Ila M. McMullen

BATTLE CREEK - Visitation for Ila McMullen, 92, of Battle Creek, formerly of Ida Grove, will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 8, 2021, at Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove.

A prayer service will be at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Kevin J. Freese officiating. Private family burial services will be in Morgan Township Cemetery at Schleswig.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks and social distancing are encouraged. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Ila went to be with her Lord and Savior March 23, 2021, at Willow Dale Wellness Village in Battle Creek.

Ila Martha (Jurgensen) McMullen was born June 26, 1928, to Herbert and Rose (Wellendorf) Jurgensen in Morgan Township in Crawford County. She began country school in Morgan Township.

The family then moved to Ida County in 1934, and Ila finished country school through eighth grade in Hayes Township. She graduated valedictorian from Schleswig High School in 1946.

She received her teaching certificate, from Buena Vista College, to teach in rural schools. Ila taught two years at Hayes 6 Country School, south of Arthur.

Ila married Robert McMullen of Manilla June 6, 1948, at Friedens Evangelical Church in Schleswig. They moved to a farm near Manilla and later to the Arthur area, where they purchased and operated McMullen’s Market.

Ila and Robert were blessed with six children: Rick, Marcia, John, Claudia, Lori and Renea. In 1975, Robert died, and Ila continued to raise the children and run the grocery store.

She was active in the Order of Eastern Star and First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt. McMullen’s Market was closed in 1984.

Ila then started a new career path, taking care of the elderly (both in their homes and later at Morningside Care Center) for many years. She spent a short time after retirement working as a hostess for the Arthur Café.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, Lawrence Welk music and spending time with her large family and friends. She will always be known for her ability to grow beautiful flowers, which brought her and those around her much joy.

She is survived by a son, Rick (Tina) McMullen of Redding, Calif.; a daughter, Marcia Miller of Grenada, Calif.; a son, John (Sherry) McMullen of Denison; a daughter, Claudia McMullen of Des Moines; a daughter, Lori (Mike) Iversen of Ida Grove; and a daughter, Renea (Rick) Nelson of Eagle Grove.

Ila leaves behind 12 grandchildren: Trevor McMullen of Redding, Calif.; Brad Miller of Layton, Utah; Jodi Mottashed of Placerville, Calif.; Jean Wood of Montague, Calif.; Susan Miller of  Redding, Calif.; Callie Nemitz and Abbie Nielsen of Denison; Ashley Hill, Max Sawyer, Jacinda Sawyer and Zoie Goldstone of Des Moines; and Andy Iversen of McCook Lake, S.D.

She was also blessed with 24 great-grandchildren.

Ila was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert McMullen; her parents, Herbert and Rose Jurgensen; her in-laws, Claude and Alice McMullen; a son-in-law, Leo Miller; a granddaughter, Robbie McMullen; and two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Griffin Nielsen.

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