1921-2012

Marvel Ann (Brown) Beyer, 91, of Iowa City died at her home on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.

Private family services will be held Tuesday in Iowa City, with a public graveside service scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein, with the Rev. Thomas Braac officiating.  

A memorial fund has been established in her memory.  Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Marvel Ann Brown was born Aug.3, 1921, in Westside, Iowa, a daughter of Thomas E. and Mabel H. (Lamp) Brown.  

She graduated at the age 16 from Westside High School in 1937.  Prior to marriage Marvel worked in Westside and Storm Lake, Iowa.  

On March 29, 1948, she married Virgil G. Beyer at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Carroll. The couple moved to Cresco where Marvel worked in the Howard County Extension Office and later in the local dress shop.

She also volunteered teaching English as a second language to area refugees while living in Denison.  The couple and their family have lived in  Clear Lake, Mason City, Denison, Storm Lake, Carroll, Lidderdale and Cresco, before moving to Oelwein in their retirement. She lived in Oelwein for nearly 20 years. In 1999 she moved to Iowa City to be closer to other family.  

Her interests included reading, gardening, politics and above all else, her family, which includes her seven children, David Beyer (Janelle) of Snohomish, Wash., Jane Aldrich (Mike) of Oelwein, Mary Alterman (Marty) of Burnsville, Minn., Debra Pelinski (Stephen) of Newark, Del., Tim Beyer of Rochester, Minn., Amy Beyer (Mark Dramstad) of Iowa City and Nancy Beyer (Chuck Henderson) of Iowa City; 12 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Ardith Sporledor of Carroll.

Marvel was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil on May 13, 1989; two brothers and two sisters.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service of Iowa City is caring for Marvel’s family and her services.