GRAETTINGER - Memorial services for Armella Cornelius, 91, of Estherville and formerly of Graettinger, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at United Methodist Church in Graettinger with Pastor Rick Johnson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Friday, April 4 at United Methodist Church in Graettinger. Interment will be at Armstrong Grove Cemetery in Armstrong.
She died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.
Armella Doris (Payne) Cornelius, the daughter of James and Carrie (Petersen) Cornelius, was born May 8, 1922, in Armstrong.
She attended rural Emmet County schools.
On Nov. 10, 1940. Armella was united in marriage to Cecil Lloyd Cornelius in Fenton. After their marriage the couple made their home in Fenton. During World War II Cecil served in the US Navy and Armella lived in Portsmouth, Va., during this time period. After Cecil's discharge from the service they moved back to Iowa and made their home in Graettinger for a number of years. She was employed at Shaver Manufacturing for 18 years as bookkeeper. She also worked for the Graettinger School District in the cafeteria. In 1995, they moved to Florence, Ariz., where they made their home. While living in Florence, Armella volunteered her time at a local hospital. Following Cecil's death, Armella made her home in Estherville. In her leisure time she enjoyed cooking, canning, doing craft work and sewing. Her greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her family. Lloyd died July 1, 2000.
She was a member of United Methodist Church in Graettinger, Graettinger American Legion Auxiliary and also the VFW Auxiliary in Estherville.
Left to cherish Armella's memory are her son, Leonard Cornelius, and his wife, Susan, of Washington, Utah; and granddaughter, Heather Cornelius.
Preceding Armella in death were her husband; son, Larry; her parents; step-father, Carl Odin; sisters, Alice Powers and Beverly Andrews and brothers, Virgil and Raymond. Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com