Obituary for Gertrude Eva Mumm (Bell)
Gertrude E. Mumm, 98, of Independence, IA, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at her daughters home in Jesup, IA.
Gertrude was born on November 14, 1918 in Lone Tree, IA the daughter of William and Freida L. (Reiland) Bell. She attended the Country Schools near Ainsworth, IA. On September 1, 1938 she married the love of her life, Barclay William Mumm in Davenport, IA. They lived in Iowa City, IA and Williamsburg, IA before they bought a farm in rural Independence in 1954. Gertrude enjoyed milking cows and working the land on the farm. In 1972 she and Barclay sold the farm and spent the next ten years traveling and working for the Corp. of Engineers. In 1986 they made their home in Quasqueton, IA and lived there happily until the passing of Barclay in 2004.
She enjoyed keeping her mind busy, by playing cards, reading, completing word searches and puzzles. Over 200 puzzles that she has completed can be seen hanging on the walls of Wildberry Manor in Independence.
She is survived by a daughter Carolyn J. (Dale) Hackwell, Jesup, IA, a son Donald (Carole) Mumm, Independence, IA, a daughter-in-law Joyce Mumm, Plymouth, MA. Nine grandchildren; Rodney, Randy, Rick Mumm, Denise Miller, Scott Mumm, Pam Mumm, Debra Jacobs, Deniselee Chittick, and Daniel Mumm. Four step grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, ten step great grandchildren, two brothers, Lester Bell, Lone Tree, IA, and Clifford Bell, West Branch, IA, many nieces and nephews, and a family friend Karen (Roxie) Mulnix.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Barclay, two sons, Ronald & LeRoy Mumm, three sisters, Florence Holmes, Mildred Sass, and Viola Grimm, two brothers Jim & Chester Bell, and a son-in-law Merle Harken.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, Independence, IA, with burial in the Wilson Cemetery, with Rev. John Hougen officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 PM Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, IA, and from 9 AM until services Saturday at the church in Independence, IA.