Ivey (Dale) DeFrance, 68, of Marshalltown, died Saturday morning, December 24, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 28, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home, Marshalltown. She will be laid to rest in the Turner Cemetery near Garwin. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home
Born Ivey Mary Louise Pruitt on Feb. 10, 1943, at Glasgow, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Ivan and Florence (Belk) Pruitt. She received her education in the area of her birth.
Ivey (Dale) DeFrance
One day, she met this handsome young military man who was stationed at Bowling Green by the name of Dale DeFrance. The two were united in marriage by her father, the Rev. Ivan Pruitt, on Jan. 16, 1958. Dale always said he "kidnapped her", but they were rewarded with nearly 54 years of marriage together. Ivey treasured her family and was so proud of her son's and grandchildren's racing (#99D) and granddaughter's nursing career. She enjoyed going to the casino, watching "Dancing with the Stars" "Dirt Knights" "American Idol" (those who knew her didn't call during those shows!) and going with her dear friends on Thursday night for their girl's night out. She was a member of the local T.O.P.S. (serving as past-president) and had been employed at the Pennysaver and Times-Republican many years.
Left to cherish her memory are Dale, her loving husband of 53 years, daughter Judy (Rick) Gustin, Marshalltown, son Darrel (Tanya) DeFrance. Marshalltown, grandchildren: Jimmy (Monica) Gustin, Richie (Holly) Gustin, Brittany DeFrance, Ryan Gustin, Jenae Gustin, Laura Mathern, Sarah Mathern, Willie Mathern, great-granddaughter Hanna Gustin, brother Earl Pruitt of Versailles, Kentucky and family members found and bound by love- Mike and Shelly O'Lear.
Those who have gone on and greeted her again in heaven are her parents, daughter Linda Louise who died in infancy, and her siblings: Shirley, Alma, Margaret and Dwight.