Vyra Masters, 99, of Canton
Friday, April 18, 2014 8:19 AM
Vyra M. Masters, 99, of Canton, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea.
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. She was 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 the Methodist Church in Decorah. They farmed near Canton, retiring in 1967 and moving into Canton. She worked at Green Lea Manor in Mabel for 19 years, and then as a home healthcare aide for five years.
She travelled throughout the United States on tours, played cards, did crossword puzzles, quilted and read the Bible daily.
When she was young, she attended the Advent Christian Church in Burr Oak, and was a 61-year member of Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by a son, Darrell (Bette) Masters of Canton; two 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, Abby, Blake and Hayden Hansen; sisters-in-law, Ellen Dawley and Betty Dawley; and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor in 1979; grandson, David Casterton; son-in-law, Raymond Draayer; brothers, Edwin (Leona) Dawley, Thomas Dawley, Clarence (Esther) Dawley, Harry (June and 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; brothers-in-law, Lyle (Sena) Masters and Howard (Norma) Masters; sisters-in-law, Nellie Masters, Vera (Clarence) Hovey and Ethel (Henry) Mastellar.
Funeral services were held last Saturday at the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church in Canton with the Rev. LeRoy Haynes officiating. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel.