Vyra Masters, 1914-2014

Published 10:12 am Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vyra M. Masters, 99, of Canton died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea.

Vyra Masters

Vyra Masters

Vyra Mae Dawley was born at the family home a few miles southwest of Burr Oak, Iowa, on Dec. 14, 1914, to Charles and Cordelia (Crane) Dawley, the 11th of 12 children. She attended the Lost Nation and Coldwater Schools and was a member of the Burr Oak Clever Clover 4-H Club. After graduating from eighth-grade, she worked at home and cared for nephews and nieces when needed.

On Jan. 14, 1939, she was united in marriage to Victor Masters at Methodist Church in Decorah, Iowa. They farmed near Canton, retiring in 1967 and moving into Canton. Vyra worked at Green Lea Manor in Mabel for 19 years, and then as a home health care aid for five years. She travelled throughout the United States on tours, played cards, did crossword puzzles, quilted, and read the Bible daily.

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When she was young, she attended Advent Christian Church in Burr Oak, and was a 61-year member of Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church.

Vyra is survived by son, Darrell (Bette) Masters of Canton; daughters Darlene Casterton of Albert Lea and Marian Masters (Darrel Zweifel) of Bullhead City, Ariz.; grandchildren Alan (Amy) Casterton, Angela (Craig) Padgett, Gary (Melissa Maloney) Masters, Terry (Michelle) Masters, Kelly (Cristi Schulte) Masters and Jana (Brock Elton) Masters; great-grandchildren Loren (Britt) Lynch, Natassja Elliott, Brockton (Cara) Casterton, Colton (Megan) Casterton, Tanner Casterton, Davis Casterton, Brian (Jill) Draayer, Dakota and Phoenix Shephard, Cara, Hannah, Justin, and Brian Masters, Collin and Cole Tweten, and Abby, Blake and Hayden Hansen; sisters-in-law Ellen Dawley and Betty Dawley; and many nephews and nieces.

Vyra was preceded in death by her husband, Victor in 1979; grandson, David Casterton; son-in-law, RaymondDraayer; parents, Charles and Cordelia Dawley; brothers Edwin (Leona) Dawley, Thomas Dawley, Clarence (Esther) Dawley, Harry (June & Agnes) Dawley, John (Edna) Dawley, Jesse (Cecelia) Dawley, Roscoe Dawley and Clifford Dawley; sisters Mabel (Lewis) Brandt, Grace (Justin Brown and Kenneth) Morgan and Lottie (Ecil) Good; father-in-law and mother-in-law Guy and Edna (Morrison) Masters; brothers-in-law Lyle (Sena) Masters and Howard (Norma) Masters; and sisters-in-law Nellie Masters, Vera (Clarence) Hovey and Ethel (Henry) Mastellar.

Funeral  services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church in Canton with  the Rev. LeRoy Haynes officiating. Burial will be in Burr Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel.