Shirley M. Haines was born March 16, 1933, in Montezuma, Iowa, the daughter of Theodore and Iva (Carter) Haines. Shirley graduated from Brooklyn High School. She worked for several years for Northwestern Bell in Oskaloosa. Shirley was united in marriage to Max E. Howk on Aug. 18, 1960, at the Little Brown Church at Nashua. Max and Shirley lived in Ottumwa for many years. Max died in 1994. Shirley moved to Le Mars in 2002 to be closer to her son, Micheal. For the last 18 months, Shirley lived at Park Place Estates in Le Mars.
Shirley loved to give of her time and talents. She had volunteered as a reading helper with children at Wildwood Elementary School in Ottumwa and later at Franklin Elementary in Le Mars. Recently, she had been honored as a 1000-hour volunteer with the Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary in Le Mars. She also enjoyed volunteering at local nursing homes reading the Bible to residents.
Shirley was an accomplished knitter and embroiderer and also enjoyed cooking and singing. She was very meticulous and detail oriented in everything she did.
Her faith was very important to her, she loved the Lord. She enjoyed attending services at Cornerstone World Outreach.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Micheal and Linda Hutton of Le Mars; four grandchildren: Carlson Neff of Pleasant Hill, Casey Werner and his wife Tracey of Harrisburg, S.D., Jason Werner and his wife Jennifer of Lorain, Ohio, and Alexander Kehgan of the Quad Cities area; a brother, Clyde and Joan Haines of Homosassa, Fa.; two sisters-in-law, Jolene Jones of Grinnell and Vesta Howk of Ottumwa; cousins, Bill and Joan Jory of Rockford, Ill., and Irvin and Katinka Haines of Pisquah Forest, N.C.; other cousins, nieces, and nephews; and the staff and residents of Park Place Estates.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Iva (Carter) Haines; husband, Max in 1994; a grandson, Cason Hutton; a brother, Chet Jones; and a sister, Alma Sweger.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, with Pastor Larry Gordon officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Additional services will be 1 p.m. Thursday in the Reece Funeral Home at Ottumwa, with the Rev. Paul Sponheim of Northgate Alliance Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Schaul Cemetery. Visitations at Reece Funeral Home will be from noon until service time. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Expression of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.