Funeral services for Nellie Jean Dustin, 91, were held Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon. Ministers Kevin Humphrey and James Stayton officiating. Interment was in the Gray Cemetery west of Gray. The honorary casket bearer was Larry McCaslen. The casket bearers were Craig Moeller, John Moeller, Chuck Humphrey, Joseph Fountain, Andrew Stayton, and Nathan Reed. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon, was in charge of the arrangements. A memorial service will be held in Independence, Mo., at a later date.
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Nellie Jean Dustin, the daughter of James and Mary Ellen (Talcott) Allen was born Nov. 27, 1922, in Arion, and died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at her home in Independence, Mo., at the age of 91 years, 11 months, and 15 days.
Jean grew up and attended school in the Arion area. On Aug. 16, 1947, she was united in marriage to E. C. (Bill) Dustin. Four daughters Mary Jo, Susan Kay, Carol Sue, and Shirley Jean were born to this union.
Jean worked as a telephone operator in Audubon before she became the secretary to the principal at the Audubon High School. She was the secretary there for 25 years. Soon after her husband's death in 1988, she moved to Independence, Mo.
Jean was an active musician. She sang solos and played piano at weddings, funerals, and churches in the Audubon area. She accompanied music students for music contest solos for many years. After moving to Independence, she gave piano lessons and continued to play for church. She attended the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints while living in Iowa. After moving to Independence she attended the Mount Zion Restoration Branch.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband Bill Dustin and her daughters Susan Kay, Carol Sue, and Shirley Jean.
Survivors include her daughter Mary Jo Stayton and husband James of Independence, Mo.; her grandchildren Andrew Stayton and wife Lauren; Mary Reed and husband Nathan; Margaret Fountain and husband Joseph and her great-granddaughter Madelyn Grace Reed; her sister Inez McCaslen of Sioux City; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Kessler Funeral Home
515 S Division St
Audubon, IA 50025
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Nov. 21 to Nov. 28, 2014