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Rock Valley, Iowa: Myra Lenore Heuer, age 91, of Rock Valley died Monday, August 10, 2015 at the home of her daughter, Victoria in Portland, Oregon. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 14, 2015 at Peace Lutheran Church in rural Sioux Center, Iowa with Rev. Glen Peterson and Rev. Dan Kordahl officiating. Burial will follow at Peace Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. Condolences for the family may be left online at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.
Myra was born January 28, 1924 to Orlen and Tena (Jager) Liston. They lived on a farm near Alcester, South Dakota, where Myra attended the rural Edwards school for 1st and 2nd grades. The family moved to Hawarden where she graduated from high school in 1942. Myra came from a large family of His, Hers, and Ours. His included Vivian Finch (Ray), Lee (Mayona), Lloyd (Lil), and Daryl (Betty, Wilma); Hers included Howard (Viola); Myra was the oldest of Ours including Betty Gronemeyer (Lloyd), Wes (Barbara), Darlene Rummel (Ray), Duane, (Donna, Marilyn), Lawrence (Dianna), James (Karen), Roger (Sandra), and Cindy McKee (Jim) all deceased except for Dianna and Karen. Also surviving from Ours include Neva Busch (Lawrence- deceased), Norman (Karen), and Dick (Judy).
Myra married Harold Heuer on August 30, 1942. The couple farmed near Rock Valley until 1964. They moved to Rock Valley in 1991. They raised three daughters, Eloise (Kenn) Hamann of Dublin, CA, Sandra (James) Borello of S. Barrington, IL, Victoria Jayne of Portland, OR, and one son David (Sandra) Heuer of Rock Valley, IA. Her children managed to keep her in her Rock Valley home until just past her 91st birthday. She lived with and was cared for by her youngest daughter, Victoria until her death.
Myra was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, rural Sioux Center. She taught Sunday School and was active in the Women's groups, serving as president of the Northwest Women's Conference and belonging to the Mission Board of the Western Iowa Synod. Myra delighted in leading Bible Study and would spend hours preparing. Myra's activities extended to the community. She served on the board of the Hegg Memorial Health Center Auxiliary and volunteered at Valley Manor.
Myra's faith and family were a very important part of her life. She also enjoyed needle work, making quilts, and growing flowers. Myra relished writing poems honoring friends and relatives who had passed. She was politically active and believed that the Democratic Party fit best with her deep faith that we are our brothers keeper. Many Sioux City Journals minis and articles moved her to express her own passionate thoughts; she was well known for her letters to the editor. She also assisted her husband with his efforts to establish the NFO, whose mission was to organize farmers in order for them to price their products.
Myras living descendants include her four children, seven grandchildrenHeather Hamann, Daniel (Ashley) Borello, Evan (Sandra) Dagle, Erica (Rob) Dagle, Kris (Greg) Dreckman, Melissa (Jesse) De Jager, and Katie Heuer, seven great grandchildren Tanner Fluit, Ana Dagle, Sarah Dagle, Cole Hemmerling, Matt, Brittney, and Erika Dreckman; and one great-great-grandchild, Saylix Dreckman.
Myra was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, grandchildrenShannon Hamann and Natalie Schroeder.
Myra was close to her husband's family. His siblings, Edwin (Louise), Rose Roberts (Densel), Clarence (Phyllis), Vi Grau (Dwayne), Lois Boyer (Benton), and Johnny are all deceased. Only Phyllis Heuer, Ruth Esbeck, and Benton Boyer are still living among the spouses.
Myra enjoyed social outings with her companion, Dwayne Grau, before his passing.
Visitation6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ,Thursday, August 13, 2015
Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley
1704 15th Street Rock Valley, Iowa 51247
Funeral Service10:30 a.m. ,Friday, August 14, 2015
Peace Lutheran Church
2512 380th Street Sioux Center, Iowa 51250
Mom and an unfortunate chicken - August 18, 2015
Posted: August 18, 2015 | Last Revised: August 18, 2015
This is for those who attended the funeral, but missed hearing this story at the visitation. It is a story that we threatened Mom all her life that we would tell at her funeral.
When I was growing up, Mom was much more reserved and shy than she was in her later years. That's why I loved this story so much. It was out of character to my child's mind.
One day a chicken got into her flowers ONE TIME TOO OFTEN. She happened to have a broom in her hand, and she flew to the chicken. She beat it to death, of course running around the yard as it tried to get away.
For some reason after cleaning it she brought it to her father. My Grandpa Liston said he had never eaten such a tender chicken.
At Mom's services, my daughter, Heather, ended her praise of her nana saying how she loved all God's creatures with the possible exception of a couple of unfortunate chickens.
Life Story Aug 18 2015 12:00 AM
My condolences to the Heuer family at this time of loss. May Jehovah, the God of all comfort supply you the strength needed now and in the days ahead.(Isaiah 12:2)
Reflect often on your happy memories and may they also bring you peace.
Beatrice Mitchell Aug 15 2015 12:00 AM
Joyce Sipma Aug 13 2015 12:00 AM
Victoria Aug 13 2015 12:00 AM
We were so sorry to hear of Myra's death. We always so enjoyed having her as our neighbor! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.
Sincerely, Roy and Anne Weber
Roy and Anne Weber Aug 12 2015 12:00 AM