Obituary for Vera L. Cutler
Vera L. Cutler, of Marshalltown, IA formerly of New Providence, IA, passed away early on February 5, 2011, at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 10, 2011, at the Honey Creek - New Providence Church in New Providence. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at the Honey Creek - New Providence Church. Interment will be at Honey Creek Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.vogelfuneralhomes.com Memorials may be directed to the Honey Creek Church Preservation Group or Iowa River Hospice.
Vera was born on April 29, 1916, to Jahu and Fannie Hadley on a farm near Indianola, IA. Vera originally attended a one room rural school in Warren County, IA then ultimately graduated from Indianola High School in 1933.
After high school, Vera moved to a Hardin County farm in 1934 and worked for neighbors and Helen Burling as a housekeeper until marrying Ted Cutler on May 8, 1938. Vera and Ted farmed and raised their children in the New Providence and Union communities. Vera was an early member of 4-H in the 1930's and as an adult served as a leader in the Union area for several years. She helped initiate the hot lunch program for students at New Providence and Union Schools in the mid and late 1940s.
She was a member of the Honey Creek and later Honey Creek-New Providence Friends Church where she served as a Sunday School Superintendent, Bible School teacher, Ministry and Council member, and elder. She spent many hours helping organize the church library. She was active in United Society for Friends Women, reading all of the reading course books every year for over 50 years.
Vera was very active with her husband Ted as a member of the Honey Creek Preservation Group. She, and others in the group, accomplished acquiring recognition for the Honey Creek Meeting House for inclusion in the Iowa State and National Register of Historic Places. She also maintained historic records for the Preservation Group for several years.Vera enjoyed nature and spent much of her time improving her surroundings by planting trees, shrubs and landscaping plants.
Vera is survived by her son; Jay (Karen) Cutler of Charles City, IA, daughter; Linda (Ted) Widmer of Mount Pleasant, IA, daughter-in-law; Becke Arnold of Oskaloosa, IA seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and a brother Edwin (Hazel) Hadley of Indianola . She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted, son, Steven Cutler, brother Lester Hadley, and sister, Thelma Perisho.