June 28, 1916 – October 25, 2012
Ida Amelia Frandsen, 96, of Boone, Iowa, formerly of Story City, Iowa, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2012, at Westhaven Community of complications from osteoporosis. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m., Monday, October 29, 2012, at Grace United Methodist Church in Story City, Iowa. A visitation, also at the church, will be held one hour prior to the funeral. Burial of cremains will be at a later date, at Story Memorial Gardens in Ames, Iowa.
Ida Amelia Frandsen was born on a farm north of Pekin, Iowa, on June 28, 1916, to parents William Henry Curtis and Rose Ann (Baldus) Curtis. She was the older of their two daughters. Ida attended Prairie Home Country School near their home through the eighth grade and was a 1934 graduate of Martinsburg, Iowa, High School. Ida then worked as a housekeeper for several families in the Ames community.
Ida married Arnold Clarence Frandsen at her parents’ home on June 22, 1940. Arnold and Ida farmed in Story and Boone counties (Ames, Woodward, Ogden and Boxholm) for over 30 years before having a farm sale and moving to Nevada in 1971. Ida was employed at Iowa State University as a housekeeper with Kappa Delta sorority until her retirement in 1981. In 2000 Arnold and Ida moved to a condo in Story City. After Arnold’s death on February 1, 2003, she continued to live in their home until entering Westhaven Community (formerly Evangelical Free Church Home) in Boone in February 2011. Ida was quite proud of the fact that she was able to drive until the age of 90 and also to live independently until the age of 94 when she chose to move to Westhaven for needed care.
She was an active member of Grace Evangelical United Brethren Church (later Grace United Methodist Church) in Story City as long as her health permitted. In her younger and more active years she enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, canning, and yard work. She could often be seen driving the tractor helping Arnold with field work or playing with their rat terrier Bootie.
Ida is preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, her husband and one sister, Alta Miller, of Hedrick, Iowa. She is survived by one son, Max V. Frandsen of Ames, IA, and one daughter, Marilyn (Gary) McCollough of Kansas City, MO. Additional survivors include two granddaughters; Gay Lynn McCollough (Robert) Korff, of Norborne, MO, and Shari Ann McCollough (Chris) Albright, of Kansas City, MO, five great-grandchildren; Mitchel, Logan, and Jenna Korff, and Quinton and Mackenzie Albright, eleven nieces and nephews, many cousins, and countless faithful friends.
The family offers special appreciation to the entire staff of Westhaven Community in Boone, to Homeward Hospice in Ames, and to Ida’s guardian angel, Shari Dixon, of Boone.
Gifts may be directed to Grace United Methodist Church, 624 Elm Ave, Story City, IA 50248, or Westhaven Community, 112 S. 4th St., Boone, IA 50036 or Homeward Hospice 400 S. Dakota, Ames, IA 50010.Information provided by: Memorial Services of Iowa 4208 North Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, IA 50023 515.964.0592 www.memorialservicesofiowa.com