April 14, 2005

(8/27/1914 4/9/2005)

Gertrude Erickson, 90, of Bloomfield, IA, died April 9, 2005, at the Good Samaritan Center in Ottumwa, IA.

She was born August 27, 1914 in Gorin, MO, to Ben and Callie Trotter Hicks.

She married Marion A. Erickson, December 22, 1934, in Kirksville, MO. He preceded her in death May 24, 1996.

She had been a rural schoolteacher in Missouri and from 1945 until her retirement she was a partner with her husband in the Erickson Oil Company in Pulaski, IA. She was a member of the Pulaski United Methodist Church and was a 50-year member of Friendship Chapter #46 of the Order of Eastern Star in Bloomfield, IA.

She is survived by three daughters, Joan Morningstar of Lisbon, IA, Sharon Leslie of Charlottesville, VA and Nancy Bethards of Colleyville, TX; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law Ed Bachman of Agency, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Joyce Bachman; a brother, Clark Hicks; and a sister, Helen Tippett.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 14, 2005, at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield, IA, with Pastor Kevin Gingerich officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield, IA.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2005 with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Memorials have been established to the Davis County Dollars for Scholars and Hospice, Inc.

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