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IOWA OBITUARIES OF ALFORDS

AND SPELLING VARIATIONS

 

Obituaries are listed alphabetically by FIRST name. Included are people whose last name, maiden name, or married name is Alford or a spelling variation: Alfred, Alvord, Allford, Halford, Hallford, Holford, etc.

 

The name of the newspaper (or other source) and place and date of publication follow the name of the deceased. If we included the obituary in AAFA ACTION, the issue is noted.

 

The Alford American Family Association (AAFA) has often added notes for each obituary, including Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data, relationship of the deceased to other Alfords, and lineages. Extensive research notes are not always included in the interest of making the obituaries available online. We will add to AAFA NOTES as time permits.

 

Where lineages are included (Alford unless otherwise stated), the format is: Name, year of birth, state or country of birth.

 

Obituaries of AAFA members and their spouses are also included on the AAFA Member Memorials web page and may include more information.

 

We welcome corrections and additional information. If you have an obituary from this state that is not included here, please share it with us!

 

Date posted: 20 NOVEMBER 2015

 

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The families of many of the subjects of these Iowa obituaries are represented in AAFA Alford Genealogies published on this website, where we are referring readers for more information.

 

*AAFA’s Online Published Genealogies:

 

1. Known Descendants of John Alford & Lucy Bradley

 

2. Known Descendants of Benedict Alford and Joan Newton (DNA Group 4) and Thomas Alford b. about 1598 England (DNA Group Four)

 

3. Known Descendants of Alexander Alvord and Mary Vore (DNA Group 4) and Thomas Alford b. about 1598 England (DNA Group Four)

 

5. Descendants of John & Mary Alford of Frederick County Virginia (DNA Group Two)

 

 

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ANNA C. RASMUSSEN ALVORD

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Saturday, 23 February 2002

 

            Anna Rasmussen Alvord, 86, of NBA-Ramsey Home died of a respiratory ailment there on Wednesday [February 20]. Services were held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimballton [Audubon Co.]. Burial was at the church cemetery.

            Mrs. Alvord was born in Kimballton and had lived there as a youth. She had lived in Des Moines for 65 years. She was a homemaker and had attended St. John’s Lutheran Church.

            She is survived by a daughter, Chris Matchinsky and a sister, Fanny Rasmussen, both of Des Moines, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, William.

 

ALVORD, ANNA - Audubon County, Iowa

Photo from Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Kimballton, Audubon Co, IA—Iowa Gravestone Photo Project

Waiting for permission from geneaology [sic] – geneaology@danishmuseum.org – emailed thru website 12/2/2014 – emailed (regular) 9/23/2015 – again 11/4/2015

Permission granted by the photographer,

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Anna C. Alvord (SS# issued in IA) was born 6 May 1916, last residence Des Moines, Polk Co., IA.

            See the obituary of her husband, William Paul Alvord, in this compilation.

            In 1920, Kimballton, Audubon Co., IA, Anna K Rasmussen, age 3-8/12 born IA, is living with her parents, Lars and Monika Rasmussen, both born Denmark, and 6 siblings, all born IA.

            From Iowa, County Births, 1880–1935 [FamilySearch.org]: Anna Rasmussen was born 6 May 1916 in Kimballton, Audubon Co., IA, parents Lars Rasmussen and Monika Henningsen.

            Anna’s parents are also buried in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

 

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ARNOLD HAYES HALFORD

 

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Arnold Halford WWII army uniform

From daughter Judi Halford’s Halford-Hickman Families (Ancestry.com) – used with permission

 

TELEGRAPH HERALD

Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA—Thursday, 1 March 2001

 

WINTHROP [Buchanan Co.], Iowa—Arnold Halford, 82, of Winthrop, died after a long illness Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at home.

            Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Winthrop, with the Rev. Ivan Nienhaus officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Winthrop. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Fawcett Funeral Home, Winthrop.

            Surviving are his wife, Kathleen, of Winthrop; a son, Randy (Sally), of Waunakee, Wis.; five daughters, Judy Rae Halford, of Oskaloosa, Patricia (Craig) Cameron, of Independence, Colleen (Wayne) Venter, of Rochester, Minn., Glenda Greenhalgh, of Independence, and Dianne Halford, of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren, Chad Huntington, Michele Roth, Katie Huntington, Clay Cameron, Clif Cameron, Nikki Barth, Erin Halford, Patrick Halford and Karlyn Westover; and a sister, Margie (Richard) Soules, of Stanley.

 

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Photo from Fairview Cemetery, Winthrop, Buchanan Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Evelyn Evans

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Arnold H. Halford (SS# issued in IA) was born 9 Feb 1919 [different than gravestone].

            See the obituary of his sister Mildred Shirley Halford Freebern in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his paternal grandparents, Ashley Rozel Halford and Nancy Elizabeth Davis Halford, in Illinois Obituaries.

            His HALFORD lineage: Arnold Hayes 1919 IL1, Roy Ralph 1896 IL2, Ashley Rozel 1870 IL3, [Ashley’s father unknown; he used his mother’s last name] Mary Francis 1848 IL4, Jonathan Adkinson 1800 NC5, John 1765 NC6, James 1737 NC7, John 1690 NC8, John 1640 NC9, Thomas 1614 England10.

 

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BERNICE V. MACH ALFORD

 

QUAD-CITY TIMES

Davenport, Scott Co., IA—Tuesday, 6 October 1998

 

            Bernice V. Alford, 87, formerly of Davenport, died Monday, Oct. 5, 1998, at Bettendorf [IA] Health Care Center, after a brief illness.... No services are planned. The body will be cremated. Runge Mortuary and Crematory, Davenport, is in charge of arrangements.

            Mrs. Alford worked 25 years at Charles Bruning Co., Chicago, before her retirement. Bernice Mach was born Nov. 19, 1910, to Frank and Mary Mach. She married James Alford in 1933 in Chicago. He died in 1975. She was an avid crossword puzzle worker and enjoyed her pets.

            Memorials may be made to the family. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ellen Gill, Davenport; grand-daughters, Mrs. Janice Blanche, Eldridge, Iowa, and Judy Munday, North Platte, Neb.; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

            She was preceded in death by her grandson, James Frank Gill, on July 20, 1997.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Berenice V. Alford (SS# issued in IL).

 

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BETTY J. MULLIN ALFORD

 

Betty  Alford: Betty Alford

Photo from Iles Funeral Home

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA— Monday, 9 October 2006

 

            Betty Alford, 85, formerly of Windsor Heights, passed from this life on Saturday, October 7, 2006 at Fountain West Health Center in West Des Moines. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Des Moines, of which she was a member. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

            Betty was born on May 3, 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri to Victor DePaul and Gertrude Vera (Howe) Mullin. She married Robert A. Alford on January 9, 1943 in Washington, D.C. and in 1958, they moved to Windsor Heights, where they made their home. Betty was a member of the Des Moines Golf and Country Club. She was an avid golfer and reader. Her congeniality and good wit will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

            She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert Alford of West Des Moines; and a host of many friends. Betty was preceded in death by her parents.

            Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10, at Iles Funeral Homes – Westover Chapel in Des Moines, where a Vigil service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to either St. Theresa’s Catholic Church or the American Diabetes Association.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Betty J. Alford (SS# issued in MO), last residence West Des Moines, Polk Co., IA.

            See the obituary of her husband, Robert A. Alford, in this compilation. It includes a photo of their shared gravestone.

 

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BETTY S. ALFORD

 

THE TRIBUNE

Ames, Story Co., IA—21 March 2002

 

            Betty Alford, West Des Moines—Graveside services were March 15 at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

            Betty Alford was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and had lived in the Des Moines area most of her life. She was a telemarketer with Access Direct and enjoyed listening to music and dancing.

            She is survived by a daughter, Lindsey Alford of Des Moines; three sons, Donny Alford, Curtis Alford and Cash Alford, all of West Des Moines; five brothers, Jimmy Todd Sr. and Ronald Alford, both of Des Moines, Charles Alford of Keokuk, Earl Alford of West Des Moines and Donald Alford of Stuart; and two sisters, Shirley Stepp of Richmond, Ky., and Lillie Alford of Hills.

            Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Kavanagh House. Hamilton's Funeral Home of Des Moines handled the arrangements.

 

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Photo from Laurel Hill Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Nancy (Clayton) Phillips

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Betty S. Alford (SS# issued in IA) was born 22 May 1965.

            See the obituaries of her parents, Mat Arthur Alford and Mae Stepp Alford; and her brothers Charles Everett Alford, Earl C. Alford, and Jerry D. Alford in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her lineage: Betty 1964 OH1, Mat Arthur 1923 KY2, Charles 1892 KY3, Tarlton 1863 KY4, Daniel Lunsford 1830 NC5, John 1806 NC6, Achilles 1772 VA/NC7, John before 1750 VA8.

 

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BIRDIE ALFORD

 

GLOBE GAZETTE

Mason City, Cerro Gordo Co., IA—Saturday, 7 November 1953

 

            Birdie Alford, 82, died at the Good Samaritan Home Friday evening, following a long illness. She had lived at the home about a year and a half.

            Mrs. Alford was born at Fort Worth, Tex., in.1871. She was married to Rufus Alford in Mississippi, where she lived until coming to Mason City in 1917. She was a member of St. John’s Baptist Church.

            A son, Fred, Laurel, Miss., survives.

            She was preceded in death by her husband.

            Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at the McAuley and Son Chapel, with the Rev. G.M. Williams officiating. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery….

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her husband, Rufus L. Alford, in this compilation.

            Her Find A Grave memorial says she has no gravestone. No gravestone.

 

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BLANCHE MARIE RIESTER ALFORD

 

IOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN

Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA—Friday, 31 January 2004

 

 

            Blanche Marie Alford, 87, formerly of Mill Street, died Wednesday, January 28, 2004, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

            Services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, February 2, 2004, at Gill Chapel in Washington, Indiana, with the Rev. Tim Baxter officiating. Burial will be in Sugarland Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

            Mrs. Alford was born January 8, 1917, in Davies County, IN., to Frank Riester and Nellie McClellan. She was a 1935 graduate of Washington High School. She married Floyd Sam Alford on June 15, 1935. He died July 30, 1998. She had worked as a saleslady for J.C. Penney for 25 years.

            Survivors include two sons and their wives, Sam and Sharan Alford of Coralville and Scott and Debbie Alford of Whitney, Texas two grandsons and their wives, Steve and Tanya Alford of Iowa City and Sean and Kelley Alford of Carmel, IN and five great-grandchildren, Kory Alford, Bryce Alford, Kayla Alford, Joshua Alford and Jacob Alford.

 

In another article:

 

WASHINGTON TIMES-HERALD

Washington, Daviess Co., IN—Sunday, 1 February 2004

 

            Blanche Marie Alford, 87, formerly of Mill Street, died at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa.

            Born Jan. 8, 1917, in Daviess County, she was the daughter of Frank and Nellie (McClellan) Riester.

            A 1935 graduate of Washington High School, she retired from J.C. Penney after working 25 years as a saleslady. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

            She is survived by two sons and their wives, Sam and Sharan Alford of Cobalville, Iowa, and Scott and Debbie Alford of Whitney, Texas; two grandsons and their wives, Steve and Tanya Alford of Iowa City, Iowa, and Sean and Kelley Alford of Carmel; and great-grandchildren, Kory, Bryce, Kayla, Joshua and Jacob Alford.

            Her husband, Floyd Sam Alford, whom she married June 15, 1935, died July 30, 1998. One brother, Joe Riester, is also deceased.

            The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Gill Chapel…. Burial will be in Sugarland Memory Gardens….

            Memorials may go to the Sam Alford Scholarship Fund or First Baptist Church.

 

In another article:

 

DAILY IOWAN

University of Iowa—Tuesday, 3 February 2004

 

By Kelly Beaton

 

            Sometimes we all need to take a time-out to step away and take care of what's really important in life. Iowa coach Steve Alford did just that on Monday, when he bypassed the Hawkeyes' afternoon practice to attend the funeral of his grandmother in Indiana.

            Blanche Alford, 83, passed away from a stroke on Jan. 28. She was the mother of Iowa's director of basketball operations, Sam Alford, Steve's father. Sam Alford has not been with the Hawkeyes for their past two games.

            “It's emotional from the standpoint that it's the second game Dad hasn't been on the bench,” Iowa's coach said following a Jan. 31 victory over Penn State. “We're dealing with a death in the family. We're dealing with the end of a generation in our family.”

            Iowa assistant Greg Lansing, who filled in for the Iowa coach during Monday's Big Ten teleconference, said his boss is a man who has his priorities well in order.

            “I think other than his family, this basketball family is what's important to him,” Lansing said. “He's taking care of his other family today, and then he'll hustle over here and try to get our guys going because he is kind of the heartbeat of team, and I think guys thrive off of his mood. I think he knows that, so he's always ready to go when practice starts.”

FAG photo requested 12/12/2013

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Blanche M. Alford (SS# issued in IN), last residence Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA.

            Blanche is the grandmother of Steve Alford of basketball fame.

 

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CATHERINE M. ALVORD MCCURNIN

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Wednesday, 7 July 1976

 

            Services for Mrs. Catherine McCurnin of 214 Third Street Northeast, Mitchellville, will be 10:00 AM Wednesday at the Catholic Church of St. Joseph, East Thirty-third and Easton, Des Moines. Rosary 7:00 PM Tuesday at the Funeral Home in Mitchellville. Interment Mitchellville Cemetery. Moffitt Funeral Home.

 

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Photo from Mitchellville Cemetery, Mitchellville, Polk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Katie Lou

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Catherine McCurnin (SS# issued in IA) was born 21 Apr 1903 and died _____ July 1976, last residence Mitchellville, Polk Co., IA.

            See the obituaries of her parents Harvey Clyde Alvord and Cornelia Ann DeVotie Alvord; and siblings Harry D. Alvord, Mary Esther Alvord King, and William Paul Alvord in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #3.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Catherine M. 1903 IA1, Harvey Clyde 1879 IA2, William Brewster 1855 NY3, Sylvester Dudley 1810 NY4, Elijah 1774 CT5, Daniel 1742 CT6, Thomas 1710 MA7, Thomas 1683 MA8, Thomas 1653 CT9, Alexander 1627 England10, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England11.

 

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CHARLES EVERETT ALFORD

 

Kloster Funeral Home

Marengo, Iowa Co., IA—_____ April 2015

 

            Charles E. Alford, age 63, of Marengo, died Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, April 27, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Pastor Eddie Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery….

            Charles is survived by his wife, Janice; four children, Jeannie Varela (Alfonso) of Marengo, Shirley Arends (Robert) of Marengo, Theresa Alford of Minneapolis, MN, and Charles Alford (Angel) of Marengo; sixteen grandchildren, Robert Ritter (Becca), Joshua Ritter, Melanie Ritter, Michelle Huston, Christopher Rose, Nickole Ritter, Destiney Huston, Sarah Rose, Samantha Rose, Charles Alford, Jr., Andrea Huston, Natalie Huston, Zoe Alford, Myia Alford, Gia Alford, Ricardo Malagon; and eleven great-grandchildren: Landyn Varela, Lachlan Ritter, Aydan Varela, Channing Alford, Jason Ritter, Brylee Stidham, Jaxon Aubrecht, Presliegh Moyer, Destinee Ritter, Cameron Brenneman, and David Ritter.

            Also surviving are his siblings, Jimmalee Todd (Brenda) of Des Moines, Donnie Alford (Chris) of Des Moines, Shirley Stepp (Vernon) of Kentucky, Lillie Alford of Kentucky, and Ronnie Alford of Des Moines.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Brandy, two brothers, Jerry and Earl, and a sister Betty.

            Charles Everett Alford was born February 20, 1952 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Arthur and Nanny Stepp Alford. He and Janice Duncan Alford were married for 43 years. Charles was employed as a roofer and a handyman of various trades. He enjoyed cookouts with the family, camping, fishing, motorcycles, classic cars, and beer time.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not yet list his death.

            See the obituaries of his parents, Mat Arthur Alford and Mae Stepp Alford; and siblings Betty S. Alford, Earl C. Alford, and Jerry D. Alford in this compilation.

            His lineage: Charles Everett 1952 OH1, Mat Arthur 1923 KY2, Charles 1892 KY3, Tarlton 1863 KY4, Daniel Lunsford 1830 NC5, John 1806 NC6, Achilles 1772 VA/NC7, John before 1750 VA8.

 

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CLARA MAY FULLER ALFORD

 

[This obituary is not verbatim.]

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Monday, 17 July 2000

 

            Clara Alford, 74, of the 4000 block of Second Avenue, died of cancer at her home. Services [will be] on Tuesday at Hamilton’s Funeral Home with burial at Glendale Cemetery.

            Mrs. Alford was born in Wellman and had lived in Des Moines most of her life. She had been a homemaker.

            Survivors include two sons, Donald and Kevin, both of Des Moines; two daughters, Robyn Munday and Kelli Dockstader, both of Des Moines; two brothers, Ralph Fuller, Jr. of Brownsville, Texas, and Donald Fuller of Arizona; four sisters, Evelyn Rickliff of Truro, Alice Kemp of Wellman, and Fern Rich and Eileen Blades, both of Des Moines; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her husband, Donald, preceded her in death.

 

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Photo from Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Katie Lou

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            On the 1925 Iowa State Census, Donald H. Alford is age 3, born in MO.

            His middle name is from his Find A Grave memorial.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of John Alford and Jane McElhattan.

            Her husband’s lineage: Donald Hudson 1922 MO1, Clinton Wallas 1895 MO2, Thomas Richard 1858 MO3, John M. 1821 TN4, John 1786 NC/TN5.

 

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CORNELIA ANN DEVOTIE ALVORD

 

Photo from Kristen Jorgensen’s KingCasadyBartzAlvord Family Tree (Ancestry.com)—used with permission

 

Source unknown

Polk Co., IA—_____ April 1925

 

            Cornelia A. DeVotie, was born at Mitchellville, Iowa, July 6, 1878, and died at Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa, April 10, 1925, age 46 years, nine months and 4 days.

            She was married to H.C. Alvord April 6, 1903. To this union were born seven children, Catherine, Robert, Mary, Vernon, Harry and Paul. John died at the age of two years.

            The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30, at the Methodist church, of which she was a member. The service was conducted by Rev. E.S. MacCartney of Prairie City, Iowa. Interment in the Mitchellville cemetery.

 

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Photo from Mitchellville Cemetery, Mitchellville, Polk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Katie Lou

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of her husband, Harvey Clyde Alvord; and children Catherine M. Alvord McCurnin, Harry D. Alvord, Mary Esther Alvord King, and William Paul Alvord in this compilation.

            Cornelia was the daughter of Perry D. DeVotie and Cornelia Ann Marshall.

 

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DAVID JON ALVORD

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Friday, 17 May 2002

 

            David Jon Alvord, 61, of the 2800 block of Claiborne Circle, Urbandale, died of cancer Wednesday [May 15] at Mercy Medical Center. Services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wakonda Christian Church. Cremation will follow services.

            Mr. Alvord was born in Des Moines and had lived in the area most of his life. He was a bureau chief of planning, research and evaluation with the Iowa Department of Education and had been a vice principal at Park Avenue Elementary School.

            He is survived by his wife, Kay [listed as Glee but corrected in a corrected obituary published May 18] and two brothers, Mark of Ankeny and Gary of Des Moines.

            The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Highland Park Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society-Multiple Myeloma Foundation.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that David J. Alvord (SS# issued in IA) was born 1 Nov 1940, last residence not listed.

            See the obituaries of his parents, Harry D. Alvord and Thelma Irene Bennett Alvord, in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #3.

            His ALVORD lineage: David Jon 1940 IA1, Harry D. 1910 IA2, Harvey Clyde 1879 IA3, William Brewster 1855 NY4, Sylvester Dudley 1810 NY5, Elijah 1774 CT6, Daniel 1742 CT7, Thomas 1710 MA8, Thomas 1683 MA9, Thomas 1653 CT10, Alexander 1627 England11, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England12.

 

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EARL C. ALFORD

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Friday, 17 April 2009

 

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WEST DES MOINES—Earl Alford, 53, passed away unexpectedly at his home Wednesday, April 15, 2009. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2009, at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 605 Lyon St. with burial to follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

            Earl is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Monica; children, Jennifer, Heather, Jacob and James; nine grandchildren; brothers, Jimlee Todd, Charles, Ronnie and Donnie Alford; sisters, Shirley Stepp and Lillie Alford; his very dear nephew, Curtis, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Mae Alford; and his siblings, Jerry and Betty Alford….

 

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Photo from Laurel Hill Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Becky Payne

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Earl C. Alford (SS# issued in IA) was born 20 May 1955, last residence not listed.

            See the obituaries of his parents, Mat Arthur Alford and Mae Stepp Alford; and his siblings Betty S. Alford, Charles Everett Alford, and Jerry D. Alford in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Earl C. 1955 ??1, Mat Arthur 1923 KY2, Charles 1892 KY3, Tarlton 1863 KY4, Daniel Lunsford 1830 NC5, John 1806 NC6, Achilles 1772 VA/NC7, John before 1750 VA8.

 

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ERNEST LENARD HALFORD

 

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

Omaha, Douglas Co., NE—22 December 1938

 

CHEROKEE, Ia., Dec. 21 (AP)—E.L. Halford, 63, Cherokee contractor, died at his home today of heart disease.

            Mrs. Halford's son and family, Dr. and Mrs. Francis J. Halford, arrived from Honolulu, Hawaii, Monday to spend the Christmas season. Another son, Ernest, jr., was notified at Honolulu.

            The widow, a son, Harold J. Halford, and Mrs. George Perrin, a daughter, all of Cherokee, also survive.

 

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Photos from Oak hill Cemetery, Cherokee, Cherokee Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Ann

The Halford plot includes Ernest, his wife Clara, and son Harold

 

AAFA NOTES: From Iowa Select Marriages, 1809–1992 (Ancestry.com): Earnest L. Halford married Clara May Smith on 24 May 1899 in Cherokee, Cherokee Co., IA.

            On Ernest Lenard Halford’s 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com), he is age 42, born 14 Dec 1875, living in Cherokee, Cherokee Co., IA. He is a self-employed barber and names his nearest relative Clara May Halford.

            In 1900, Cherokee, Cherokee Co., IA: Ernest L. Halford, age 23 born Nov 1876 in Canada, parents born England; his wife Clara M. age 22 born IA; and son Harold 4 months born IA.

            On other censuses Ernest’s birth place is listed as IL.

 

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ESME V. ANDERSON ALFORD

 

VILLISCA REVIEW

Villisca, Montgomery Co., IA—Thursday, 3 August 1967

 

            Funeral services for Esme V. Alford were held Wednesday, July 26, 1967 at 10:00 A. M. at the Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Nadim Saikaly officiating, interment was in Arlington Cemetery, with Sutphen Funeral Home in charge.

            Esme V. Alford was born on August 8, 1890 in Denver Colorado, to J.H. and Ida Anderson.

            With her parents, she moved to the Villisca, Iowa area, where they made their home. She graduated from the Villisca High School in 1911; and from Grinnell College in 1916.

            She spent two years in China as missionary under the Board of Foreign Missions of the Congregational Church, and worked several years in Michigan and Washington D.C.

            In 1941 she was united in marriage to Ira Alford of rural Villisca. Her husband died in March 1946. She moved from her parents farm, and lived in Villisca, Iowa till her death.

 

Photo from Arlington Cemetery, Stanton, Montgomery Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographers, Marty & Harley

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death (_____ July 1967) dates of Esme Alford (SS# issued in IA), last residence Villisca, Montgomery Co., IA.

            See the obituary of her husband, Ira Joseph Alford, in this compilation.

            She was the daughter of James Henry Anderson and Ida D. Dunn.

 

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ESTHER M. FLOYD THOMPSON HALFORD

 

THE GAZETTE

Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA—Wednesday, 28 November 2001

 

            Esther M. Halford, 78, of rural Winthrop [Buchanan Co.], died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in Peoples Memorial Long Term Care Center, Independence, after a long illness. Services: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Union Church, Quasqueton. Burial: Circle Grove Cemetery, Walker.

            Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Reiff Funeral Home, Quasqueton, and after noon Friday at the church.

            Survivors include a daughter, Rena Saunders of Le Claire; three sons, Gail Thompson of Independence, Edwin Thompson of Winthrop and Norman Thompson of Cedar Rapids; and a brother, Harold Floyd of Cedar Rapids.

            Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Esther M. Halford (SS# issued in IA) was born 26 May 1923.

 

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EUGENE DAVIS ALFORD

 

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

Omaha, Douglas Co., NE—Thursday, 16 November 1944

 

EUGENE D. ALFORD’S FUNERAL RITES TODAY

 

SIOUX CITY, IA—Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. for Eugene D. Alford, 49, Sioux City fruit and vegetable broker who died Tuesday.

            Mr. Alford, a war veteran, came to Sioux City from Omaha 14 years ago.

 

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Photo from Logan Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Sheri Ross

 

AAFA NOTES: We included the obituary of his daughter-in-law Marjorie Julia Darby Alford in Kansas Obituaries.

            From California, Marriage Records from Select Counties, 1850-1941 (Ancestry): Eugene Davis Alford, age 29 born about 1895 in KS, married Christina Virginia Ward, age 27 born MO, on 24 May 1924 in Alameda Co., CA. Eugene was the son of David R. Alford and Mary Davis. Christina was the daughter of George C. Ward and Anna Coldsnow.

            His lineage: Eugene Davis 1895 KS1, David Robert 1867 KS2, Henry 1819 England3.

 

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EVA LEE ALFORD MACK

Sister of Jack Delaye Alford, AAFA #0543

 

BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE

Beaumont, TX—7 March 1990

Included in AAFA ACTION, September 1992

 

            Eva Lee Mack, 83, of Ames, Iowa, died Monday at Mary Greely Hospital in Ames.

            Funeral arrangements are pending at Merle Hay Mausoleum Mortuary in Des Moines, Iowa. A memorial service will be in Beaumont at a later date.

            A native of Italy, Texas, she has lived in Beaumont 75 years before moving to Ames five years ago and was a former executive housekeeper for The Ridgewood in Beaumont.

            Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Ann Cavett of Ames; brothers, Jasper Alford of Silsbee and Jack Alford of Beaumont; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the United Senior Citizens Center in Ames.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Eva L. Mack (SS# issued in TX) was born ,18 Oct 1906,  last residence not listed.

            We included the obituary of her brother Jasper Newell Alford, Jr., in Texas Obituaries; and her grandfather Nelson Ellis Alford in Arkansas Obituaries.

            Eva’s father, Jasper Newell Alford, was born 18 Sept 1883 in Gibson Co., TN, and died 3 March 1951 in TX. He married Mamie Evie White 25 Dec 1905 in Ellis Co., TX.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #4.

            Her lineage: Eva Lee 1906 TX1, Jasper Newell 1882 TN2, Nelson Ellis 1853 TN3, John William 1825 TN4, George Washington 1794 VA5, John 1760 VA6, William 1738 VA7, John 1696 ??8.

 

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HAROLD EDWARD ALFORD

 

GLOBE GAZETTE

Mason City, Cerro Gordo Co., IA—Sunday, 4 February 2001

 

MASON CITY—Harold E. Alford, 79, died Friday (Feb. 2, 2001) at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.

            A private graveside service will be held Monday at Blairsburg Cemetery, Blairsburg. Cataldo Funeral Home, Garner, is in charge of arrangements.

            Harold Edward Alford, the son of Adolphus Edison and Pearl (Fowler) Alford, was born May 17, 1921, at Williams [Hamilton Co.], Iowa. At an early age, he moved with his family to Blairsburg where he attended school.

            He then moved to California where he was in sales. Harold spent most of his life in California and Las Vegas, Nev., before moving back to Iowa and working at O'Brien Moving and Storage Company in Mason City.

            He enjoyed traveling and playing music on the guitar and piano.

            Harold is survived by four nephews, Byron Stromer and his wife, Millie, of Garner, Val Stromer and his wife, Millie, of Slater, Velere Stromer and his wife, Juanita, of Klemme, and Lyndon Stromer and his wife, Jeanne, of Denver, Colo.; and two special long-time friends, Edna Ryan and Lillian Jacobson, both of Mason City.

            He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Morris Alford; and a sister, Verna Stromer.

            Cataldo Funeral Home, (641) 923-2841

 

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Photo from Blairsburg Cemetery, Blairsburg, Hamilton Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Michael

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Harold E. Alford (SS# issued in IA), last residence Mason City, Cerro Gordo Co., IA.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: Harold Edward 1919 IA1, Adolphus Edison 1882 NY2, Leslie 1855 NY3, Ransom Constantine 1818 VT4, Ashley Owen 1770 VT5, Benedict 1716 CT6, Benedict 1688 CT7, Jeremiah 1655 CT8, Benedict 1619 England9, Thomas 1598 England10.

 

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HARRY D. ALVORD

 

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DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—_____ February 1980

 

            Harry D. Alvord, 69, of 2404 Richland Drive, died Wednesday at Mercy Hospital Medical Center of injuries suffered in a car-pedestrian accident last Thursday at Avenue Frederick M. Hubbell and Wisconsin Avenue.

            Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Grandview Funeral Home. Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens.

            Mr. Alvord was born in Mitchellville [Polk Co.], but spent the last 60 years in Des Moines. He was retired from the VanDyke Furnace Co. where he was a bookkeeper and office manager. He was a member of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

            Survivors include his wife, Thelma; three sons, David, Mark and Gary all of Des Moines; a sister, Mary King of Des Moines; a brother, Vernon of Ashville, N.C., and two grandchildren.

 

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Photo from Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Rick Daily

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Harry Alvord (SS# issued in IA) was born 27 Oct 1910 and died _____ Feb 1980, last residence Des Moines, Polk Co., IA.

            See the obituaries of his wife, Thelma Irene Bennett Alvord; son David Jon Alvord; parents, Harvey Clyde Alvord and Cornelia Ann DeVotie Alvord; and siblings Catherine M. Alvord McCurnin, Mary Esther Alvord King and William Paul Alvord in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #3.

            His ALVORD lineage: Harry D. 1910 IA1, Harvey Clyde 1879 IA2, William Brewster 1855 NY3, Sylvester Dudley 1810 NY4, Elijah 1774 CT5, Daniel 1742 CT6, Thomas 1710 MA7, Thomas 1683 MA8, Thomas 1653 CT9, Alexander 1627 England10, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England11.

 

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HARVEY CLYDE ALVORD

 

Photo from Kristen Jorgensen’s KingCasadyBartzAlvord Family Tree (Ancestry.com)—used with permission

 

Source unknown

IA—24 September 1959

 

H.C. ALVORD LAID TO REST

 

            Harvey Clyde Alvord was born May 3, 1879 in Iowa county and passed away September 9, 1959. He was married in 1902 to Cornelia Ann DeVotie. To this union were born seven children, Mrs. Catherine McCurnin, Mitchellville; Mrs. Mary King, Harry Alvord, Paul Alvord, all of Des Moines, Vernon Alvord, Kansas City, Missouri; also 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

            Services were held Thursday, September 10, at the Methodist church in Mitchellville with Rev. Viney officiating. Burial was in the Mitchellville cemetery.

 

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Photos from Mitchellville Cemetery, Mitchellville, Polk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Katie Lou

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of his wife, Cornelia Ann DeVotie Alvord; and his children Catherine M. Alvord McCurnin, Harry D. Alvord, Mary Esther Alvord King, and William Paul Alvord in this compilation.

            Harvey was the son of William Brewster Alvord and Katherine Fields. He died in Clarinda, Page Co., IA.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #3.

            His ALVORD lineage: Harvey Clyde 1879 IA1, William Brewster 1855 NY2, Sylvester Dudley 1810 NY3, Elijah 1774 CT4, Daniel 1742 CT5, Thomas 1710 MA6, Thomas 1683 MA7, Thomas 1653 CT8, Alexander 1627 England9, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England10.

 

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IRA JOSEPH ALFORD

 

VILLISCA REVIEW

Villisca, Montgomery Co., IA—Thursday, 28 March 1946

 

            Ira J. Alford, 62, resident of this community many years, died Tuesday [March 26] at 5 A.M., at his home northwest of Villisca, Iowa, following a prolonged illness.

            The body was brought to the Sutphen funeral home to await the funeral service which will be held there, Friday at 2 P.M., conducted by the Rev. E.M. Buehler, assisted by the Rev. F.W. Thompson. Interment will be in the Villisca Cemetery.

FAG photo requested 8/22/2014

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of his second wife, Martha C. Enarson Alford; third wife, Esme V. Anderson Alford; and son Lee Ernest Alford in this compilation.

            Ira’s memorial at Find A Grave says he was born 26 Aug 1883 in IL.

            From AAFA research: Ira Joseph Alford’s first wife was Myrtle Edith Copelin (1887-1928), the mother of his son Lee Ernest Alford. Ira’s second wife was Martha L. Enarson, whom he married 9 Dec 1917 in Villisca and who died 1 May 1940. He married his third wife 8 Oct 1941 in Nodaway Co., MO, but the marriage record says they were both from Montgomery Co., IA.

            Ira’s parents, Charles Alford and Cecilia Emma Young, and his paternal grandparents, Carlos Alford and Rebecca Smith, are buried in Princeville Township Cemetery, Peoria Co., IL.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: Ira Joseph 1883 IL1, Charles 1855 IL2, Carlos 1807 CT3, Moses 1783 CT4, Joseph 1748 CT5, Jonathan 1720 CT6, Jeremiah 1692 CT7, Jeremiah 1655 CT8, Benedict 1619 England9, Thomas 1598 England10.

 

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JAMES WARREN ALFORD

 

Jurrens Funeral Home

George, Lyon Co., IA—_____ August 2013

 

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GEORGE, IA—James W. Alford age 54 of George, IA died Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Jurrens Funeral Home in George, with Reverend Terry Simm officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in George.

            James Warren Alford was born on December 4, 1958, the son of Warren and Pocahontas (Cooper) Alford in Tahlequah, OK. James grew up in Keota, OK and attended school there. On August 8, 1986, James was united in marriage to Beth Lemke in Wagneer, OK. He lived and worked various places throughout his life such as, working on an oil rig in Alaska, welder in Oklahoma, IBP in South Sioux City, NE, Swift in Worthington, MN and most recently Sudenga in George, IA. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley, IA.

            James enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing darts, cards, riding motorcycle, watching movies with his kids and vacationing with his family. He was a kind hearted person, easy going and a good provider to his family and a big fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oklahoma Sooners.

            James is survived by his wife, Beth Alford of Sibley, IA; five children, Billy Warren of Texas, Kandice Alford of Sibley, IA, Amanda Alford of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Tabitha and Tanner Alford of Sibley, IA; two brothers, Eugene Alford of Stigler, OK and Kenneth Lowe of Kiefton, Oklahoma; sister, Linda Colwell of Stigler, OK; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Pocahontas Alford; sister, Katherine Harmon; brother, Robert Lowe; paternal grandparents, Simm and Mary Alford; and maternal grandparents, Oscar and Madge Cooper.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

            We included the obituary of his mother, Pocahontas “Pokey” Cooper Alford, in Oklahoma Obituaries.

 

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JERRY D. ALFORD

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Sunday, 8 April 2001

 

            Jerry Alford, 40, of the 1800 block of East Park Avenue, died of a heart attack Thursday [April 5] at home. Graveside services will be held on Monday at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

            Mr. Alford was born in Denver, Colorado, and had lived in Des Moines most of his life. He was a supervisor with Integra ABM services.

            He is survived by his wife, Lisa Leonard; a son, Jerry III at home; a daughter, Stephanie Whitten of Des Moines; five brothers, Jim Todd, Charles Alford, Ronald Alford, and Earl Alford, all of Des Moines, and Donald Alford of Stuart; and three sisters, Betty Alford of Des Moines, Lillie Alford of Iowa City, and Shirley Stepp of Richmond, Kentucky.

 

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Photo from Laurel Hill Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Nancy (Clayton) Phillips

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Jerry D. Alford (SS# issued in IA) was born 5 June 1960, last residence not listed.

            See the obituaries of his parents, Mat Arthur Alford and Mae Stepp Alford; and his siblings Betty S. Alford, Charles Everett Alford, and Earl C. Alford in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Jerry D. 1960 CO1, Mat Arthur 1923 KY2, Charles 1892 KY3, Tarlton 1863 KY4, Daniel Lunsford 1830 NC5, John 1806 NC6, Achilles 1772 VA/NC7, John before 1750 VA8.

 

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KAY LA VON MOORE ALVORD

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—14 May 2014

 

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            A celebration of life service for Kay La Von Alvord, who passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May, 12, 2014 will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 17 at Caldwell Raddatz Funeral Home and Crematory in Urbandale. A visitation will be held two hours prior to services.

            Kay enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, golfing, reading and getting together with friends. She especially loved her dogs.

            Kay is survived by her sister, Jo (Jeff) Cox.

            She is preceded in death by her husband, David and brother, Dan Moore.

            Memorial contributions may be given to the National Kidney Foundation. Condolences may be expressed at caldwellraddatz.com

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

 

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LEE ERNEST ALFORD

 

RED OAK EXPRESS

Red Oak, Montgomery Co., IA—_____ November 1991

 

            Services for Lee Ernest Alford, 82, Corning, Adams County, Iowa, were Saturday, November 23, 1991, at Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Corning, Iowa. Joe Cook officiated and burial was in Villisca Cemetery, Villisca, Iowa, with military rites by Corning American Legion Ourcq Post #117 of which he was a life-time member.

            Mr. Alford died Thursday, November 21, 1991, at Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa.

            He was born November 15, 1909, in Washington Township, Montgomery County to Ira J. and Myrtle Copelin Alford, attended rural school in Montgomery County and graduated from Villisca High School in 1928. He married Verla Van Alstine in Maryville, Missouri, April 6, 1940. In 1939, he joined the Iowa National Guard and entered the U.S. Army, April 18, 1944, at Camp Dodge. He served during WW II in the European Theatre, Rhineland, Germany, and was discharged September 10, 1945, after being wounded in action in France. He worked in Villisca and Corning as a hog buyer for 26 years and worked at the Corning Post Office until retiring in 1975. He held a life-time membership in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of Happy Hollow Country club, where he was an avid golfer. He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

            Memorials are suggested to Corning American Legion Scholarship Fund or Mercy Hospital Rose Ann Auxiliary.

            Survivors include his wife, Verla; two daughters, Judy Acinger and husband Frank of Plano, Texas and Janet Boswell and husband Dale of Corning; seven grandchildren; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Clyde Copley of Austin, Minnesota; one niece, one nephew.

 

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Photos from Villisca Cemetery, Villisca, Montgomery Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographers, Marty & Harley

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Lee E. Alford (SS# issued in IA), last residence not listed.

            See the obituary of his father, Ira Joseph Alford, in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: Lee Ernest 1909 IA1, Ira Joseph 1883 IL2, Charles 1855 IL3, Carlos 1807 CT4, Moses 1783 CT5, Joseph 1748 CT6, Jonathan 1720 CT7, Jeremiah 1692 CT8, Jeremiah 1655 CT9, Benedict 1619 England10, Thomas 1598 England11.

 

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LILLIE CELESTIA EASTER HALFORD

 

QUAD-CITY TIMES

Davenport, Scott Co., IA—Wednesday, 24 November 1999

 

            Lillie C. Halford, of Davenport, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Davenport Good Samaritan Center. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport…. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Buffalo, Iowa.

            Mrs. Halford was a homemaker.

            Lillie Easter was born Dec. 16, 1919, in Gainesville, Mo. She married Birt Halford in 1946 in Rock Island. He died in 1970.

            Survivors include daughters, Louetta Carlson, Davenport, Nancy Brentise, Davenport, Wonda Amoni, Buffalo, Iowa, and Susie Harrison, LeMars, Iowa; sons, Winston, Niangua, Mo., Gary, Yuma, Ariz., and Jerry, Davenport; 22 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Mamie Lewis, Pasadena, Texas, and Deloris Stroud, Mountain Grove, Mo.; and brothers, Reed Easter, Lebanon, Mo., Vandon Easter, VanZant, Mo., John Easter, Davenport, and Basil Easter, Matherville, Ill.

 

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Photo from Rose Hill Cemetery, Buffalo, Scott Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, arkdzn

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Lillie C. Halford (SS# issued in IA).

            We included the obituary of her son Jerry Lester Halford in Missouri Obituaries.

            Extensive information on the Halford family, including photos of William Luker Halford and his wife, Susan Caroline Walker, can be found on the web page of Michael Kruse, The Kruse Home Page.

            Her husband’s HALFORD lineage: Birt Franklin 1894 MO1, James Franklin 1858 TN2, William Luker 1835 TN3, John 1795 SC4.

 

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LORE ALFORD

 

NEW YORK TIMES

New York City, NY—31 March 1900

 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., March 30—A dispatch to The Journal from Waterloo, Iowa, says that ex-Speaker Love Alford of the Iowa House of Representatives committed suicide in his bathroom by cutting his throat with a razor. Failing health caused despondency.

 

In another article:

 

ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC

St. Louis, MO—31 March 1900

 

SUPPOSED SUICIDE

L. ALFORD OF WATERLOO, IA., FOUND DEAD WITH HIS THROAT CUT.

 

WATERLOO, Ia., March 30—Former Speaker of the House Lore Alford was found dead in the bathroom of his home today with his throat cut. The body was in a kneeling posture with the head hanging over the bath tub into which the blood was spurting.

            Despondency over poor health is supposed to have been the cause for the act. Four years ago he attempted suicide by shooting, but recovered. Mr. Alford was a prominent lawyer and was Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives during the Eighteenth General Assembly to 1880.

 

 

Photographer’s note:“The markers in this Alford Family group are, in the foreground, Perry St. John, and to the right of the monument, Julia B. and Elon St. John. Beyond and to the right of the monument are the markers for Lore Alford and Lilla Alford.”

 

Photos from Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Chuck

 

AAFA NOTES: We included the obituaries of his daughter Louise Alford Powell in District of Columbia Obituaries; his son Robert Cushman Alford in California Obituaries; and his brother Enoch L. Alford in Texas Obituaries.

            Numerous newspapers published nearly identical articles, all apparently from the same source and nearly all misspelling his name Love. It is not clear why the dateline is Minneapolis. His widow, Lilla Alford, is listed on the 1940 census with 3 sons in East Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., IA.

            From The Iowa Legislature:

 

LORE ALFORD Came to Waterloo in the spring of 1866, and began the practice of law here. He had been admitted to the bar, but his first work in the profession was done in this city. A few years later J.C. Elwell became associated with him, and the partnership continued until 1879, when Mr. Elwell retired. January 1, 1881, J.C. Gates entered the firm and the partnership continued till terminated by Mr. Alford's death. Mr. Alford took an active part in politics and all matters of a public nature. He was elected representative to the general assembly from this county in 1877, and was a member of the 17th and 18th general assemblies, 1878 and 1880. In the 18th general assembly Mr. Alford was chosen speaker of the house, and at that time achieved a state wide reputation as a parliamentarian. He was also very prominent in his profession, and was widely known through his connection with the cases brought against the Citizen's Mutual Insurance Co., of this city. Mr. Alford was married March 29, 1871, at Chicago, to Miss Lilla St. John. In social circles Mr. Alford and his family have always been prominent and their home was always noted for its cheering hospitality. Source: The Waterloo Daily Register, Waterloo, Iowa, 1900

 

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of Benedict Alford and Joan Newton.

            His lineage: Lore 1838 ME1, Nathaniel 1807 MA2, Deacon Lore 1766 CT3, Nathaniel 1738 CT4, Nathaniel 1688 CT5, Josiah 1649 CT6, Benedict 1619 England7, Thomas 1598 England8.

 

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MAE STEPP ALFORD

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Thursday, 26 December 1991

Included in AAFA ACTION, Fall 1998

 

            Mae Alford, 62, 926 Oakridge Drive, died of a heart attack Tuesday [December 24] at home. Services will be at 9 a.m. Friday at Hamilton’s Funeral Home with burial in Kentucky.

            Mrs. Alford, a homemaker, was born in Booneville, KY, and lived in Des Moines for several years.

            She is survived by her husband, Art; six sons, Ronald, Donald, Charles, Earl, Jerry and Jim Todd, all of Des Moines; three daughters, Shirley Stepp of KY, and Lilly and Betty Alford, both of Des Moines; a sister Martha Smith of Kentucky; 30 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren....

 

In another article:

 

THE COURIER-JOURNAL

Louisville, KY—Sunday, 29 December 1991

 

BOONEVILLE [Owsley Co.]—Mae Stepp Alford, 62, Des Moines, Iowa, formerly of Booneville, died there Tuesday. Her husband, Matthew, survives. Graveside service, 1 p.m. Sunday, Chestnut Gap Cemetery. Searcy & Strong Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FAG photo requested 5/29/2013

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that M. Alford (SS# issued in OH) was born 12 May 1929 and died _____ Dec 1991, last residence Des Moines, Polk Co., IA.

            See the obituaries of her husband, Mat Arthur Alford; and her children Betty S. Alford, Charles Everett Alford, Earl C. Alford, and Jerry D. Alford in this compilation.

            Mae was the daughter of James Stepp and Elizabeth Barrett.

 

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MARTHA C. ENARSON ALFORD

 

ADAMS COUNTY FREE PRESS

Corning, Adams Co., IA—Thursday, 2 May 1940

 

            Mr. and Mrs. Lee Alford had word Wednesday night of the death of Mr. Alford's stepmother, Mrs. Ira Alford of Villisca [Montgomery Co.]. Mrs. Alford died in an Omaha [NE] hospital following an operation, which was the third operation she had undergone in an effort to save her life.

            Funeral services were held Sunday at Villisca and attended by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Alford and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Van Alstine of Corning.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her husband, Ira Joseph Alford, in this compilation.

 

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MARTHA JOSEPHINE “MARTY” CURRY ALFORD

 

QUAD-CITY TIMES

Davenport, Scott Co., IA—12 April 2001

 

BETTENDORF—Services for Martha J. "Marty" Alford, 68, Bettendorf, formerly of Blue Grass, Iowa, were April 9 at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial was in Davenport Memorial Park.

            Mrs. Alford died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Muscatine (Iowa) Care Center.

            She was employed as a realty specialist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

            Martha Curry was born Dec. 19, 1932, in Normal, Ill. She married Kenneth "Smokey" Alford in 1953 in California.

            Memorials may be made to Quad-City Diabetes Association or Scott County Humane Society.

            Survivors include a daughter, Holly Alford, Blue Grass; and brothers, David Curry, Minneapolis, and James Curry, Caledonia, Minn.

 

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Photo from Davenport Memorial Park, Davenport, Scott Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

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Permission granted by the photographer,

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AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Martha C. Alford (SS# issued in IA), last residence Blue Grass, Scott Co., IA.

            See the obituary of her daughter Sheri Joyce Alford in this compilation.

            1940 census, Urbana, Champaign Co., IL: Martha J. Curry, age 7 born IL, is living with her parents, Loren B. and Marian S. Curry, and her brother Lawrence, David, and James.

            From California Marriage Index, 1949–1959 (Ancestry.com): Martha J. Curry, age 22, married Kenneth W. Alford, age 21, on 9 Apr 1955 in Orange Co., CA.

            Her parents, Loren Bernard Curry (1890–1972) and Marion Stearns Curry (1896–1973) are also buried in Davenport Memorial Park.

 

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MARY ESTHER ALVORD KING

 

Photo from Kristen Jorgensen’s KingCasadyBartzAlvord Family Tree (Ancestry.com)—used with permission

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Sunday, 12 July 1992

Included in AAFA ACTION, Fall 1998

 

            Mary E. King, 86, of Plymouth Place, 4111 Ingersoll Ave., died of a pulmonary ailment Friday [July 10] at Mercy Hospital Medical Center. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Dunn’s Funeral Home. The body will be cremated following services.

            Mrs. King was born in Mitchellville and had lived in Des Moines most of her life. She was a retired medical transcriptionist at Veterans Medical Center, and had later worked at Des Moines General Hospital.

            She is survived by a son, Thomas of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Susie Swartzbaugh of Des Moines; a brother, Vernon Alvord of Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Mary E. King (SS# issued in IA) was born 3 Apr 1906, last residence not listed.

            See the obituaries of her parents, Harvey Clyde Alvord and Cornelia Ann DeVotie Alvord; and siblings Catherine M. Alvord McCurnin, Harry D. Alvord and William Paul Alvord in this compilation.

            Mary was born 3 April 1906. She married Harold Michael King (1905–1953) on 28 Dec 1932 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO.

            Information on this family is from KingCasadyBartzAlvord Family Tree on Ancestry.com. More photos and the marriage certificate of Harold and Mary are also at that site.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #3.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Mary Esther 1906 IA1, Harvey Clyde 1879 IA2, William Brewster 1855 NY3, Sylvester Dudley 1810 NY4, Elijah 1774 CT5, Daniel 1742 CT6, Thomas 1710 MA7, Thomas 1683 MA8, Thomas 1653 CT9, Alexander 1627 England10, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England11.

 

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MAT ARTHUR ALFORD

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Friday, 13 March 1998

Included in AAFA ACTION, Fall 1998

 

            Mat A. Alford, 74, of Guthrie Center died of a heart attack Tuesday [March 10] at Home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Des Moines.

            Mr. Alford was born in Booneville [Owsley Co.], KY., and had lived in Des Moines several years before moving to Guthrie Center five years ago. He was a retired truck driver for the state of Indiana.

            Surviving are six sons, Jim Todd, Charles Alford, Jerry Alford and Ronnie Alford, all of Des Moines, Earl Alford of West Des Moines, and Donny Alford of Stuart; three daughters, Betty Alford and Lillie Alford, both of Des Moines, and Shirley Stepp of Kentucky; a brother, Hoozier Alford of West Virginia; and three sisters, Katie Huffaker of Colo and Berdy Alford and Helen Alsip, both of Missouri; 36 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren....

 

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Photo from Laurel Hill Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Nancy (Clayton) Phillips

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death. The birth year on his gravestone is incorrect.

            See the obituaries of his wife, Mae Stepp Alford; and his children Betty S. Alford, Charles Everett Alford, Earl C. Alford, and Jerry D. Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of his brother Caleb V. Alford in Kentucky Obituaries.

            According to AAFA’s KY Vital Statistics, Mat Arthur Alford was born 12 Aug 1923 to Lillie M. Warren and _______ Alford of Bell Co., KY. Kentucky Birth Index, 1911–1999 (Ancestry.com) lists Mat A. Alford born 12 Aug 1923 in Bell Co., mother’s maiden name Lillie Warren. Also born in Bell Co. was Caleb V. Alford on 24 June 1925, mother’s maiden name Mae Warren.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Mat Arthur 1923 KY1, Charles 1892 KY2, Tarlton 1863 KY3, Daniel Lunsford 1830 NC4, John 1806 NC5, Achilles 1772 VA/NC6, John before 1750 VA7.

 

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MELISSA ALFORD

 

GLOBE GAZETTE

Mason City, Cerro Gordo Co., IA—Monday, 24 November 2014

 

SHEFFIELD—Family and friends are raising money to send a Sheffield woman's body back to her hometown in Hawaii.

            Melissa Alford, 31, was killed when her car crashed into a grain truck at Lark Avenue and 210th Street on Friday morning.

            She is survived by two children. A longtime resident of Hawaii, Alford had been living in Sheffield since August.

            "She's very energetic, outgoing," said David Hirsch, her boyfriend of three years. "Typically had a smile on her face. Quick wit. She had a really quick wit with a silver tongue behind it."

            Alford's mother, Deb Mertens, is raising money to bring her daughter's body back to Maui, Hawaii. The family had about half of the $8,000 needed and is seeking the rest through the online fund-raiser, giveforward.com. As of 4 p.m. Monday, donors had given $3,200 of the $4,000 goal. The response touched Hirsch. "There still is some humanity left in this world of chaos," he said. "It really warms my heart.

            Alford spent her early childhood in Georgia. At age 12, she moved to Hawaii with her mother.

            "She loved to surf. She loved the beach," said Hirsch, who met Alford while working in Maui. "She was just a Maui girl with blond hair."

            The fatal crash was still being investigated on Monday. Iowa State troopers said Alford was driving north on Lark Avenue and either failed to stop at a stop sign or failed to yield. She was hit by a westbound grain truck. The driver of the grain truck, Thomas Turek, 61, of Clear Lake, wasn't hurt.

            Former co-workers of Alford's at The Other Place in Clear Lake are organizing another fundraiser. Details are still being worked out.

            Her bubbly personality and outgoing nature will be missed, friends say. "She had the biggest smile you could ever imagine," said fellow Other Place bartender Rachel Allbaugh. "She was always so pleasant and easy to work with."

 

 

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MILDRED H. MEIER ALFORD

 

MUSCATINE JOURNAL

Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA—Monday, 19 November 2001

 

 

MUSCATINE, IA—Mildred H. Alford, 88, a resident of Lutheran Homes in Muscatine, formerly of Bettendorf [Scott Co.], died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, at the care center.

            There will be no services or visitation. Bentley Funeral Home in Wilton is in charge of the arrangements.

            Mrs. Alford was born Sept. 14, 1913, in Redwing, Minn., the daughter of Emil and Minnie Meier. She married Vernon Alford in 1932 in Davenport.

            She worked at the Rock Island Arsenal in the payroll department, retiring in 1980. Previously she worked at the Army Corps of Engineers at the Arsenal.

            She enjoyed dancing, bicycling and traveling.

            Survivors include a daughter, Merry Howell and her husband, Thomas, of Moscow; a son, Kenneth ‘Smokey’ Alford and his wife, Bobbi Jo, of Los Cruces, N.M.; three granddaughters, Holly Alford, Julia Mullen Tharp and April Howell; two grandsons, Eric Alford and Tim Mullen; and three great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Mildred H. Alford (SS# issued in IA).

 

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MILDRED SHIRLEY HALFORD FREEBERN

 

 

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Photos from her Find A Grave memorial

Posted by her friend Evelyn Evans – used with permission

 

WATERLOO/CEDAR FALLS COURIER

Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., IA—20 November 1997

Included in AAFA ACTION, Fall 1998

 

INDEPENDENCE [Buchanan Co.]—Mildred S. Freebern, 72, of Independence, died at home Monday, Nov. 17, of natural causes; survivors include two daughters, Ruth Ann Smedley of Denver, Colo., and Teri McKinley of Woodbridge, Va.; two sons, Lee Roy of Cabot, Ark., and Rick of Olathe, Kan.; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Arnold Halford of Winthrop; and a sister, Margie Soules of Stanley; she was preceded in death by a son, Hal; and two brothers, Harland and Nelson Halford; services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Hope Wesleyan Church, Independence, with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Winthrop; friends may call anytime today at White Funeral Home, Independence; Ms Freebern taught school for a while, then became a secretary at the Mental Health Institute and at Hope Wesleyan Chruch, both in Independence, retiring in 1996.

 

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THE GAZETTE

Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA—19 November 1997

Included in AAFA ACTION, Fall 1998

 

            Mildred S. Freebern, 72, died of an apparent heart attack Monday, Nov. 17, 1997, in her home. Services: 10a.m. Friday, Hope Wesleyan Church, Independence [Buchanan Co.]. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Winthrop. Friends may call after 7 tonight and anytime Thursday at White Funeral Home, Independence.

            Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Ann Smedley of Denver, Colo., and Teri McKinley of Woodbridge, Va.; two sons, Lee Roy of Cabot, Ark., and Rick of Olathe, Kan.; and a brother, Arnold Halford of Winthrop; and a sister, Margie Soules of Stanley.

 

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Photo from Fairview Cemetery, Winthrop, Buchanan Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Jan Miller

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Mildred S. Freebern (SS# issued in IA) was born 28 Nov 1924, last residence Independence, Buchanan Co., IA.

            See the obituary of her brother Arnold Hayes Halford in this compilation. We included the obituaries of her paternal grandparents, Ashley Rozel Halford and Nancy Elizabeth Davis Halford, in Illinois Obituaries.

            Her HALFORD lineage: Mildred Shirley 1924 IL1, Roy Ralph 1896 IL2, Ashley Rozel 1870 IL3, [Ashley’s father unknown; he used his mother’s last name] Mary Francis 1848 IL4, Jonathan Adkinson 1800 NC5, John 1765 NC6, James 1737 NC7, John 1690 NC8, John 1640 NC9, Thomas 1614 England10.

 

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OREL “WHITEY” HALFORD

 

QUAD-CITY TIMES

Davenport, Scott Co., IA—28 February 1997

Included in AAFA ACTION, Fall 1998

 

            Services for Orel “Whitey” Halford, 77, of Bettendorf [Scott Co.], will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bettendorf. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, West Liberty, Iowa. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

            Mr. Halford died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997 at Genesis Medical, East Campus, Davenport.

            He retired in January 1982 after 32 years at Alcoa, Davenport Works. Orel was born Dec. 21, 1919 in Ozark County, Mo., to Bird and Ada (Martin) Halford. He married Mary Maher in April 1946 in Nichols, Iowa. During World War II he served in the Army. His hobbies included gardening, clocks and woodworking.

            Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bettendorf, or the Salvation Army.

            Survivors include his daughters, Diane (Mrs. John) State Sr., Rapids City, Ill., and Donna Lopez, Davenport; four grandchildren, Christine (Mrs. Mick) Webster and great-grandson, Ryan, Rapids City, Ill., John State Jr., Rapids City, Shannon Lopez, Davenport, and Justin Lopez, Davenport; a brother, Merle Halford, and his wife, Leoda, Davenport; half sisters, Nancy (Mrs. Chet) Brentice, Davenport, Wanda Amoni, Davenport, and Susan (Mrs. Tim) Harrison, LeMars, Iowa; half brothers, Gary Halford, and his wife, Maria, Yuma, Ariz., and Jerry Halford, of Oklahoma; and a special friend, Helen Anderson, Bettendorf. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and two sisters, Leathea Yarrington and Opal Huber.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Orel L. Halford (SS# issued in IA).

 

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ROBERT A. ALFORD

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—26 October 2009

 

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WEST DES MOINES—Bob Alford, 88, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2009, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

            Bob was born on December 25, 1920, in Kansas City, Missouri to Freeman and Mary Alford. He had a great love for baseball and played for both the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs systems. Bob served his country in the US Navy during WWII. He married Betty Mullin on January 9, 1943, in Washington, DC. In 1958, they moved to Windsor Heights where they made his home. Bob was an avid golfer at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. He was a member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Kiwanis Golden K and Quarter Century Club at Equitable of Iowa.

            Bob worked in the Insurance Industry his entire career. Upon moving to Des Moines he started with Equitable of Iowa (ING) where he retired as Vice President of the Agency Department.

            Bob was preceded in death in 2006 by his wife of 63 years, Betty; his parents and his brother, Freeman.

He is survived by a host of many friends.

            Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 26, at St. Theresa Catholic Church with funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Theresa Catholic Church or the American Heart Association.

 

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Photo from Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Katie Lou

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Robert Alford (SS# issued in MO), last residence West Des Moines, Polk Co., IA.

            See the obituary of his wife, Betty J. Mullin Alford, in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his sister Bettie Jane Alford in Missouri Obituaries; and of his brother Freeman Richard Alford in Texas Obituaries.

            He was the son of Freeman Fife Alford and Mary Elizabeth Jagars.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #4.

            His lineage: Robert A. 1920 MO1, Freeman Fife 1891 MO2, Robert Morrow 1848 MO3, Thomas 1818 VA4, James 1779 VA5, John 1732 VA6, John 1696 MD7.

 

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RUFUS ALFORD

 

GLOBE GAZETTE

Mason City, Cerro Gordo Co., IA—Thursday, 19 June 1941

 

            Rufus Alford, about 69, 1211 Massachusetts avenue southeast, died at a local hospital Thursday morning, after a lengthy illness. He had been in the hospital for 12 days.

            Funeral services will be held at the Patterson funeral home Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. J.M. Eaves of St. John's Baptist church in charge. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.

            Mr. Alford- had lived in the same home for 23 years. He was born in the state of Mississippi and was employed by the Milwaukee railroad.

            Survivors include his wife. Birdie Alford, and two nieces and a nephew in Waterloo.

            He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Anna May Simmons.

 

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Photo from Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Cerro Gordo Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, GeneGraver

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of his wife, Birdie Alford, in this compilation.

 

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SHERI JOYCE ALFORD

 

DAILY TIMES

Carroll, Carroll Co., IA—22 August 1960

 

            Sheri Joyce Alford is dead. Her mother, Mrs. Martha Alford, a divorcee, is under heavy sedation.

            The child died in scalding water in a bath tub at the Alford home.

            Police said Mrs. Alford told them: “I thought it was the safest place in the house for her.” There was no crib for the child.

            Mrs. Alford had put some throw rugs in the tub as padding and covered them with a blanket. She said she put the baby in the tub, and then went upstairs with her 4-year-old daughter for a nap.

            When she awoke two hours later, Mrs. Alford said, she heard water running. She ran downstairs to find the tub full of scalding water and the baby dead.

            Police said there were signs the child had been playing and apparently had turned on the hot water faucet. The blankets probably stopped up the drain.

 

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Photo from Davenport Memorial Park, Davenport, Scott Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Waiting for permission from TheMirrorBlue – LM on bio page 9/25/2014 – again 9/21/2015

Permission granted by the photographer,

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her mother, Martha Josephine “Marty” Curry Alford, in this compilation.

 

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THELMA IRENE BENNETT ALVORD

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Friday, 6 November 1998

 

            Thelma Irene Alvord, 85, of Valley View Village, 2571 Guthrie Ave., died of a heart ailment there Wednesday. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member and deacon. Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery.

            Mrs. Alvord was born in Hocking and had lived in Des Moines most of her life. She was a retired merchandiser with Ardan’s Jewelry and a volunteer with Valley View Village.

            She is survived by three sons, David of Urbandale, Gary of Des Moines and Mark of Ankeny; and two grandchildren.

            The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hamilton’s Near Highland Memory Gardens Funeral Home....

 

Photo from Highland Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Rick Daily

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Thelma I. Alvord (SS# issued in IA) was born 26 Sept 1913.

            See the obituaries of her husband, Harry D. Alvord; and son David Jon Alvord in this compilation.

            From her Find A Grave memorial: Her parents were Frederick Orville Bennett and Rachael Ann Pilkington.

 

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THOMAS WAYNE ALFORD

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Wednesday, 6 February 2008

 

SHELL ROCK [Butler Co.]—Thomas W. Alford, 43, passed away Saturday. There will be no visitation or services. Tom’s body has been cremated. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home of Waverly, Iowa is assisting the family.

 

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Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home

Shell Rock, Butler Co., IA—_____ February 2008

 

Thomas Wayne Alford: Tom W. Alford

 

            Thomas W. Alford, 43, of Shell Rock and formerly from Liverpool, Texas passed away Saturday, February 2, 2008 at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa.

            Tom was born on October 28, 1964 in Houston, Texas, the son of Keith and Kathleen (Hilzdendager) Alford. He attended school in Texas and graduated from Woodland High School in Woodland, Texas. Tom worked with his dad as a mechanic at their auto repair shop since he was 15 years old. In 2001, he took over the family business before closing the shop in 2002. In his younger years, Tom enjoyed speed racing boats. He also enjoyed spending time on the beach, drinking beer and patron, but most especially, spending time with his family and taking care of his mother-in-law, Judy.

            Survivors are his wife, Julie Alford of Shell Rock, Iowa; stepson, Austin Miller; his mother, Kathy Hilzdendager and her husband, Woody Skains of Liverpool, Texas; his dog, Missi; Kathy’s dog, Maggie Mae; mother-in-law, Judy Miller of Shell Rock, Iowa; grandmother, Iva Alford; sister, Angie Alford of San Antonio, Texas and niece, Kayla Alford. He was preceded in death by his father, Keith Alford; grandfather, Milton Alford and his maternal grandparents, Johnny and Lois Hilzdendager.

            There will be no visitation or services, Tom’s body has been cremated. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home of Waverly, Iowa is assisting the family. 352-1187 Memorials may be directed to the family and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Thomas W. Alford (SS# issued in TX), last residence Liverpool, Brazoria Co., TX.

            We included the obituary of his father, Keith Lanier Alford, in Texas Obituaries.

            Keith was born March 24, 1944 in Harris Co., TX, the son of Milton Lanier Alford and Iva Amanda Clarke, who married June 1, 1938 in Harris County, TX. Keith married Kathy A. Hilzendager on April 14, 1964. The family descends from the Julius Alford born 1717 VA.

 

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VIRGINIA ALFORD BOLING

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Saturday, 6 April 1985

 

            Virginia Boling, 56, of 636 Twenty-second St., died of cancer Friday [April 5] at Broadlawns Medical Center. Services are pending in Austin, Ind.

            Mrs. Boling was born in Ohio and resided in Indiana most of her life and in Des Moines the past six years. She was a homemaker and was a member of Kingsway Cathedral.

            Survivors include a son, Jim; three sisters, Katy Huffaker of Collins, Helen Alsip of St. Louis, Mo., and Bernadette Alexander of Illinois; and four brothers, Matt Alford of Crothersville, Ind; Caleb Alford of Berry, Ky., Junior Alexander of Ettawa, Tenn., and Franklin Alford of Clarksburg, W. Va....

            Dunn’s Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Virginia Boling (SS# issued in IN) was born 20 Apr 1928 and died _____ April 1984.

 

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WILLIAM D. ALFORD

 

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THE GAZETTE

Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA—Monday, 18 February 2008

 

            William D. Alford, 81, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, following a brief illness.

            Born Feb. 4, 1927, in Fargo, N.D., to Ernest and Tressie Alford, he grew up on the Alford Guernsey Dairy Farm, which provided the foundation for a lifelong career in farm broadcasting (radio and TV) and sales.

            Bill served with the U.S. Army paratroops occupation forces in Japan after World War II. He then graduated from Iowa State University with a journalism degree. He was editor of the ISU Daily and named Most Likely to Succeed in his graduating class of 1951. His farm broadcasting career began at WOI-AM-FM-TV, and continued with the University of Massachusetts Extension Service and WLW Radio in Cincinnati. He is best remembered for his subsequent 24 years with WMT AM/FM/TV as a popular farm broadcaster and farm editor. Bill is a member of the WMT Radio Hall of Fame. He earned national prominence as president of the Iowa chapter and also as national president of the National Agri-Marketing Association. He was elected as Chairman of the Associates of NAFB (National Association of Farm Broadcasters).

            After leaving WMT, Bill was agribusiness director of Blair Radio and was later affiliated with Frank Magid & Associates. His love of golf continued into retirement and he greatly enjoyed working as a starter and ranger at Twin Pines Golf Course.

            Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn Larson Alford, and three daughters: Linda Fritts and husband, Jack, of Cedar Rapids, Amy Nakai of Plymouth, Minn., and Susan Boeckmann and husband, Neal, of Cedar Rapids. His four grandchildren are Lisa (David) Kesse, Jessica Fritts, David Nakai and Andrea Nakai.

            Also surviving is his stepmother, Verna Alford.

            Visitation and funeral services are pending at Cedar Memorial. Burial will be at a later date in Callender (Iowa) Cemetery.

            Memorials to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy or Camp Courageous would be greatly appreciated.

 

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THE GAZETTE

Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA—Monday, 18 February 2008

 

            William D. Alford: Services, 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. The Rev. Herbert Isenberg will officiate. Burial: noon Wednesday at Callender Cemetery, Callender, Iowa. Friends may call at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy or to Camp Courageous in Bill’s name. Please leave a message or tribute to the Alford family on the Web page www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of William D. Alford (SS# issued in ND).

 

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WILLIAM PAUL ALVORD

 

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Monday, 13 March 1972

 

            Alvord, William, 58, of 3114 S.W. Twelfth Place, died Saturday at Merry Hospital.

 

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DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Polk Co., IA—Tuesday, 14 March 1972

 

            Alvord—Services for William P. Alvord, 3414 Southwest Twelfth Place, will be 1 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment Sunset Memorial. Arnold’s Highland Park Funeral Home.

 

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Photo from Sunset Memorial Gardens, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA

—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Katie Lou

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that William Alvord (SS# issued in IA) was born 9 Sept 1913 and died _____ March 1972, last residence not listed.

            See the obituaries of his wife, Anna C. Rasmussen Alvord; parents Harvey Clyde Alvord and Cornelia Ann DeVotie Alvord; and siblings Catherine M. Alvord McCurnin, Harry D. Alvord, Mary Esther Alvord King in this compilation.

            He served in WWII in Company A 810 Signal Service Battalion.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #3.

            His ALVORD lineage: William Paul 1913 IA1, Harvey Clyde 1879 IA2, William Brewster 1855 NY3, Sylvester Dudley 1810 NY4, Elijah 1774 CT5, Daniel 1742 CT6, Thomas 1710 MA7, Thomas 1683 MA8, Thomas 1653 CT9, Alexander 1627 England10, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England11.