Harriett Alice Swanger Conover, 87, of Holstein, passed into eternity with her Lord on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, with as much peace and grace as she lived her life. She died at Char-Mac Senior Living Center in Holstein, Ia.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at the United Methodist Church of Holstein with the Rev. Jerry R. Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Holstein Cemetery of Holstein.
A visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein.
Harriett was born in Battle Creek, Ia. to Orval Michael Alexander and Alma Louise Messing Swanger on Nov. 9, 1924. Harriett was raised on the farm with brothers: Wayne, Lowell, Russell and Sterling; and sister, Verla.
She graduated from Battle Creek High School, where she played the saxophone, and was active all her life in 4-H and the Ida County Fair. She exhibited blue ribbon cookies, pies, flowers, and hand-work.
She was united in marriage to Cornelius Burroughs (Red) Conover III on June 24, 1945, at the Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek. They farmed in rural Holstein where they were blessed with four sons: Neal (C.B. IV), Cary, Dwight and Blake.
Harriett loved being a wife, mother, neighbor and friend. She worked as a branch manager at Holstein State Bank. She was active in the Holstein United Methodist Church. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and Mary Circle. She was Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Harriett loved her children, their wives and her grand and great-grand children. Crocheting, reading, and baking (especially cookies, pies, mints and noodles) gave her great pleasure. As a life-long member of Lone Star Homemakers, she had tremendous fun and laughter. She and Red made many close friendships while wintering in Arizona.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers.
Harriett is survived by her sons: Neal (Kitty), Cary (Victoria), Dwight (Marilyn) and Blake (Laurie); 12 grandchildren: Cory (Monica), Nicole Steele (Joe), Brandon (Niki), Joe (Gayle), Chad (Jill), Nathan (Nikki), Sonnet, Leah, Abby, Philip, Seth and Kate; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her sister, Verla Madsen; and sister-in-laws: Opal Harding, Gloria (Doc) Schmidt and Maxine Swanger.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Harriett's name may be directed to the Ida County 4-H Foundation or directed to her family.
On-line condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com.
The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein is in charge of the arrangements.