Arliss Willyard
August 7, 1933 - October 9, 2019

We mourn the loss of Arliss Willyard, who died on October 9, 2019 at age 86 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the Oelwein Care Center in Oelwein, Iowa.  A funeral service will be held on Monday October 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.  The Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home is caring for arrangements.  For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.

Arliss Fern (Aldrich) Willyard was born in August 7, 1933 in Longview Township near Carrington, ND, to Claude and Anna (Vollmers) Aldrich. Despite humble beginnings, Arliss’ fierce determination enabled her to fulfill her dreams and become a beloved wife, mother, parishioner and business woman. She married the love of her life, Howard (Jerry) Willyard, in 1952 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington. They made their homes in Carrington, ND, Rushford, MN, Waverly, IA, New Hampton, IA, Waukon, IA and Oelwein, IA, as they followed Jerry’s career in LP gas. Arliss worked for several years at the US Dept. of Agriculture, 18 years in banking and 11 years as the owner of her own bookkeeping and secretarial business.

Arliss was an avid reader, golfer and state qualifying bowler, participating in bowling league until she was 84 years old.  She loved needlecrafts, particularly quilting, making countless beautiful quilt tops for raffles and church programs.  Arliss enjoyed cooking and baking and made her home warm and welcoming.  No one will make a cherry pie or kalishkes quite as well again.

Arliss is survived by her husband Jerry, daughter Sandra (Ronnie) Graf of Oelwein, son Montel (Lori) Willyard of West Des Moines, granddaughter Jennifer (Ron) Worrell of Reinbeck, grandson Shane Galligan of Ankeny, great grandchildren Samantha (Jason) Grill of Waterloo, Jamie Worrell of Marshalltown, Henry and Claudia Galligan of Ankeny, great-great grandson Orion Grill of Waterloo and sister Marilyn (George) Laughlin of Oregon.

Because Arliss enjoyed walking on the Oelwein recreational trails, in lieu of flowers we think she would be pleased if donations are made in her name to Friends of the Trail in care of the City of Oelwein, 20 2nd Avenue SW, Oelwein, IA 50662.

 

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Nancy (Aldrich) Lambert on October 29, 2019 at 8:09 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. I will never forget how kind she was to my Mom after the loss of my Dad, how she always kept in touch. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Dennis March on October 21, 2019 at 5:51 PM said:

So sorry to hear of Arliss passing. She was such a good friend of my mother, Margareta, and the two of them had a lot good times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dennis March on October 21, 2019 at 5:51 PM said:

So sorry to hear of Arliss passing. She was such a good friend of my mother, Margareta, and the two of them had a lot good times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pam Willyard Kutz on October 15, 2019 at 8:44 PM said:

Jerry, I am deeply saddened to learn of Aunt Arliss passing. She was a genuine fine woman I always looked up to. There was nothing she couldn’t do. May God embrace you with warm memories during you time of sorrow.
Staci Willyard Miller on October 15, 2019 at 6:46 PM said:

Jerry, Sandy and Monte - Thinking of you in your time of sorrow, and extending heartfelt sympathy. Prayer and hugs to you all - Staci and Terry Miller, Hettinger, ND
Pat & Kathy McMillan family/Dave & Barb Hanson on October 14, 2019 at 10:09 AM said:

We want to send our condolences on the passing of Arliss. She was a wonderful lady whom we got to enjoy both socially and while she worked with our mom. It was also great to see her and Jerry come out to see the Waukon Girls Golf team when competing in Oelwein. We are sure she may be continuing to add to her frog collection in heaven!
Nancy Kennedy on October 13, 2019 at 4:18 PM said:

I am so sorry to hear this. Arliss has been my friend since we both lived in Waukon. You have my deepest sympathy.
BUD AND MARGE STRIKE on October 12, 2019 at 10:41 AM said:

WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. ARLISS WAS A FANTASTIC LADY AND FRIEND. OUR SYMPATHY AND LOVE TO EVERYONE
Charis Combs-Lay on October 11, 2019 at 9:59 AM said:

Saddened by your loss.
Charis Combs-Lay on October 11, 2019 at 9:59 AM said:

Saddened by your loss.
Anonymous on October 11, 2019 at 7:37 AM said:

You have our deepest sympathy.
Diana Helgerson
Craig and Rhonda on October 11, 2019 at 7:17 AM said:

Jerry, Sandy, Monty and Lori, what a wonderful journey Arliss has taken to the Wife, Mother, Grandmother Hall of Fame in heaven!! So sorry for your loss.
Bill Peterson and Chris on October 11, 2019 at 6:15 AM said:

Monty, so sorry for your loss.
Nancy & Lyle Miller on October 11, 2019 at 5:04 AM said:

Sincere condolences-Arliss was one of the sweetest people you'd meet. May she rest in peace & the Lord be with her.
Dave and Anna Jordal on October 10, 2019 at 8:46 PM said:

Monty and Lori — Moms are special. Treasure your times with Arliss. Anna, Taylor, Graham, Cali, Harry, and I are thinking of you.
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