Alice Leona Mendenhall, 100, of Atlantic, passed away Aug. 17, 2014 at Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn.
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Alice was born Jan, 16, 1914, to Hans and Matilda (Christensen) Rattenborg west of Hamlin, in Audubon County. Around the age of 9, she moved into Hamlin and her parents farmed an acreage on the south end of town. She enjoyed her childhood and was proud to skip a grade in school. Alice had seven brothers and sisters. She was also very proud to be the only one to reach 100 years old. She always regretted not getting to go to high school, but back then it was more like getting out - to work. She always had jobs taking care of new babies and mothers of which, years later we heard many stories.
On March 23, 1935, she married Jimmie Mendenhall in Atlantic. Following their marriage, they started farming and raising a family.
In later years, she worked at the Audubon Hospital and Salem Lutheran Home. In 1965, they moved to Atlantic and she was employed at the Atlantic Hospital as an aide, until her retirement.
Alice and her friend Mary, took some bus trips to Branson, Mo., and she was always ready to take trips with the kids over to the horse races with her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Connie.
She was only sick a few times, as a young child and in later years had a broken arm which always bothered her. Her mind was sharp up to the end so we all had good conversations with her. She was very proud of her Danish heritage and her family.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Hamlin Lutheran church and did the same for her children.
Every night she said the Lord's Prayer in Danish and loved to talk Danish with her beauty operator Sheiree Planck. She had been a resident since July 1 at Salem Lutheran Homes in Elk Horn.
One of her final comments was, "I really want to thank you kids for everything you did for me . . . We've had a lot of fun!"
Alice is survived by two daughters, Marlene (Otis) Carr of Papillion, Neb., and Dorothy (Jim) Kelgor of Atlantic; two sons, Roger Mendenhall of Atlantic, and Bob (Carol) Mendenhall of Sigourney; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister-in-law, Mrs. Roy Rattenborg of Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Jack (Connie) Mendenhall; 7 brothers and sisters; sisters- and brothers-in-law, and daughter-in-law, Beverly Mendenhall.
Funeral services will he held at 10 a.m., Saturday Aug. 23 at the Hamlin Lutheran Church with Pastor Steven Frock officiating.
Burial will be in the Hamlin Cemetery. Following services at the cemetery, the family invites you to join them for lunch in the church fellowship hall.
Open visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20 through Friday, August 22 at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.
Roland Funeral Home is caring for Alice's family and her arrangements. Condolences can be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com
Roland Funeral Services
204 E 5th St
Atlantic, IA 50022
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Aug. 22, 2014