Ollivene Leoris (Merk) Mendenhall (1921 - 2015)

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Funeral services for Ollivene L. Mendenhall, 93, were held Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Hockenberry-England Funeral Home in Audubon. Committal services were held in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon, following the funeral service. Hockenberry-England Funeral Home in Audubon, was in charge of the arrangements.
Ollivene Leoris Merk was born May 10, 1921, the daughter of Isaac Charles and Anna Marie (Buthwig) Merk in Audubon County, and passed away March 3, 2015, at the Friendship Home in Audubon.
The Merk family lived on a small farm?northwest of Audubon. Like most farm?families, they knew how to work hard?and how to do things for themselves. She attended country school at Leroy #3 and graduated from the Audubon High School.
On Aug. 1, 1937, Ollivene was married to Homer B. Mendenhall at the Christian Church parsonage in Audubon. Ollivene worked at the Audubon County Hospital for 25 years as head cook and also served as head dietician. She was later employed at General Electric in Carroll.
Ollivene was known for being a great cook. She could always be found in her kitchen at the stove, having coffee and sharing stories with friends and neighbors or looking out the window bird watching. She also enjoyed gardening, crocheting, traveling and photography.
Ollivene was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Mendenhall; her son, Derald Mendenhall; her parents, Charles and Anna Merk; and her sister, Thelma Fritsch.
She is survived by her children, Marilyn Andreasen of Tabor, Deloris (Roy) Rustvold of Audubon, Gary (Patty) Mendenhall of Carroll, and Jeff Mendenhall of Branson, Mo.; her grandchildren, Brad Mendenhall, Randy (Dorene) Mendenhall, Gina Lillie, Mike Andreasen, Lisa Whiten, Sherry Christiansen, Tammy Leonard, Clinton Rosenbeck, Misty (Michael) Boes, Reese Mendenhall and Conner Mendenhall; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Elinor Anderson of Naples, Fla.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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Audubon, IA 50022
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Mar. 13 to Mar. 20, 2015