Freda M. DeLarm, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, March 19, 2020, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A private family graveside service and burial celebrating her life will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello, Iowa. A private family visitation will be held at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Please feel free to call or stop at the funeral home with notes of condolence or leave words of comfort on the funeral home website at www.CarsonAndSon.com. (Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster which includes mass gatherings: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster)
Freda Mable Covington was born on Aug. 28, 1931, in rural Central City, Iowa, to Julian Lester and Bessie (Moyer) Covington. She attended country school in Langworthy and then Monticello High School. She married Gerald “Jerry” DeLarm on March 25, 1951, in Monticello, Iowa.
Freda had first worked at a dime store in Monticello and then for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids and later Anamosa. She also farmed with her husband in Langworthy and lastly Monmouth until July of 2018 when they moved to Maquoketa.
Freda was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Monmouth, a former member of the Homemakers Club, a member of the Community Club, two card clubs, a 30-year member of the Lasso Campers Club, and she helped with Sunday School. She was a very easy going and loving person. She loved her family, bowling, dancing, roller skating, flowers and gardening, birds, animals, camping and fishing. She always enjoyed socializing and they camped for over 30 years traveling all over the United States with friends and family.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Gerald “Jerry” DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA; children, Gary (Pam) DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA, Dale (and the late Marjorie) DeLarm of Delmar, IA, and Kathleen (John) Martin of Bernard, IA; a step-son, Brad (Janet) Petersen of N. Liberty, IA; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Eldon (and special friend Sylvia) Covington of Anamosa, IA; a sister Belva Covington of Monticello, IA; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Gary DeLarm, Dale DeLarm, Jared DeLarm, Matt DeLarm, Mark DeLarm, and Dan Martin
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Galen and Lawrence, sisters Wilma, Hilda and Margaret, and a great-grandson Tyler.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County or the Faith United Methodist Church in Monmouth.
The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.