Marcelline J. Messer

March 2, 1922 ~ November 7, 2016 (age 94)


Marcelline J. White Messer, 94, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, November 07, 2016 at Park Place Elder Living in Mt. Pleasant.
The funeral service for Marcelline will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 11 at the First Baptist Church, 100 E. Webster Street, Mt. Pleasant. The Reverend Regan D. Stoops will officiate. Burial will be in the Grant Cemetery, rural Rome, IA. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 8:00 PM on Thursday at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 1 PM - 2 PM on Friday at the church.
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Mrs. Messer, the former Marcelline Joy Dixon, was born March 2, 1922 in Kirksville, MO. She was the daughter of Gurn and Macil (Schmitz) Dixon. She moved with her family as a young girl to Omaha, NE. At 14 years of age, following the death of her father during the Great Depression, she made her home with family members Vera & Arthur Peterson near Mt. Pleasant. Marcelline attended rural country school. She met with her soon-to-be husband, but moved back to live in Omaha briefly before returning to Mt. Pleasant. On Jun 10, 1941 at the Peterson's farm, rural Mt. Pleasant, Marcelline was united in marriage to Richard LeRoy White. Mr. White died August 9, 1968 in Mt. Pleasant. On February 14, 1970 in Nashville, TN, Marcelline was united in marriage to Robert Messer. Mr. Messer died August 17, 1989 in Mt. Pleasant.
Marcelline assisted her first husband on the family farm, tending to all the chores of the traditional farmer's wife. During the 1960's, Marcelline 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, Marcelline was a cook at the Mt. Pleasant Community High School. She often prepared meals there and then traveled to one of the elementary school sites to serve. She retired from the school in the early 1990's.
During her time on the farm, Marcelline was a member of the Rome Baptist Church and the women of the church. She also belonged to and loved hosting her neighbors at coffees. After moving into town in 1991, Marcelline was member of the First Baptist Church, the American Baptist Women and circles of the church. Again, Marcelline loved to coffee with her friends on Green Street. In her spare time, Marcelline was very gifted in her hobbies of sewing, cooking, canning, baking and decorating. She also loved feeding and watching the birds outside her windows.
Those thankful for sharing in Marcelline's life include her 5 children - Larry White, Dean White and his wife Petra and Rick White and his wife Janis all of Rome, IA; Gayle Cornick and her husband David of Mt. Pleasant and Anita Tisor and her husband Jeff of Washington, IA; 2 step children - Jerry Messer of Nichols, IA and Janet Baity of West Burlington, IA; 1 sister - Geraldine Watson of Santa Ana, CA; 16 grandchildren - Chad (Liz) White, Roquel (Josh) Yeager, Chris (Scott) martin, Randy (Gloria Fear) White, Mike White, Daniel (Christina) White, Nathan (Lacey) Cornick, Grant (Amanda Miller) Cornick, Wade (Lindsay) Cornick, Carrie (Darin) Ensminger, Nick Amrine, Brett Baity, Abbey Tisor, Karl Tisor, Bobby Messer and Heather (Dixon) Bixby; numerous great and great-great grandchildren.
Her parents, both husbands, 3 brothers - Bob, Don & Darrell Dixon and 2 grandchildren - Tracey White and Levi Amrine precede Marcelline in death.


NOV 10. 12:00 AM - 9:00 PM (CST)

Kimzey Funeral Home
213 North Main Street
Mount Pleasant, IA, 52641

Family Present to Greet Friends

NOV 11. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)

First Baptist Church
100 East Webster St.
Mount Pleasant, IA, 52641


NOV 11. 2:00 PM (CST)

First Baptist Church
100 East Webster St.
Mount Pleasant, IA, 52641

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