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Marcelline J. White Messer

Nov 09, 2016

Marcelline J. White Messer, 94, of Mt. Pleasant, died on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at Park Place Elder Living, in Mt. Pleasant.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 11, at the First Baptist Church, 100 E. Webster St., in Mt. Pleasant. Rev. Regan D. Stoops will officiate. Burial will be in the Grant Cemetery, in rural Rome. Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m., on Thursday, at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., in Mt. Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., on Friday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family for charities to be named at a later date. Online condolences may be directed to

Messer was born on March 2, 1922, in Kirksville, Mo., the daughter of Gurn and Macil (Schmitz) Dixon. At 14 years of age, following the death of her father, she made her home with family members Vera and Arthur Peterson, near Mt. Pleasant. She attended rural country school. On June 10, 1941, at the Peterson’s farm, in rural Mt. Pleasant, she was united in marriage to Richard LeRoy White. He preceded her in death. On Feb. 14, 1970, in Nashville, Tenn., she was united in marriage to Robert Messer.

She assisted her first husband on the family farm. During the 1960s, she became a housekeeper at the Iris Motel, in Mt. Pleasant. She then became a nurse’s aide at the Henry County Hospital, in Mt. Pleasant. For several years following, she was a cook at the Mt. Pleasant Community High School. She retired from the school in the early 1990’s.

She was a member of the Rome Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church.

She enjoyed having coffee with her friends, sewing, cooking, canning, baking, decorating, and feeding and watching the birds outside her windows.

Messer is survived by her five children, Larry White, Dean (Petra) White; and Rick (Janis) White, all of Rome; Gayle (David) Cornick, of Mt. Pleasant; and Anita (Jeff) Tisor, of Washington; two step-children, Jerry Messer, of Nichols; and Janet Baity, of West Burlington; one sister, Geraldine Watson, of Santa Ana, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; three brothers, Bob, Don and Darrell Dixon; and two grandchildren.

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