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Delsie Leone (Harding) Erritt dies at 93

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Delsie Leone (Harding) Erritt, age 93 of New Hampton, formerly of Gowrie, passed away on Monday, August 29, 2016 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation.Conway-Markham Funeral Home of New Hampton is assisting Palmer & Swank Funeral Home in Gowrie, with Delsie’s funeral arrangements.  Online condolences for Delsie’s family may be left at or  Memorials may be directed to the family.Delsie was born on Dec. 4, 1922, on a farm south of Gowrie, Iowa to Nina (Ewing) and Ernest Harding.  She later moved with her parents to a farm near Slifer, spending her elementary school years at the Slifer Country School and then graduating from Somers Consolidated High School in 1940.  Delsie was united in marriage to N. A. “Spive” Erritton March 10, 1941 at Fort Dodge.  Following her marriage, Delsie and Spive farmed the Erritt Century Farm for 51 years.  Fourteen years after Spive’s death, she moved to Gowrie, living there until August 2012 when she moved to New Hampton to be close to her daughter.Delsie loved music.  She played the drums and trumpet in high school and sang in the choirs.  She shared her talents at many community activities, church, weddings, and funeral services.  She sang in the Fort Dodge Messiah Chorus.  Delsie shared her love of music with her children and grandchildren.Over the years, Delsie helped support her family with many jobs.  She was a nurse’s aide at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge, a waitress at Johnny’s Truck Stop, the head cook at the Cedar Valley Somers Schools and she loved restoring and refinishing antique furniture with her husband, sharing her knowledge with 4H clubs. She was a member of Slifer Church of the Brethren, a president of the Ladies Aid, provided special vocal music for the services, and presided over many Sunday school openings.  She was a member of Eastern Star and Daughters of the American Revolution. Preceding Delsie in death were her parents; husband; sister, Lois Irene Malloy and an infant brother, Lee Arlen Harding.  Those left to cherish her wonderful memories are her daughters, Charlotte Ann (Robert) Atwater of Leavenworth, KS, Nancy Jane (Clifton) Nielsen of New Hampton, and Susan Beth (Stanley) Hoover of Plattsburg, MO; along with six grandchildren, Brent Atwater, Renee (Tom) Hotovec, Steven Hoover (Barry), Michael Nielsen, Stacey (Alex) Johnson, and David (Laura) Nielsen; six great-grandchildren, Joseph, Jacob, Avery, Alivia, Connor and Jordyn; and nieces and nephews.

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