Elaine Margaret Younkin, 89, of Fort Madison, formerly of Montrose, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Fort Madison Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center.
She was born July 10, 1932, in Donnellson, the daughter of Clemons and Velma Kirchner Anton. She graduated from Donnellson High School with the class of 1951.
On March 15, 1953, Elaine was united in marriage with Robert C. Younkin in Donnellson. He preceded her in death on March 10, 2012.
She was a member of the Montrose Presbyterian Church, King's Daughters, and the Republican Caucus. She sang in the St. Barnabas Choir in Montrose.
Elaine was an avid seamstress and made many of her own clothes as well as clothing for her children. She was a gardener with a green thumb and enjoyed working in her flower beds and her vegetable garden. Elaine and Robert enjoyed traveling world-wide with her sister and brother in-law, Vivian & Dale, visiting such places as Europe and Africa and doing an Amazon cruise. Elaine was a devoted homemaker and farmer's wife and spent her life making a wonderful home for her husband and children.
She is survived by two sons, Douglas (Martha) Younkin of Union, Mo., and Alan (Michael Schelp) Younkin of Manhattan, N.Y.; one daughter, Joann (Don) Mutch of Moline, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Joshua Younkin of Virginia, Adam (Madeline) Younkin of Longmont, Colo., Michelle (Philip) Moe of Geneseo, Ill., Morgan (Lainey) Younkin of Boston, Mass., Hayley (Chris) Younkin-Wilson of Chicago, Ill., Leah (Danny) Colon-Younkin of Denver, Colo., Eric (Kelly) Mutch of Elmhurst, Ill., and Gordon Younkin of Ithaca, N.Y.; seven great-grandchildren, Callan and Beckett Moe, Jackson Mutch, Branson and Jude Younkin, and twins, Evie and Sybil Younkin-Wilson. She is also survived by one sister Vivian Weber of Montrose; and two brothers, Harold (Alice) Anton of Fort Collins, Colo., and Ed (Becky) Anton of Sacramento, Calif.
Besides her husband, Elaine was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law Sybil Younkin; and a brother-in-law Dale Weber.
Private family services were held.
Memorials may be made to Fort Madison Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center or the Montrose Township Historical Society.
Vigen Memorial Home in Montrose is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com.
Published by Daily Gate from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2021.