Edna "Betty" Littlehale
Edna "Betty" Littlehale, 89, of Cherokee, a former Ames resident, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at the Cherokee Villa Nursing & Rehab Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Rev. Magrey deVega will officiate. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Mount Hope Cemetery at Madrid. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. On line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com
. Betty was born May 3, 1920 at Madrid, to Earl and Alta (Clement) Brown. She graduated from Madrid High School in 1938. After attending Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, she taught two years in a country school. Following the death of her husband Edward Bargfield in 1944, she helped her parents in their jewelry store. In 1951, she was married to Ivan Littlehale. She was currently a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee, was a former Sunday School Superindendant in Madrid. She recently was honored with a 75-year certificate for her membership in the Order of Eastern Star at Madrid, Iowa, serving as Worthy Matron in 1951. She was also the Charter President of Beauceant in Ames. She enjoyed traveling with her two sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edward in 1944 and her husband Ivan in 1976 and two sisters Louise Cooper and Helen Partello She is survived by a son Edward Bargfield and his wife Beverly of Galesburg, Ill.; a daughter Mary Raveling and her husband Rod of Cherokee; four grandchildren: Doug Bargfield and family; Molly (Bargfield) Purcell and family; Robert Raveling and his wife Roxanne and family of Sioux City; Becky (Raveling) Elemond and her husband Todd and family of Cherokee; six great-grandchildren; one niece Susan Dove and family.