Martha W. Grier, 96

Martha W. Grier, 96 of Marshalltown, IA passed away on Sunday January 27, 2013 at the Rolling Green Village in Nevada, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Marshalltown. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Main Street Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown, IA. Memorials may be directed to St. Mary Catholic Church. Online condolences may be sent to

Martha was born July 9, 1916 in Fairfax, IA, the daughter of William and Frances Womochil. She was raised on a farm, attended elementary and high school in Fairfax and Cedar Rapids respectively. She received an Associates Degree from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. Martha was employed at Iowa Electric Light and Power in Cedar Rapids prior to marriage. She married Charles L. Grier, April 16, 1940 at Ludmill’s Church in Cedar Rapids. They lived in Mount Vernon, IA and then moved to Marshalltown, IA in 1941 where she has resided since. Martha was employed at Willard’s Furs, Par Loan and the Iowa Veterans Home where she retired from in 1982. Martha was a member of St. Mary Church, the altar and Rosary Society, a charter member of the Madonna Study Club, the Elks Ladies Auxiliary, and the Junior Chamber of commerce auxiliary where she served as president. Martha had a great love of music and enjoyed playing the piano throughout her life. Martha’s many enjoyments included the friendship of her bridge groups, gardening, crossword puzzles, writing letters and visiting with her family and many close friends. She was also active in volunteering and received an award for 25 years of special services for St. Mary Church as well the Volunteer Service Award from the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs.

Martha is survived by a son Ron (Maureen) Grier of Ames and a daughter Carmen (Terry Gess) Grier of Bakersville, NC and daughter-in-law Mary Lou Grier (Jim) Behling of Urbandale, IA and four grandchildren, Mark (Kristen) Grier, Bedford, MA, Sarah (Brent) Moellenberg, San Francisco, CA, Laura (Nick) Meyer, Elm Grove, WI., Mindy Speas, Mesa, AZ and two step grandchildren Jennifer Spease, Stillwater, MN and Megan Speas Minneapolis, MN: four great grandchildren, and also nieces and nephews. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 1955 and her son, Bernie, in 1974, and two sisters Agnes Edgar and Valeria Voss and two brothers Ernest and Albin Womochil. Martha was greatly loved; her family and friends will miss her immensely.