Georgene Elizabeth Guthrie was born May 27, 1930 at Milford, Ia., to George and Bernadine (Schemmel) Wintz. She passed away Oct. 16, 2009 at the Milford Nursing Center at the age of 79.
Born as the fourth of eleven children, Georgene lived her entire life in Milford except for a few years in Glenwood, Minn. She worked at the egg plant in Spirit Lake, H.E. Jacobs and the Milford Cafe in Milford before being united in marriage to Milton Guthrie on March 13, 1948. Together they farmed for 61 years and raised seven children.
Along with her farming career and raising her family, Georgene was also an active 40 year member of the Milford American Legion Auxiliary, Rosary Altar Society of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Iowa Great Lakes Saddle Club, Pony Express Riders of Iowa and was a ten-gallon blood donor for the American Red Cross.
Survivors include her husband, Milton; children: Deb (Mike) Travis, Rex Guthrie, Julie (Mark) Goering, Connie (Tony) Gossman, Karen (Dennis) Ackerman, Jim (Shannon) Guthrie, Ray Guthrie and Theresa Schierholt; 20 grandchildren including: Josh (Dawn) Travis, Billi (Keith) Feller, Sherri Barnett, Tammy (Travis) Fredericksen, Jim Bockman, Holly, Jenny and Joel Guthrie, Nathan May, Amanda (Adam) Genzlinger, Brian, Michal and James Gossman, Damian Ackerman, Calli (Ryan) Putnam, Kayla Ackerman, AmberLee, Nick and Samantha Guthrie and Tyler Guthrie; sisters: Carol Kaufman, Mary Alice Miller, Shirley Derflinger, Bernie Heavener and Violet Hafer; one brother Roy (JoLean) Wintz; brother-in-law, Lincoln Guthrie; two sisters-in-law, Marcelle Franker and Florence Mize; plus many other relatives and friends. Georgene also has 15 great-grandchildren and she loved them all equally.
Preceding her in death were her parents; three infant children; a grandson, Blake Schierholt; three sisters: Donna Belle (Roman) Nece, Evelyn Mae Anderson and Joyce (Paul) Anderson; and one brother, Bob (Barb) Wintz; plus several other relatives.