June 24, 2013


The Oskaloosa Herald


Funeral services for 93 year old Violet Else, of Cedar, will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Remegio Panlaqui officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. in the Fremont Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Cedar Township Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.

Violet was born April 17, 1920, in Spring Valley, Mahaska County, to Oscar German Stephen and Hettie “Maude” McCain Stephen. She grew up on her parents’ farm near Lacey, Mahaska County. She graduated in 1938 from Lacey High School. On Aug. 20, 1939, Violet was united in marriage to Earl William “Bill” Else in Kirksville, Mo. She was an intricate partner with Bill on their farm in rural Cedar after they purchased and moved there in January 1941. Bill died April 16, 1975. Violet worked at restaurants in New Sharon and Oskaloosa. She was very active in activities at Cedar United Methodist Church, Cedar Township/Mahaska County Farm Bureau and the A.R.T.E. club. She was well known for her outstanding service in various offices, speaker, District officer and precise minutes. Her excellent baking/cooking skills were noted community-wide. Some people called her "the cookie lady".

Violet is survived by Marcella Phillips, of Des Moines, and Darrell (Patricia) Else, of Norwalk; four grandchildren: Michael Phillips, Lynn (Larry) Burt, Christopher Phillips and Jason Else; two great-grandchildren: Benjamin Phillips and Breanna Else; sister Sylvia Criss; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Gary Else; grandson Craig Else; brother Gail Stephen; and three sisters: Blanche Knowler, Pauline Tice and Ruby Gerard. 


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