Mardale Paxton Afton

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 9:49 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 9:52 a.m. CDT

Mardale Paxton, 85, of Afton died Nov. 30, 2013, at Afton Care Center.

Services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the United Methodist Church in Afton. The Rev. Joel Sutton and the Rev. Jim Morris officiated. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery near Afton. Powers Funeral Home, 612 N. Dodge St., Afton, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

Mardale (Figgins) Paxton, daughter of Maude Mae (Wilkie) and William Arthur Figgins, was born Aug. 1, 1928, in Union County.

Mardale graduated from Afton High School and went on to study at Creston Community College.

On May 15, 1948, Mardale married Richard Paxton in Osceola.

Mardale lived most of her life in the Afton area.

Early on, she worked as a teacher, at United Grocery Store in Afton and then for Purolator in Creston. Later on, she worked for Bunn-O-Matic in Creston. After retiring, she began working for Rusk Food and Fuel in Afton.

Richard died Dec. 23, 1992.

Mardale had been a member of the Methodist Church and Rebekah Lodge.

Mardale is survived by her son Rick (wife Becky) Paxton of Afton, daughter Cheryl (husband Gene) Wilkins of Osceola; grandchildren, Jason Wilkins (significant other Maggie) and Callista Hildebrand, both of Osceola, Danny (wife Sarah) Paxton of Greenfield and Rhianna Paxton of Afton; nine great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Betty Wilson of Denver, Colo.

Mardale was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, parents-in-law, half brother William Figgins, four sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.

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