Iola Stannard, 100, of Oelwein and formerly of Fayette, died Friday, January 29, 2016, at her home.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the United Methodist Church in Fayette with Rev. Mee Kang officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette and for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made in her name to the United Methodist Church in Fayette, Lima Cemetery Association or the Lima Ladies Aid.
Ida Iola, daughter of Henry and Matilda (Bunting) Feller, was born September 19, 1915, at Illyria Township in Fayette County. She was baptized at the Illyria Church. She received her education in the rural Illyria Township Schools and graduated from West Union High School in 1933. She graduated with a teaching degree from Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She taught for a few years at the rural schools in Illyria Township. She was a nanny in Highland Park, Illinois for a couple of years before moving back and teaching at a school in Albion, Iowa. On June 1, 1939, she was united in marriage with Earl Stannard at her parent’s home with Rev. Worten officiating. The couple made their home in the Fayette area. Iola was a long time member of the United Methodist Church in Fayette. She was very active in the United Methodist Women, Lima Ladies Aid, Lima Cemetery Association, and the Volga Valley Club. Iola enjoyed bird watching, gardening, sewing, having people over to the home to cook for, but most especially time spent with family.
Iola is survived by her two children, Dennis (Jeanne) Stannard of Wadena, and Janice Dietz Veaver of Oelwein; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one brother, Clifford Feller of Waterloo; and one sister-in-law, Blanche Feller of Elkader.
In addition to her parents and husband, Earl who died in 1993, Iola was preceded in death by her siblings, Gladys Feller, Harry Feller, Bill Feller, Ethel Manelly, Lois Smith and an infant sister.