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Kathryn Mae Surber, 85, of Ottumwa, died at 10:03 a.m. December 7, 2017 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
She was born December 20, 1931 in Ottumwa to Harry Henry and Viola Goldie Young Chambers. She married Walter Surber on August 25, 1951 and he preceded her in death on May 16, 2008.
Kathryn was a strong woman, mother, and farm wife who fed everyone.
Surviving are 9 of her 11 children, Debra Kay Surber, Walter William Surber Jr., Jane Ann Surber, Carol Ann (Jeffrey) Martin, Mary Kay Surber, Rose Ellen (Scott) Petterson, Manual Lee Surber, Connie Jo Surber, Kenneth Lee Surber all of Ottumwa; 5 grandchildren, Amy Lynn, Andrew, Sara, Heather and Jason; 5 great-grandchildren, Trevor, Gracie, Faith, Mahayla and Emily; two great-great- grandchildren, Kinsleigh and Jaxon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, George Allen Surber and David Lee Surber; 4 sisters, Thelma Hunt, Velma Surber, Marian Hopkins and Carol Elliott.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Published on December 8, 2017
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