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Edith DeBord


Edith H. DeBord, 102, of Creston died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at Crest Haven Care Center in Creston.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at First Baptist Church in Creston with family present one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Dan Fields will officiate. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Creston. Memorial contributions may be directed to First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be left at

Edith Henrietta DeBord, daughter of Robert J. and Blanche Belle (Chappell) Karg, was born Oct. 17, 1915, in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. She attended country school, Pleasant Hill High School and Fedora, graduating in May 1933. In the fall of 1933, Edith moved to Iowa, and in September 1935, settled in Creston.

On Oct. 28, 1940, Edith married Dale DeBord in Grant City, Missouri. Edith worked at Penney’s for a few years, then began as a sales clerk for Recknor’s Drug Store. She then worked for Foley’s until her retirement on July 1, 1984. She also was a county historian for Taylor County.

Edith was a member of First Baptist Church in Creston, where she served many roles including deaconess, president of the Missionary Society and teaching Sunday school.

Edith is survived by her grandchildren, Sean (Roz) Shannon of San Francisco, California, Bryan (Jan) Shannon of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Heather (Ryan) Swenson of Denver, Colorado, Tom (Tina) Knutson of Washington and Tonya (Scott) Stahmer of North Liberty; seven great-grandchildren; nine nieces; 12 nephews; other relatives and friends.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Blanche; husband Dale; son Dan; daughter-in-law Linda; sisters, Juanita “Tootsie” Weaver, Thelma Snow and Lola Belle Hughes; and brothers, Alvin, Clifford, Homer, Robert “Bobby,” Harvey and Henry Karg.

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