Annette Emery, 89, of Decorah, Iowa

Annette Lorraine (Trimbell) Emery, 89, of Decorah, Iowa, died on Thursday, May 23, 2019, in her home. 

She was born on July 5, 1929, at home in Fillmore County, the daughter of Emerson and Lilly (Vatland) Trimbell.

She graduated from Mabel High School with the class of 1946.

She was united in marriage to Arland G. Emery on July 31, 1947, at the Greenfield Lutheran Church parsonage in Harmony. They had nine children: Julie, Trudy, Marsha, Steven, Arletta, Debbie, Becky, Sandra and John.

She was a very busy wife and mother. When the couple farmed, she helped to milk the cows. She canned what her husband raised in the garden.

She was a long time member of and very active in Burr Oak Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid. She raised nine children and few others by babysitting.

She loved to embroider, do other crafts, word search, look up family history and write. She even spoke a little Norwegian. She always had a lot of company at her house, from family, friends and neighbors. She and her husband loved picnics with his children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Julie (Jerry) Reckward of Castalia, Iowa, Trudy (Scott) Barnes of Calmar, Iowa, Marsha (Tom) Whalen of Preston, Steven (Laurie) Emery of Highlandville, Iowa, Arletta (Wayne) Tweten of Cresco, Iowa, Debbie (Larry) Cook, Becky (Edward) Lyon and Sandra Mitchell (Greg O'Brien), all of Decorah, and John (Carol) Emery of Babbitt, Minn.; 35 grandchildren; 83 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Polly Brunke of Madison, Wis., Lorna (Truman) Reynolds of Moberly, Mo., and Linda (Joe) McCabe of Caledonia; one brother-in-law, Jessie (Phyllis) of Mabel and two sisters-in-law, Nell Ewing of Waterloo, Iowa and Beverly Berg of Davenport, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arland on July 27, 2013; four sisters, Eileen Anderson, Emogene Tollefson, Eleanor Nelson and Mary Usher and her brother, Paul Thompson.

Funeral services her were held Wednesday, May 29, at Burr Oak Lutheran Church in Burr Oak, Iowa with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial followed in Burr Oak Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Burr Oak Lutheran Church, 2358 360th Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or Mabel Ambulance Service, City of Mabel, P.O. Box 425, Mabel, MN 55954.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. 

Online condolences may be made at www.fjelstul.com.