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Wilma J. Geddes, 92, formerly of Melbourne

Wilma J Geddes, formerly of Melbourne, IA, passed away on the morning of Friday, October 7, 2022 at Southridge Specialty Care in Marshalltown. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 14, 2022 at Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Anderson Funeral Homes. Interment will take place immediately after the funeral at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Marshalltown. Any memorials may be directed to Care Initiatives Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to

Wilma was born March 6, 1930 to Carroll and Eva (Pool) Andrews at home in Marshall County, Iowa. She was the second oldest of six children, three brothers and two sisters. She grew up in Ferguson and graduated from Ferguson High School in 1947. She met Russell Geddes at a Rural Youth dance and they were married on June 12, 1949 at the Binford House in Marshalltown.  They resided with his parents until 1950 and moved to a farm southeast of Marshalltown. In 1952 they rented a farm north of Melbourne and raised their four daughters there. In 1968 they purchased a farm one mile east of their rented farm, where they resided from 1975 until 2015. Wilma farmed alongside her husband for 50 years. Throughout her life she was active in the Rural Youth Organization, New Horizons United Methodist Church in Melbourne, United Methodist Women and Marshall County Pork Producers. She enjoyed square dancing, listening to music, gardening, flowers, and she had a special love of hummingbirds, cardinals, and pansies. She crocheted afghans for all the grandchildren and in her later years she made crocheted potholders for numerous people. Because of her love for baking, many people were the recipients of her delicious honey wheat bread. She had a gift for visiting and caring for friends and relatives who were ill.

Left to cherish her memory are daughters Kathleen Davis (Duane) of Clemons, IA, Jolene Kubli (Gene) of Melbourne, IA, Marcia Fricke (Daryl) of Melbourne, IA, Janella Dawson (Craig) of Gales Ferry, CT as well as 9 grandchildren: Mike Davis, Diane Hobart, Nathan Kubli, Bryce Kubli, Laura Buckroyd, Christine Chapman, Tyler Fricke, Jason Dawson & Zachary Dawson; 18 great grandchildren, and 8 great, great grandchildren.  She is also survived by sisters Carolyn Salasek and Virginia Long, brother-in-law William Long, sisters-in-law Margaret Andrews and Marlene Kunch all of Marshalltown, IA. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, her parents, brothers Ralph Andrews, Dwayne Andrews, Clarence Andrews, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the Southridge Nursing Home for the care of their mother and the help of Care Initiatives Hospice.

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