Memorial services for Averil Dodge were held Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at United Methodist Church in Hartley. Rev. Steve Campbell officiated the service.
Interment took place in Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley.
Pallbearers were Gary Dodge, Randy Menke, Mark Dodge, Steve Menke, Daron Pyle and Ken Smith
Honorary pallbearers were Lisa Mens, Lori Smith, Julie Schaben, Marce Wagner, Lynette Soden, Jobina Kirbey, Christine Navara and Ronda Villamagna.
Averil Willamina (Sones) Dodge, the daughter of Cora (Wright) and George W. Sones, was born Dec. 6, 1912, in Quimby, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in the Cherokee County area. She graduated from Quimby High School, and later spent two years at Business College.
Averil married Everett M. Dodge on Nov. 24, 1932, at Elk Point, S.D. The couple moved to a farm near Superior, Iowa, before settling on the "home place" near Hartley, where they farmed until their retirement. They enjoyed several winters in Mesa, Ariz. Everett passed away on Sept. 12, 1995. Averil moved into town, and later to the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley. She passed away at the Spencer Memorial Hospital on Nov. 20, 2009, at the age of 96.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church at Hartley. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and quilting and traveling.
Left to cherish her memory are her children and their families: Merna and her husband, Eldon Menke of Hartley, Janna and her husband, Donald Dirks of Spencer, Darrel Dodge and his wife, Sharlene of Hartley, Deena and her husband, Ronald Pyle of Ankeny; her daughter-in-law, Loanne Dodge also of Ankeny; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Doyle Sones and Dewitt Sones; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Everett; son, Gordon; one brother, D. Sones; and a great-granddaughter, Alexandria Schaben.