Martha "Marty" Louise Iverson

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May 25, 1918 - December 28, 2009

On December 28, 2009, Marty Iverson, age 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep. Marty was born May 25, 1918 in Denhoff, North Dakota. She graduated from Denhoff High School in 1936. In 1938 Marty received her
teaching certificate from Valley City Normal School and taught in a one-room school house in rural North Dakota. With the outbreak of WWII she worked for an arms plant in Salt Lake city, UT and then joined the US Navy here she served as a storekeeper until the end of the war.

Marty was stationed in Pasco, WA when she met and married Elwood "Al" Iverson in 1945. Marty and Al honeymooned in Walla Walla, WA at the Whitman Hotel before settling in Spirit Lake, IA. They were married 61 ears; had five daughters; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Marty was a mother and homemaker in Spirit Lake and Des Moines, Iowa. In 1956 the family moved to Florida and in 1964 they moved to Anchorage, Alaska. Marty worked as a bookkeeper for several private firms. She was an avid seamstress, bowler and golfer. In 1972 Marty and Al retired to San Clemente, California. There Marty was an active member of her Lutheran Church. She volunteered hours of community service to organizations such as Meals on Wheels, local hospitals and charities, and the Vietnamese Resettlement Program.

To celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary Marty and Al visited Walla Walla and were featured in a Union Bulletin newspaper article about their 1945 marriage and subsequent honeymoon at the Whitman Hotel. Two years later, in 2002 they made Walla Walla their home. Following Al's death in 2006, Marty moved into Wheatland Village. She enjoyed her new community of friends, the supportive staff and the frequent bus rides to local areas of interest.

Marty is survived by her five daughters, Janet Barnes (Greg) of Olympia, WA; Joanne Brenner (Gary) of Issaquah, WA; Patty Weeks (Tony) of Walla Walla, WA; Marybeth Queral (Isaac) of Rochester, WA; Teresa Powers (Tim) of Des Moines, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a large extended family. Mary is preceded in death by her husband, five brothers, four sisters, and two granddaughters.

Amemorial service is being held on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 3:00pm in the chapel at Wheatland Village. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.

The family appreciates and wishes to thank the staff and management of Wheatland Village for the years of respect and service they gave to Marty.

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