CEDAR FALLS — Martha Elizabeth Nation, 104, of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Nation Cottage of the Western Home Communities of natural causes.
She was born Sept. 29, 1913, in Hudson, daughter of Lloyd J. and Elizabeth Bedford Loonan. She married Harold S. Nation on June 10, 1938, in Hudson. He preceded her in death Aug. 25, 1983.
She graduated from Hudson High School in 1931. She then graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in education in 1936. Following high school, she taught one year at Eagle No. 3. After graduating from UNI, she taught country school in Mount Auburn where she became principal until she got married. She went back to teaching in 1959 in Hudson, teaching the sixth grade until she retired in 1975.
Martha was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls. She was previously a member at Trinity United Methodist, until its closing. She was a member of Western Home Friends, the Western Home Board of Directors, UMW Joy Club and former secretary of the Cedar Falls Women’s Club.
Survived by: a son, David (Rebecca) of Hanover, Md.; a daughter, Cathlene (Clyde) Williams of Falls Church, Va.; two grandchildren, Laura (Jason) DePasquale and Justin (Tammy) Nation; four great-grandchildren, Olivia DePasquale, Sophia DePasquale, Alianna Nation and Cadence Nation; and a brother, Lloyd Loonan of Hudson.
Preceded in death by: two children in infancy, JoAnn and Robert; two brothers, James and Dan Loonan; and two sisters, Ruth Thompson and Jean Grinnell.
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the First United Methodist Church, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Locke Funeral Home.
Memorials: may be directed to First United Methodist Church, Cedar Falls, or the Western Home Foundation.
Martha cherished the memories of traveling with her family. She was an avid reader and was proud she was able to stay connected to her family with her computer and web cam.