Monita Orrelle Hayes Ebersole, 97, of Maquoketa, Iowa, arrived at her Heavenly Home on Wednesday morning, November 13, 2019, while sleeping in her home on the farm.
A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, November 22, 2019, at the Delmar United Methodist Church in Delmar, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.
Monita Orrelle Hayes was born on March 27, 1922 in Palo, Iowa, to Rutherford "Burm" and Minnie "Shuggie" (Rabe) Hayes. She was a graduate of Palo High School and then received her 4-year degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids with graduate college courses being taken at Marycrest College.
Monita was a Home Economics and Biology teacher first in Charlotte where she also Coached Girls Basketball and Softball and was the Assistant High School Principal. She then taught at Delmar (and later Delwood) where she met the love of her life, Melvin LeRoy "Pete" Ebersole, when she was the scorekeeper for the Delmar High School Alumni basketball game in which he was playing. They were married on June 3, 1948 at Trinity Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. To this union two daughters were born, Connie and Carolyn. Melvin died on July 3, 1976 after 28 years of marriage, and Monita quickly became a farm manager as well.
Monita was an active and devoted member of the Delmar United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She had a special relationship with God, her family and friends. She shared and lived her faith in God. She passionately worked in the Methodist Church as an MYF leader, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, Shepherdess in UMW for Dubuque District, and Lay Leader. Additionally, she was a member of the Iowa State Education Association, New Century Club, and was a charter member of the Maquoketa Peace Pipe Players.
Monita was an excellent cook and people were always happy to receive her cinnamon rolls, caramel and pecan rolls, pies, jams, jellies and pickles. She loved teaching school and was frequently visited by former students. She also painted fine Bavarian China, crocheted afghans, made beautiful quilts, was a 4-H leader, led classes making Christmas decorations, and Holiday baking. She will be remembered for the lifelong gifts she leaves for all: faith in God, love, kindness, honesty, integrity, compassion, and a fun, joyful spirit.
Those left to honor her memory include her daughters, Connie (Joel) Zamastil of Wyoming, IA, and Carolyn (Larry) Munson of Cedar Rapids, IA; a grandson Jason (Allison) Zamastil; 1 great-grandson on the way in January; special son Dan Heister; special daughter Stacey Heister; dear and special friends, Bethene and Antane Nelson; and nieces, nephews and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Curtis Hayes, and sisters Janice Dauenbaugh and Lois Rasmus.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Delmar United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
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Carolyn: My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. Donna Durey Kunde
What a life devoted to education, like your own, Carolyn. We wish we could keep these salt-of-the-earth farm girls around forever. Bless 'em!
Aunt Monita modeled strength, faith and integrity. I have so many wonderful memories of being at the farm. Of course, she would have the most delicious meals and sometimes I got to sit at the grown-up table with the beautiful china. I will never forget having her shortcake biscuits with fresh strawberries and Uncle Pete scooping the cream off the top of the fresh milk he had brought in the house. Ambrosia! My heart melts thinking about her love of my Mom and always being such a good, big sister. I have been on retreat at a monastery in New Mexico and there was a celebration of All Soul's Day - we prayed for Aunt Monita on her voyage Home. With love, Denise
Connie and Carolyn,
My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Your mother was a special woman; she will forever be in your memory and in the memories of all the people she touched over the years.
Warm regards, Janet (Crist) Hise
My sympathy to you girls. Your mom certainly had a long full life.
We used to try and pull things over on her in school snd she always caught us.
Had a few words for us that always followed with a shake of the head and a smile. Peace, Mrs Ebersole
I was so sorry to hear about Monita. We had made many trips together as UMW district officers. She showed her faith to everyone. The family has my deepest sympathies.
Connie and Carolyn,
My deepest sympathy to you and all family. Always a smile on your mother’s face. Hugs and prayers
With sincere sympathy
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