Iva (Baker) Boothby

Monday, February 20, 2012

Iva (Baker) Boothby, age 93, of Marathon, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at the St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City. Burial was in the Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City was in charge of the arrangements.

Iva Lucille Meyer, the daughter of Albert and Ada (Zimmerman) Meyer was born three miles west of Marathon on the family farm on Oct. 27, 1918. She had six brothers and two sisters. Iva was baptized on Sept. 26, 1926 at the Marathon United Methodist Church where she has been a lifelong member (75 years). She received her education at the Marathon Consolidated School.

In April of 1943, Iva was united in marriage to Paul Baker in San Diego, Calif. Together, they were blessed with four children: Sharon, Pauline, Roberta, and Robert. Following Paul's honorable discharge, they made their home in Marathon. Iva worked for the Philly Cream Station for 13 years, Superior Factory for 7 years and for Mefford Industries in Laurens for 16 years, retiring in 1981. Paul died in 1974. Iva married Robert Boothby of Laurens in 1981 and they enjoyed years of working on wood crafts and traveling extensively. Bob died in 1997.

Throughout the years, Iva has been a helping friend to many and known as "Doctor Mom." She enjoyed researching family ancestry and genealogy and had collected decades of trivia about the Meyer's, Baker's, and Boothby families. Iva also enjoyed doing embroidery work and quilting projects which have become beautiful treasures she has passed on to her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Pauline (Chuck) Walker of Spencer; Robert (Vicki) Baker of Spencer; son-in-law, Don (Karol) Siepker of Albert City; twelve grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; four step-children; many nieces, nephews; cousins; other extended family and many friends.

Iva was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands: Paul and Robert; two daughters, Sharon Meyer and Roberta Siepker; six brothers; two sisters; two great grandchildren; one stepson and many, many friends. Iva has truly left years of loving memories in all of our hearts.

Memorials may be given in Iva's memory to the Marathon United Methodist Church or the Marathon Volunteer Fire Department.