Cloris Sophie Mehmen, 78, of Plainfield, Iowa, passed during the summer of 2016. She went missing on July 5, 2016, and her body was found on October 19, 2016, near her home in rural Plainfield.
Cloris was born on January 8, 1938, in Butler County, the daughter of Rosie Carolyn (Ellerman) and Elmer W. Graeser. She was baptized and confirmed at Plainfield United Methodist Church, and attended school in Plainfield. On January 22, 1956, Cloris was united in marriage to Art Mehmen at St. John's Lutheran Church in Nashua. Cloris enjoyed being a homemaker and caring for her family. After raising her children, she babysat for several neighbors, and provided housecleaning services for others. She also liked working for Casey's in Waverly, making donuts.
Cloris was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Waverly. She and Art enjoyed square dancing, fishing, and traveling together. The couple traveled to many states over the years, and also went to Guatemala. Cloris also really liked to bowl, and enjoyed many different animals. Her pets included cats, swans, wild turkey, chickens and llamas. But most of all, Cloris enjoyed being a wife, mother and grandmother.
Cloris is survived by her husband, Art, of over 60 years; her son, Ron of Plainfield, Iowa; her daughter, Susan Bellinger of Hampton, Iowa; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Randy Mehmen; and a brother, Lavern Graeser.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 30, 2016, at Peace United Church of Christ in Waverly, with Pastor Jon Hennings officiating. Burial of cremains will be at a later date in Sunnyside Memorial Gardens, Charles City. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation, and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187
Art and his family want to send out a heartfelt thank you to all organizations and individuals that have provided an overwhelming amount of support in many different ways, during this extremely difficult time.