Marie Alma Eilers Shaull, 98, passed peacefully on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2017, in the Cedar Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, with Pastor Marcus Beebee and Pastor Norman Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Red Oak Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeff Dykstra, Chad Shaull, Dean Eilers, Nelson Meyers, Jon Bell and Eddie Bell. Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Ballou, Austin Bell, Paul Bell, Lee Meyers and Jerry Wood. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Several memorial funds have been established in her name: Rochester United Methodist Church, Friends of South Bethel, Red Oak Church and Cemetery, Cedar Manor and Iowa City Hospice.
Marie was born Dec. 20, 1919, near Clarence, Iowa, in Cedar County. She was the daughter of August William Eilers and Martha Katherine Louise Penningroth. Marie started school at Prairie Flower Country School when she was 4 years old and attended and graduated from the Tipton Consolidated School in 1937. She was a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in institutional management with emphasis in home economics.
Marie was united in marriage to LeRoy Kiel Shaull in the Red Oak Grove Presbyterian Church on Nov. 10, 1944. She was the head dietitian for the Iowa Annie Wittenmyer Home, was a member of the Kings Daughters, Tipton and Davenport Lions Club, Women's Club, Cedar County Historical Society and a member of the South Bethel United Methodist Church until it was closed at which time she transferred her membership to the Rochester United Methodist Church. Marie lived on the home farm from 1919 to 1944 until they moved to Webster Groves, Mo. They lived on two farms in Cedar County, one on the Old Muscatine Road and one on Red Star Road. Then they moved to Davenport in February 1956 so LeRoy could continue his career as an electrical engineer at Iowa Illinois Gas and Electric Co.
Marie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Dennis Dykstra of Tipton; and her son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Beth (Crispin) Shaull of Harrisburg, Pa.; grandchildren, Chad Shaull, Jeffery Dykstra, Amy (Oppman) Shaull, Denise Dykstra and August Shaull; and five nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, LeRoy Keil Shaull, on Aug. 5, 1991; their infant daughter, Diana Shaull; three sisters, Vera Agne, Bernice Meinholdt and Ruth Bell; and two nephews.