Ellen Foland

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Independence - Ellen V. Foland, 82, of Independence, died on Friday, Dec. 24, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, following a sudden illness. She was born on July 31, 1928, in Hopkinton, the daughter of Alva Nelson and Leona Margaret (House) Smith.
She graduated from high school in Independence. On March 10, 1947, she and Doyle (Barney) Dean Foland were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence. Foland held clerical positions with the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce and the Independence Public Library before retiring. She was also an active volunteer. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Independence, the Buchanan County Historical Society (past president), the Buchanan County Genealogical Society (charter member), the Buchanan County Pioneer Cemetery Board, and the Hazleton Quilting Circle. She did research for the publication of Buchanan County, Iowa, Cemeteries – 1980, and was on the committee that produced the History of Buchanan County, Iowa – 1990. She also wrote historical articles for area newspapers. In 1981, she received the "Behind the Scenes" Award, and in 1982, she received the Governor's Leadership Award. She received the Mayor's Volunteer Award in 2006.
Foland is survived by her husband of 63 years, Barney; two grandsons: Jonathon (Maddie) Cafferty of Cedar Rapids, and Daniel Foland of Chicago, Ill.; one great-granddaughter, Melissa R. Cafferty, and one sister, Lois Powell of Long View, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Linda Cafferty; her son, David Foland, and one brother.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the White Funeral Home in Independence. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.
White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Dec. 28 to Dec. 31, 2010