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Patricia Lea McDanel, 81, of Ottumwa, died at 4:40 p.m. October 23, 2017 at Vista Woods Care Center.
She was born January 5, 1936 in Iowa City to Charles Burton and Lottie Stites Spurgeon. She married Wendell C. McDanel on July 9, 1966 and he preceded her in death on November 3, 2015.
A graduate of Burlington High School, she worked in physical therapy for 12 years at St. Joseph Hospital and then for 12 years at Ottumwa Regional Health Center, retiring in 1998.
Pat was a lifetime member of Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, a member of O.B. Nelson Unit #3 American Legion Auxiliary and a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #114 Auxiliary.
Surviving are her children, Brian (Echo) McDanel of Eddyville, Janet McDanel of Pella, Debra (Jim) Clark of Galena, IL, Michael (Cindy) Shull of Oskaloosa, Jeff (Lisa) Shull of Eldon and Benjamin (Nada) Shull of Mt. Pleasant; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Ralph, Max, Clinton and Jack Spurgeon; four sisters, Pauline Spurgeon, Lorraine McKnight, Maxine Moulton and Mary Woll.
Her body has been cremated. No services are planned.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Published on October 24, 2017
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