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Eva Irene Hougland, 79, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 6, 2017 at the Hospice House in Ottumwa. She was born December 17, 1937 in Bloomfield to Fernando and Dorothy Van Horn Tharp. She married Robert Hougland on January 16, 1954 in Bloomfield. He passed away on May 31, 2011.

Irene worked as a CNA at the Davis County Hospital for 21 years. In her free time, she enjoyed being around her family and playing poker with her friends. Her favorite variation of poker was Peek-a-Boo Poker.

She is survived by three sons, Robert (Kris) Hougland Jr., Raymond (Linda) Hougland both of Bloomfield, Rick (Debbie) Hougland of Auburn, Georgia; three daughters, Cheri (Steve) Spurgeon of Moulton, Iowa, Becky (Bill) Lunsford of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Sheila (Phil) McClure of Floris, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Janet (Dick) Meyers of Iberia, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two grandchildren, Jerry Hougland, Jackie Spurgeon; four brothers, Donald, Richard, Charles, and Jerry Tharp; and three sisters, Helen Ritz, Mary Pickens and infant Hazel Marie Tharp.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Jack Knox officiating. Burial will be at the South Bloomfield Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties. Online condolences may be directed to www.waglerfuneralhome.com.
Published on  May 8, 2017
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