NE; special niece, Carla Kirchert and husband Les of Essex, IA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Howard and Pat Elliott of Farragut, IA, Jane and Luther Thompson of Rock Port, MO, Harriett Elliott of Farragut, IA, Henry Elliott of Red Oak, IA, Wendee and Doug McVicker of Findlay, OH and Greg Beam of Missouri Valley, IA; other relatives and many friends.

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service

405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601





11:00 AM
Faith Covenant Church

212 Alice St.
Essex, IA 51638

Celebration of Life Funeral Service

Cemetery Details


Locust Grove Cemetery

2933 405th Ave
Locust Grove Township
Farragut, IA 51639

Memorial Contribution

Shenandoah Senior Center

403 W Sheridan Ave
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Faith Covenant Church

212 Alice St.
Essex, IA 51638

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