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Archive - Aug 29, 2011

Date

Alton Johnson

Alton C. “AC” Johnson, 92, lifetime resident of the Iowa City area, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at Mercy Iowa City. A gathering of family and friends was held Aug. 23 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Alton’s memory.
Online condolences may be sent for his family through the Web at www.gayandciha.com.

Jessie Hargrove

Jessie Hargrove, 67, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital following a brief illness. Services were held Aug. 27 at Gospel Tabernacle Church, Cedar Rapids, by Pastor Mary Beets and Pastor Tim Pridegon. Burial was at Linwood Cemetery.
Jessie was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Local survivors include a son, Anthony Hargrove and wife Jodie of North Liberty.

Mary Beckwith Foster

Mary Beckwith Foster, 72, of North Liberty and formerly of Spencer, passed away at her home on Aug. 19, 2011.
Graveside services were held Friday, Aug. 26, at 1:30 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Visitations were held between 12:30-1:15, August 26 at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.
In late September, the family will host a celebration of Mary’s life at Jefferson Point Senior Housing in North Liberty. Details and online condolences can be obtained from Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City at www.lensingfuneral.com.

Elsie Carter

Elsie “Darlene” Carter, 82, of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. A funeral service celebrating her life was held Aug. 29, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.
Local survivors include her brother, Edward (Barb) Vosmek of Ely.
She was preceded in death by her parents and first husband, Howard Scott.

Walkin'

Pere Marquette State Park, Ill., Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011:

Food For Thought

Did you ever play that game of inventing stories or backgrounds for strangers? You know, you see someone sitting alone in a restaurant and you imagine who they are, what they’re planning to do as soon as they finish this meal, why they are alone, what’s in that big tote bag on the floor at their feet. I used to try to guess where my fellow bus passengers were going and why. Were they going to somewhere and someone, or running away from something? Did that girl with her hands jammed deep into her pockets lose her gloves or did she give them to some homeless person?