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Charlene Toms

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Charlene Toms

West Des Moines

Charlene C. Cissell Toms, 79, of West Des Moines, died on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. The family will greet friends on Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at McLaren's Resthaven Chapel with private family burial at Resthaven Cemetery.

Charlene was born on October 14, 1933 in Cleveland, OH, the daughter of Chalmer and Bernice Ryner Cissell. She graduated from Valley High School in 1953. Charlene married William E. Toms in 1954 and they were blessed with two children.

Charlene was a member of the Valley Alumni Association and the Red Hat Club and enjoyed bowling and camping in her younger years and visiting area casinos in her later years. She was a devoted mother who loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly.

Charlene is survived by her son, Jerry (Terrie) Toms of Norwalk; son-in-law, Jonathan Volz of Grimes; grandchildren Brandon (Pomposa) of Des Moines, Jessica (John) Laurie of Norwalk, Rachel Volz of Grimes and Justin Volz of Johnston; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; daughter, LeeAnn Volz; and brothers, Chalmer Cissell Jr. and Leo Gary Cissell.

As a show of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Hospice in Johnston. On-line condolences may be left at


Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 11, 2012
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