Martha Irene Flattery (1930-2020)

Martha Irene Flattery, age 90, of Knoxville, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 at Comfort House in Pella.

Martha was born on Aug. 13, 1930 in rural Monroe County, the daughter of Robert and Helen (Popson) Crall. She graduated from Albia High School and then attended Teacher’s College in Oskaloosa. Martha worked as a cook at the Catholic School and later at the Senior Citizen Center.

Martha met her future husband, Louis Flattery, at a dance in Georgetown. They were united in marriage on Feb. 7, 1953. They were blessed with eight children, Mike, David, Pat, Jerry, John, Paul, Russell and Marilyn. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage before Louis passed away on Feb. 8, 2019.

Martha loved card club, gardening, flowers and cooking. She also enjoyed music and singing, teaching catechism and was very involved with church activities. She especially liked helping with the Thanksgiving dinner at church.

Visitation for Martha was held on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. A private family service was held on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020.

Those left to cherish Martha’s memory include her sons, Mike (Donna Jean) Flattery, Pat (Denise) Flattery, Jerry (Donna Joy) Flattery, John (Dawn) Flattery, Paul (Lisa) Flattery, and Russell Flattery; daughter, Marilyn (Doug) Spaur; daughter-in-law, Janet Flattery; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; also siblings, Barb Kurimski of Lovilia, Mary Jo Beary (Lowell) of Overland Park, Kan., Tom Crall (Kathleen) of Urbandale, Bernard Crall (Marion) of Urbandale, Ed Crall (Sally) of Lovilia, Lorraine Heles (Pete) of Richardson, Texas, Denny Crall (Cheryl) of Orient, Greg Crall of Ankeny, and Steve Crall (Jeanne) of Melrose.

Martha is preceded in death by her husband, Louis Flattery; son, David Flattery; parents, Robert and Helen Crall; sister, Phyllis and brother, Robert.

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