Ella Backer, age 97, of Clarksville, Iowa, was born the daughter of Fred and Mary (Nordman) Benning on September 13, 1915, on the family farm northeast of Clarksville. She received her education from the Prairie Valley School in rural Clarksville. Ella worked for various families as a hired girl following her education.
Ella was united in marriage with Harold Backer on January 21, 1940, at the First United Church of Christ - Pleasant Valley in rural Clarksville. The couple made their home and farmed northeast of Clarksville after marriage. Ella was a loving wife and mother, along with taking care of the household and her family; she helped Harold with the farm chores. Ella and Harold retired from the farm in 1980, and moved into town in Clarksville. Ella became a member of the Clarksville Nursing Home Auxiliary Board, as a member, she helped mend the resident’s clothing.
Ella was a lifelong member of the First United Church of Christ -Pleasant Valley, where she was baptized as an infant and later confirmed. She also took part in women’s fellowship at the church. Ella was fond of flower gardening especially growing roses. She was an excellent baker; strawberry pies, homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee cakes were just some of her wonderful creations. Ella enjoyed passing time sewing, quilting and crocheting.
Ella died Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at the Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarksville, from natural causes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Backer, parents, one grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Jeff (Debby) Backer, one great-granddaughter, Nichole Backer, one great-grandson, Nickolas Scribner, one brother, Paul Benning, and one sister, Arlene Ringleb.
Ella is survived by her four children, Larry (Juanita) Backer, Charles (Becki) Backer, Fredrick (Tammy) Backer and Angie (Rick) Scribner, all of Clarksville, Iowa; 13 grandchildren, Chris (Lori) Backer, Wendy (Tim) LaBarge, William (Jill) Backer, Todd (Sheila) Backer, Corey (Jamie) Backer, Jennifer (Tim) Chesnut, Chad (Janet) Backer, Tim (Briana) Backer, Brandi, Brittni and Brooke Kraft, Brian Scribner, and Eric (Robin) Scribner; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and two sisters, Lelah Anhalt, Waverly, Iowa, and Delores Smith, Clarksville, Iowa.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at First United Church of Christ - Pleasant Valley, rural Clarksville, with burial in Lynwood Cemetery, Clarksville.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville, (319)278-4245, and one hour before services at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice.