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Obituary for Elna Mae De Jong

Elna Mae De Jong, 80, of Baxter, passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, December 16, 2016 at Skiff Medical Center in Newton, Iowa. A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Fredregill Family Funeral Home in Baxter from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m with the family present from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Baxter Congregational United Church of Christ on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Melissa Sternhagen officiating. A private family burial will follow at the Restland Cemetery in Baxter, Iowa.

Elna Mae was born on February 3, 1936 in Newton to Joe and Una (Miller) Damman. She attended Baxter High School, was their first Homecoming Queen in 1952, and graduated in 1953. On September 19, 1954 Elna Mae married the love of her life Dwight De Jong, of this union two sons were born. The couple resided in Baxter where Elna Mae worked alongside Dwight at their family business, Baxter Oil, in Baxter. She was a member of the Baxter Congregational United Church of Christ in Baxter. Elna Mae loved her boys and enjoyed spending time with their families. She also enjoyed baking, cooking, gardening, flowers, butterflies, and her various dogs throughout the years.

Those left to cherish her loving memories are her two sons, Bryan (Karen) De Jong of Baxter, Alan (Lisa) De Jong of Battle Ground, WA, four grandchildren; Taylor (Simon) Long, Zoey (Anthony) Arrienda, Gabriel De Jong, and Dylan De Jong; great-granddaughter Joanna Long; sister Joan Pfantz; sister-in-laws Macy Jane (Warren) Jontz of Newton, and Minerva Jane (Doug) Finch of Lincoln, CA; many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Baxter Rescue Unit.

Fredregill Family Funeral Home, in Baxter, has been entrusted with the care of Elna Mae and her family.

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11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Fredregill Funeral & Cremation Care - Baxter

107 East Fox Avenue
Baxter, Iowa 50028





10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Congregational United Church of Christ

218 Sout Main Street
Baxter, IA 50028





11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Restland Cemetery

Baxter, Iowa 50028


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