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Carrie B. Williams

Funeral services for Carrie B. Williams were held on Nov. 8, 2014, at the Corning United Methodist Church, with Rev. Andrew Bardole, officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Corning. Memorials may be directed to the Rose Ann Auxiliary, Corning United Methodist Church or the Corning Public Library. Pearson Family Funeral Service of Corning is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Carrie Bernice (Melick) Williams, age 96, passed away Nov. 3 after a short illness. Carrie was born on May 5, 1918 in West Liberty. She was the third child born to Henry Barkalow Melick and Helen Catherine (Stahl) Melick. After graduating high school in West Liberty, she attended and graduated from Eureka College in Illinois. Carrie went on to attend Drake University where she met her sweetheart of 73 years, Donald Williams of Corning. After graduating from Drake in 1939, with a B.S. in English, she taught English and Social Studies at Williamson Elementary School in Williamson. After a brief teaching career she married Donald Earl Williams on Oct. 25, 1941 at the Christian Church in West Liberty. Soon after their marriage Don was called into the service with the army, where he served his country during World War II. They welcomed their first daughter, Carol Ann, on Jan. 21, 1943 in Iowa City. Their second daughter, Helen Cameron, was born on July 13, 1945 in Fairfield. After four years of service to his country during World War II, the family was reunited and moved to Clarinda. There they owned and operated a gas station. In 1951, the family acquired the Gambles Hardware Store in Corning and moved to their family home on Grove Avenue where they lived for 63 years.

Carrie was a wonderful homemaker and mother, and she was often seen helping Don at the hardware store. As a member of the United Methodist Church in Corning, she was very active in many church circles and also a volunteer with the Rose Ann’s Hospital Auxiliary. In her free time, Carrie was an avid reader where she was often found with a cat in her lap enjoying a great book. Many of her family’s fondest memories are of Carrie reading them stories. Carrie was a kid at heart and often found playing cards and games with her children and grandchildren or enjoying crafts and scrapbooking. Some of her hobbies included knitting and embroidery. Don and Carrie also loved meeting new people and going on family trips to Colorado, Minnesota, Florida, New York and other various destinations. When she wasn’t indoors, Carrie was often in her garden, where she had a passion for flowers.

Preceeding Carrie in death are her parents Henry and Helen Melick, sister Marg Ruth (Melick) Martin and her son-in-law, Philip B. Knight.

Carrie is survived by her husband of 73 years, Donald Williams; two siblings: Marion Louise (Melick) Motis and H. Filmore Melick; her two children: Carol Ann (husband Robert) Cline and Helen Knight; seven grandchildren: Cindy (Kendall) Roberts; Wendy (Gary) Young; Chris (Karen) Cline, Patrick Knight, Sean (Angie) Knight, Kerry Knight, Anne (Tyson) Greenwalt; and 12 great-grandchildren: Nick Young, Kellen Roberts, Ghie Dutch, Spencer Dutch, Darby Young, Taylor Young, Tristan Greenwalt, Julia Knight, Emily Knight, Mason Greenwalt, Jessica Knight and Erica Knight.

Gerald Maxwell

Gerald Raymond Maxwell was born on Feb. 11, 1925 in Taylor County to Walter and Florence Mae (Burley) Maxwell. He grew up in Taylor County attending Spaulding Rural School in Nodaway and graduating from Nodaway High School in 1943. Gerald enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1943 and served his country during World War II. In 1945 he was honorably discharged and returned to Taylor County.

Gerald was united in marriage to Reba Anne Schrader on June 30, 1945 in Clarinda. The couple resided on a farm northeast of Villisca and later moved three miles northeast of Guss. This union was blessed with three boys: Dennis in 1947, Doug in 1950 and Dallas in 1955. In 1960 the family moved to a farm southeast of Nodaway, where they resided until 1996 when they purchased a home in Villisca.

Gerald was an active 4-H leader as well as a member of the Villisca School Board. He was a member of the Villisca United Methodist Church, participating in the church choir and helping with many other activities. He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and did lots of woodworking. His experiences in the Air Force created a love for aviation. Gerald was a member of the Guss Saddle Club, and he enjoyed all kinds of country dancing. The family was named Farm Family of the Week in 1974 by WOW-TV. He was thrilled to be able to take part in the WWII Memorial Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Gerald had a love for the land and was hard working. From working the cows to completing harvest, he had a quiet appreciation for the marvels of the land.

Gerald passed away at the age of 89, on Nov. 4, 2014, at the Villisca Good Samaritan Society. He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law Henry and Gladys Schrader, siblings: Jay and wife Susie Grace Maxwell and Jean and husband Cecil Schaffer, brothers-in-law: Victor Blume, Cecil and wife Marjorie Schrader, Kendall and wife Maxine Schrader and Darrell and wife Delores Schrader; sister-in-law: Eulah and husband Max Steffen.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 69 years, Reba of the home; sons: Dennis and wife Linda of Chariton, Doug and wife Shirley of Villisca and Dallas and wife Gail of Elliott; grandchildren: Kimberly Maxwell of Van Meter; Bret and wife Kim Maxwell of Adel; Melissa and husband Rich Falkenstien of Oswego, Kan.; Michelle and husband Doug Birt of Prescott; and Ryan and wife Lacey Maxwell of Roland; and great-grandchildren: Alexis and Kinzie Maxwell; Erin, Luke, Trace and Jaci Falkenstien; and Cody and Ally Birt; sister Joan Blume of Clarinda; along with an extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Memorial services for Gerald were held Nov. 9, 2014, at the Villisca United Methodist Church, followed by burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Guss. Memorials may be made to the family for designation at a later time. Wolfe Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Michael Gray

Celebration of Life Memorial Services for Michael Gray, age 59, who passed away at his home in Prescott on Nov. 7, 2014, will be held in the Spring. Memories may be shared at

Michael Dayle Gray was born March 13, 1955 in Corning, Iowa, the eldest son of James E. and Marilyn (Petersen) Gray and he passed away at his home on Nov. 7, 2014. No services are planned. A celebration of life party will be held next spring. Memorials to be established in Mike’s name at a later date.

Mike attended school in Corning; Dorchester, Neb.; Stanton and graduated from Prescott in 1973.

On Sept. 1, 1973 he was united in marriage to Sherry (Smith) Gray. Two children blessed this union, Mendy and Mick.

Mike had many ventures in his lifetime and was the owner of M & S Tree Services with his son Mick. Mike always wanted to make sure his customers were satisfied with the tree work.

Mike was an Amateur Radio Operator, private pilot, loved playing his guitar and loved riding his motorcycle. His greatest love of all was his family. He was a great Papa.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother and brother, Robert “Bob” Gray.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry; son Mick (Sara) Gray of Prescott; daughter Mendy (Ryan)Boswell of Indianola; grandchildren: Gunner Gray, Graysen, Cayten, Brogan and Titan Boswell; father Jim Gray of Texas; brother Pat (Carolyn) Gray of Creston; nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

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Connie Lyles

Funeral Services are pending for Connie Lyles of Corning, who passed away on Nov. 11, 2014. Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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