Ethel Mildred Downs Hoskey (affectionately known as "Tootie") of Chelsea, Iowa, was born Aug. 9, 1923, in a farm home north of Montour, Iowa. She was the daughter of Ernie and Elsie (Dumbauld) Downs of Montour. She passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the age of 88, at the Marshalltown Medical Center in Marshalltown. She grew up in Montour, attended rural and Montour elementary schools, and graduated from Montour High School in 1940.
Ethel married Norman Hoskey, her husband of 70-plus years, in Edina, Mo., on Nov. 15, 1941. She was employed as the telephone operator in Montour before her marriage, and worked in the meat department of Avery's Grocery Store while Norman was in the Army and while he served as the depot agent for Chicago & Northwestern Railroad in Montour, until they moved to a farm east of Tama in 1953. In 1956, they moved to a farm south of Montour; then to another farm in 1962 near State Center. They purchased a farm between Chelsea and Belle Plaine in 1967 and continued to farm there with their oldest son and family to the present.
Ethel especially enjoyed her family, and due to the proximity of many family members, enjoyed helping "raise" grandkids and great-grandkids. She also enjoyed farming and traveling, especially on their motorcycle and in their little fifth-wheel camper. Normal and Ethel were revered and loved as sponsors of the Methodist Youth Fellowship and enjoyed welcoming many Montour kids to their farm and home. Ethel served many years in several capacities with the United Methodist Women and was secretary/treasurer of the Montour Alumni Association for over 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Mable Harrah, and a brother Francis. She is survived by a brother, Clifford of Montour, and her husband, Norman of Chelsea, and their family.
Their family consists of two sons, six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, ten step-great-grandchildren, and one step-great-great-grandson.
Their two sons are LeRoy (Karon) of Chelsea and Marvin (Karen) of Maryville, MO. LeRoy and Karon have three children: Mark (Kenne) of Chelsea, Tammy (Scott) Kolash of Belle Plaine, and Ron (Lynelle) of Chelsea. Each couple has two children: Mark and Kenne are the parents of Keaten and Kamryn; Tammy and Scott are the parents of Joseph and John; Ron and Lynelle are the parents of Erica and Jessica.
Marvin and Sue Paxton Hoskey had three children: Michael (Annette) of Maryville, MO, Carla of Des Moines, and Monte (Kellie) of Maryville, MO. Mick has three step-children and one step-grandson: Amber (Jake) Neaderhiser and son, Drexell of Parnell, MO; Adam (KaTrina) Kunkel of Kennewick, WA, and Jaclyn of Maryville. Monte and Kellie are the parents of Megan and Alexis.
Marvin's second wife (Karen) has three children and seven grandchildren: Ryan Wake of Burnsville, MN; Laura Ketcherside and four children, Heaven, River, Roman and Zion of Cape Girardeau, MO; and Shawn (Sandi) Wake and Rachel, Owen and Evan of Maryville, MO.
She was cremated and a Celebration of Life Open House will be held Monday, April 23, from 3- 9 p.m. at the Montour Community Center, Montour. All family members and friends are invited to attend. Cards are also welcome at the home at 3145 350th Street, Chelsea, IA 52215.