E. Aline Erwin, 91, West Liberty
Obituaries · August 23, 2013

E. Aline Erwin, 91, of West Liberty passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona, Iowa.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at the West Liberty United Methodist Church. Visitation was Friday from at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. Burial was in the North Prairie Cemetery in West Liberty. Online condolences may be made to the family at In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice.

Edna Aline Erwin was born April 23, 1922, in Coal Run, Ky. One of 10 children, she was the daughter of Benjamin Morton and Emma (Syck) Priest. She attended country school and Pikeville (Ky.) High School, graduating in 1941. Shortly after graduation, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area of California. She trained and worked in the payroll offices on Mare Island during World War II. Aline met Lewis R. Erwin, who also worked in the Mare Island Shipyards. They married on April 14, 1943, in Reno, Nev. All three of their children were born in Oakland, Calif.. In 1957, she and Louie moved back to his hometown of West Liberty, Iowa. They farmed north of West Liberty for 52 years.

Aline was an active member of the West Liberty United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She served as a 4-H leader to the Waspsie Cedar Pals. She was a lifelong member and held office in several organizations: Fortnightly Literary Club, Hartupee Social Club and the Rest-A-While Club, among others.

She was avid at sewing, gardening, and reading. Aline loved all kinds of music but it was the music of her youth bluegrass that she enjoyed the most. The greatest joy in her life was taking care of her family and living on the farm.

She is survived by her daughter, Pam Erwin of Mahwah, N.J.; sons Ronald Erwin of Iowa City and Stan (Sue) Erwin of Burlington, Iowa; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sylvia Darling of Vallejo, Calif., and Stella Gillotte of Farmington, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 64 years, Lewis, (2007); four sisters and three brothers.

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