Carmilla Marbaugh

Jan. 10, 1915 — March 12, 2018


Kossuth County native Carmilla Mae Fraser Marbaugh passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018, in her Georgia home at age 103. She was born on a farm south of Algona.

When once asked the secret of her longevity, she replied, “Good genes, good family, good food, pills and luck.” Carm was respected by all as a loving, compassionate, sunny person.

Growing up on a farm outside Burt, she attended the Burt Township one-room schoolhouse, graduated from Algona High School in 1932 and earned a two-year degree in 1940 from the University of Northern Iowa. She was a teacher for 29 years in Iowa and Ohio, including Burt, Portland, and Union schools in Kossuth and schools in Blairsburg and Clarion.

She lived in Willshire, Ohio, for 40 years and moved to Georgia in 1985. Hobbies included painting, sewing and writing, including a book of poetry and a memoir, By All the Means You Can. That title comes from words by John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can.”

Surviving is daughter Lyn (Don) Powell; son, Wade Marbaugh; granddaughters, Anna and Olivia Simonton.

Preceding her in death were husband Roland Marbaugh; son-in-law Don Powell; parents Don and Marie Fraser; brothers, Lyle (Alice) Fraser and Carrol (Mary Carol) Fraser; sisters, Maxine (Ralph) Bristow and Dorine (Ellra) Pettis; and nephews, Donald, Dale and Dennis Fraser.


Kossuth County Advance

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Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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