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Martha Louise Jobst

March 14, 1930 August 16, 2021
Martha Louise Jobst
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Martha Louise Jobst, 91, of Earlham passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, August 16, 2021 at her home. Visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, August 20th at the Johnson Family Funeral Home in Earlham. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 21st at Zion Lutheran Church in Dexter. Burial will be at the Dexter Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Martha Jobst Nursing Memorial Scholarship. Online condolences may be left at

Martha was born on March 14, 1930 at Washington County Hospital in Washington, Iowa. Her parents were Glenn and Fern (Palmer) Davis. They lived on their farm seven miles west of Washington, Iowa. Martha and three other neighborhood children rode their ponies spring and fall to a one room country school through eighth grade. She graduated from Washington High School in 1947. She attended one semester of Washington Junior College, as she was too young to enter nurses training. In March 1948 she entered the last spring class at Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines, Iowa, graduating as an RN in 1951.

Martha’s roommate in nursing school was Erlene Stearns. While in nursing school, she met Erlene’s cousin, Marvin Jobst, from Dexter, Iowa. They were married March 18th, 1951 at the Methodist Church in Washington, Iowa. They moved to his parents’ farm near Dexter, Iowa. They spent their entire married life of 45 years farming in the Dexter Community. They were active in their church and Sunday school, community, and their children’s activities. Martha worked as an RN at Winterset County Hospital, Dexter Clinic, Stuart Nursing Home, and Iowa Methodist Hospital before becoming the school nurse at Earlham Community School for 30 years. She retired in 1995.

Martha was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. She held various offices in Lutheran Ladies Aid, Zion Lutheran Fellowship Club, Luther Layman’s League, and helped with vacation Bible school. She belonged to the Dexter Legion Auxiliary, and Iowa Methodist School of Nursing Alumni. Due to Marvin’s illness, they moved to Earlham in 1995. Marvin passed away in December 1996. In the succeeding years, Martha did volunteer work at Iowa Methodist Hospital and delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels program in Dexter.

Martha’s priorities in life were God, family, and friends. She enjoyed family trips to Alaska and the Bahamas. She looked forward to her breakfasts with nurse friends once a month and family gatherings with children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. They were all very special to her.

Martha is survived by her two sons, Mark (Karen) Jobst of Waukee, Iowa, James (Vivian) Jobst of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, daughter, Cheryl (Steven) Sealine of Dexter, Iowa, and her daughter in-law, Gayle Jobst of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. She has ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren: Laura (Ryan) Hutzell, Wyatt and Rowen of Ankeny, Iowa. Sarah (Shawn) Assman, Brynn and Brooke of Waukee, Iowa. Joshua (Brenda) Jobst, Isabella and Abram of Ecorse, Michigan. Joseph (Lisa) Jobst, John, Gloriana, Joseph, and Isla of Bradenton, Florida. Katie (Eric) Lekich, Helen, Mary, Laura, and Anna of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. Jesse (Christi) Jobst of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Mychele (Matt) Herring, Gabriele, Lane, and Myla of Waukee, Iowa. Nathan (Delaney) Sealine of Waukee, Iowa. Krista (Casey Donahue) Jobst of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Elisabeth (Sam) White of Weatherford, Texas. As well as, many nieces and nephews.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Marvin; her son, Terry; her parents, Glenn and Ferne Davis; her brother, Don and his wife Joanne Davis; her nieces, Donna Wollenberg, Marcia Davis, Wendy Sheeder, and Amy Hare; her nephews, Kenneth Jobst and Ted Boyle; mother and father in law, Bert and Ida Jobst; brother-in-law, Harold Jobst and wives, Jean and Maxine; sister-in-law, Lucille and husband, Dale Boyle.
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5:00 PM 8/20/2021 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 8/20/2021 7:00:00 PM
Johnson Family Funeral Home - Earlham

140 NW 2nd St
Earlham,, IA 50072

Johnson Family Funeral Home - Earlham
140 NW 2nd St Earlham, 50072 IA
United States





10:30 AM 8/21/2021 10:30:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church

309 Marshall Street
Dexter , IA 50070

Zion Lutheran Church
309 Marshall Street Dexter 50070 IA
United States

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Dexter City Cemetery Final Resting Place

Dexter, IA 50250

Dexter Dexter 50250 IA
United States

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