Aug. 16, 1930-June 25, 2014
MARSHALL – Services for Iona A. Steen, 84, of Marshall, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace Life Church. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service today at Hamilton Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Marshall Cemetery.
Iona passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at her residence.
Iona Avis was born on Aug. 16, 1930, in Enderlin, N.D., to Ingvald and Alma (Shelver) Moe. She attended Liberty and Moore Township schools through eighth grade, graduated from Enderlin High School and went on to graduate from Concordia College, Moorhead, with a BA in sociology.
On June 29, 1952, Iona was united in marriage to Norman Udell Steen at West St. Olaf Lutheran Church, rural Enderlin. She taught junior and senior high school at Belgrade. Through the course of her life in Marshall she worked for the following: teacher’s aide for Marshall School District, REM, Patricia Duffy House, Marshall Independent and as a translator for Head Start. A turning point in her life was the four years she and Norman spent as missionaries in Bolivia, South America. Her life was marked by her love and service for her Lord. She served Christ wherever doors opened for her, whether in her local church, serving with Faith Mountain Ministry or around the globe with short term mission trips: Russia, Cuba, Haiti, Israel, Mexico. In 2010 she received the Volunteer of the Month Award from the Avera Hospital Thrift Shop. Her enjoyments included her family, music, playing piano, quilting and cats.
Survivors include her children; Naomi (and Mike) Muscha of Enderlin, N.D., the Rev. Nathan (and Kathy) Steen of Rugby, N.D., Miriam (and Richard) Ludeke of Archer, Iowa, Mark (and Linda) Steen of Marshall, Matthew (and Laurel) Steen of Marshall and Mary (and Darin) Veldhuisen of Marshall; 22 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; also many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman in 2008; an infant brother; a great-granddaughter, Lauren Ashley Luna; and great-grandson, Malachi Northup.
Blessed be the memory of Iona A. Steen
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