Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at Summit Evangelical Free Church in Alta. Burial was held Monday, Jan. 2, at Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Neb. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Ila Ruth Mahr, the daughter of Harry and Ruth (Parker) Mahr, was born in Giltner, Neb. on Feb. 24, 1927. She received her early childhood education in Hamilton and Dawson counties in Nebraska. When Ila was a teenager, she moved with her family to Aurora, Ill. where she graduated from East High School in 1944. Ila continued her higher education at Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn. where she received her Bachelor's Degree in English.
Following her college graduation, Ila worked as a secretary for five years at Bryan College. She then moved to Dekalb County, Ga. which is a suburb of Atlanta, where she was a teacher for five years. Ila then attended Emery University in Atlanta and achieved her Master's Degree in Reading. She returned to the classroom for five years and then pursued her Doctorate Degree in Psychology. Upon completion of her doctoral program, she was a school psychologist in DeKalb County. Ila retired to Snellville, Ga. in 1988 after completing her career in education. During her retirement years, Ila availed herself of the opportunity to do various types of volunteer work at schools, in the church, and for the Wycliffe Bible Translators. In 2001, Ila moved to Alta to continue her retirement and be closer to her family.
Ila was a devoted member of the Summit Evangelical Free Church in Alta where she participated in Womens' Bible Studies, small group Bible Studies, prayer teams, and actively supported the youth of the church. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed hiking, observing birds and wildflowers, and doing needlework. Ila was a world traveler having made two trips to England, two trips to the Peoples Republic of China, along with trips to Scotland and Brazil. All of those who knew Ila, were impacted by her humble, deep and abiding faith and her desire to grow daily in her walk with the Lord. She had a special place in her heart for those that served as missionaries and she was a prayer warrior for many who were on the mission field.
Those who will always remember and cherish Ila's life are her brother, Steve (Gloria) Mahr of Homer Glen, Ill.; sister: Arlene (Gary) France of Oxford, Neb.; 29 nieces and nephews; along with many great nieces and nephews; great great nieces and nephews; other extended family and many beloved friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Donald Allen, Clair Pershing, Weldon Emerson, Jerry Alden, and Aaron Roger; two sisters: Hazel May "Katie" Maxwell and Rosalee Spahr.
Ila attributed the longevity of her life to the grace that the Lord extended to her. Her desire was to have His name to be lifted high.