Metta Laursen

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Metta Kirstine Laursen, the daughter of Niels Peder Frederick and Karen Andersen, was born December 10, 1901 on her parents' farm in Oakfield Township, Audubon County, and died December 5, at the Salem Lutheran Nursing Home in Elk Horn, at the age of 99 years, 11 month, and 25 days.

Metta was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church west of Exira. She attended rural school in Oakfield Township, then took dress making lessons from Mrs. Conrady in Exira. Metta worked as a hired girl for several families. In November of 1919 she attended "Winter School" at Grand View College in Des Moines, until March of 1920. She then was employed by a family in Des Moines for a short time.

On June 5, 1922, she was united in marriage to John Philip Laursen at St. John's Lutheran Church. They started farming on John's home farm in Pymosa Township, Cass County. They lived on and operated the farm which was recognized as a Century Farm in 1987. They retired from farming in 1961. Metta continued gardening, Metta and John enjoyed traveling and made two trips to Denmark in the 1960's. John died January 10, 1988. Metta continued to live on the farm until she moved to the Audubon Friendship Village in November of 1991, where she lived until she moved to the Salem Lutheran Nursing Home on May 15. Metta was a member of the Brayton Lutheran Church and the Women of the ELCA. She was a charter member of the N.H. Club in Pymose Township and a charter member of the Keenagers at the Brayton Lutheran Church. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 73 years and the V.F.W. Auxiliary. In 1994 Metta received a distinguished Alumni award from Grand View College. She was a supporter of the Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn. Metta was an avid reader and letter writer.

Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were her parents; her brother, Hans C. Andersen; her sister, Lydia M. Holland; and an infant sister.

Survivors include her children Marvin P. and his wife, Ardyth Laursen of Muscatine; Verner E. and his wife, Barbara Laursen of Appleton, WI; Vera K. Johnson of Eagle Grove; Esther M. and her husband Lowell Haahr of Newell; Paul D. and his wife, Carol Laursen of Crawfordsville, IN.; 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held December 19 at the Brayton Lutheran Church in Brayton. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery west of Brayton.