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Funeral services for Mildred M. Herron, 93, were held Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Bayard. Pastor Karen Patrick officiating. Honorary casket bearers were her great-grandchildren: Makenzi Hoit, Alexis Hoit, Dalton Hoit, Dillon Hoit, Brandon Hoit, Thomas Duane Herron, Tabitha Herron, Bridget Bettey, Ashley Bettey, Caden Stamper, Sawyer Herron, Hopper Herron and Lucas Herron. Casket bearers were her grandsons: Joel T. Herron, Darin Hoit, Curtis Herron, Cory Herron, Chad Herron and Daril Hoit. Interment was in the Orange Township Cemetery near Coon Rapids. The Ohde Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Mildred Mae, daughter of Elmer and Ellen (Bryan) Betts, was born Aug. 14, 1922 on the Betts home place south of Coon Rapids in Guthrie County. She attended rural school in Guthrie County and completed her education in Bayard while living with her Grandmother Hattie Bryan. She graduated from Bayard High School in 1939.
On Oct. 21, 1940 Mildred with united in marriage with Duane Thomas Herron at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Guthrie Center. Four children were born to this union. She worked at Hughes Men's Wear in Guthrie Center and the family lived on a farm south of Bayard where she loved to grow roses of many varieties and colors. When they retired from farming they lived in Guthrie Center for a brief time. In 1986 they moved to Bayard and purchased her Grandmother Hattie Bryan's home. This brought Mildred back to a very familiar house, almost full circle from where her adult life began.
Mildred was a member of the United Methodist Church in Bayard. In addition, she was an active member of card clubs, neighborhood clubs and the Rebekah Lodge. When they moved into town she, her brother and three others formed the "Snowbirds". They played for the residents of many area nursing homes for over 35 years. She had always enjoyed music, especially country western and polka. She and Duane spent many Saturday nights at Arcadia and Lake Robbins dancing the night away. From an early age, Mildred was an excellent seamstress, sewing for herself and others. She made quilts and fabric coasters and table runners among many other items.
Her husband Duane died in 1996 and Mildred continued to live in their home in Bayard. When her health began to fail last September, she became a resident of the Thomas Rest Haven Nursing Home in Coon Rapids. She then moved to The New Homestead in Guthrie Center. She died there on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at the age of 93 years, 4 months and 26 days.
Preceding her in death are her parents; husband; son Thomas Dean Herron in infancy; daughter-in-law Judy Herron; brother Melvin Betts; sister Opal Shoaf; sister-in-law Dorothy Betts and brother-in-law Dale George; Duane's Family: Wilbur Herron (Pauline), Donald Herron (Jennie); Naomi Kepple (Robert), Genevieve Hilgenberg (Gene), Geneva Crouch (Gene), Shirley Sievers (Lyle), Wilson Herron Jr. (Lucille), Margaret Nelson (Emmert), and Pauline Roller (Clayton).
Mildred is survived by three children Jerry Duane Herron of Guthrie Center, Judy Ellen Hoit of Iowa City and Dean Eldon Herron (Ann) of Guthrie Center; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers Bryan Betts of Audubon and Cleo Betts (Kae) of Elkhart, Ind.; sister Darlene George of Coon Rapids; sister-in -law Grace Betts of Omaha, Neb.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Ohde Funeral Home
402 3Rd St
Bayard, IA 50029
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22, 2016