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Iva Mary Keniston
April 20, 1914 - May 12, 2010

Iva Mary Keniston was born April 20, 1914 in Maynard, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Caroline (Bartle) Beckner.  Iva was baptized at the Maynard Church November 3, 1914.  Her family moved to Oelwein when she was four years old and attended school and church in Oelwein.  Iva was confirmed April 1, 1928.  On June 21, 1931 she was united in marriage to Kyle Keniston at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.   They had five children.  Iva loved to play cards and ride horse back.  She rode one hundred miles in a National Trail Ride, placing 7th.  She was secretary for Corn Belt Credit Union, for Ladies Aid and Eunice Circle.  She often worked in the church kitchen and dining room.  Iva loved her flowers, with gladiolas being her favorite, often taking bouquets to Sunday church.  She helped her husband at Flea Market and with the farm chores.  Her big ambition was to ride horse back on her 90th birthday, which she accomplished in Texas at her Grandson’s.  Her other ambitious accomplishments were seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, The Red Wood Forest, visiting Hawaii in Jan., 1976 and the Calgary Stampede in Canada.  She also enjoyed going to Texas the last ten years to grandchildren’s weddings and great-grandchildren’s baptisms.    Her daughters and husband were the “best”.   She loved her grandchildren and had them out to the farm a lot when they were young. 

She is survived by her three daughters, Joan (Chuck) Moulds of Fairbank, Kathryn (Walter) Schwartz of Westgate and Mary (Eldon) Marting of Amarillo, Texas, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kyle in 1989, a daughter Donna Jo in 1934 and a son Jimmy in 1940, her parents,  her siblings Harry Beckner, Bill Beckner and Loren Beckner, Florence Froning, Mable Gray and Etna Zenft and a grand-daughter Kim Schwartz.


SERVICES:  11:00 am on Friday, June 4, 2010 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein, with Rev. Leo Combs-Lay officiating.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein.  There will be no visitation.


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Kelle Martin on June 1, 2010 at 7:56 PM said:

You have touched my heart in a very dear and kind way. I loved listening to all your stories of the past, your gardening, your way of making mints meat pie, listening to you and Ron going rounds and rounds about who was cheating at Kings Corner and by the way I think you are still one game up in beating me. I will miss the twinkle in your eye every time Ron came walking through the door. Wiskers misses you very much also. But don't worry he is in good hands with me..I made my promise to you that I would always take care of him.....He is part of the family. My heart goes out to all the people and family members you have so dearly touched. You will be missed but your heart will go on forever in the ones that love you.
Sheryl Gosse, Adele & Clarence Williams on May 24, 2010 at 5:40 PM said:

Iva's girls & families: We are sorry for the loss of your mom. We always enjoyed our visits & Iva was always a cheerful lady, willing to do good things for others & help others whenever needed.You enjoyed so many good years as a family & hope you can continue to share those memories w/your own families. Treasure those times of togetherness. Your mom & dad are now together watching over you all. I always enjoyed going to their little acreage for apples & other garden produce in the summer. Your mom always had the most beautiful flowers in her garden or along side the house. I also remember your mom riding her horse in the local parades. Everyone has good memories of your folks as they were very kind people. Always be close, be there for each other, your kids & grandkids in years to come.
DIANNA DOPP BRANDENBURG on May 18, 2010 at 5:55 PM said:


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