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Aletha M. Collett

Mar 13, 2013

Aletha M. Collett, 91, Mt. Pleasant and formerly of rural Fairfield, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Pleasant Manor Care Center in Mt. Pleasant.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at the Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant. The Rev. Jeffrey A. McPheron of the Trenton United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield. Friends may call after 9 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. The family will be present to receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Pleasant Manor Care Center or the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Online condolences may be directed to

She was born July 29, 1921, in Rose Hill. She was the daughter of Harrison Hiatt and Ethel Gay (Burgess) Allen. She moved to Ottumwa as a young child and attended school there. On July 31, 1939, she married Floyd Thomas Collett. He preceded her in death. She attended nurses training at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ottumwa. For 15 years, she worked as a Certified Nurses’ Aide at the Park View Nursing Home in Fairfield.

She was a member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church of Mt. Pleasant. She was active as a volunteer at the former Mt. Pleasant Senior Center and Congregate Meal Site. She would volunteer her time substituting for the Meal Site director. She served on the SE Iowa Area Agency on Aging. She participated in the activities of the local Democratic Party. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, bingo and reading novel series.

She is survived by two sons, Harold (Diane) Collett of Mt. Pleasant and H. Duane (Konnie) Collett of St. Charles, Mo.; two daughters, Ann Sourwine of Mt. Pleasant and Jean Marie Whaley (Gary) of Effingham, Ill.; a brother, Jim (Leann) Harrison of Independence; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Wayne and Robert Harrison; a sister in infancy, Mary Frances Allen; and a grandson.

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