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Gwen Carmichael

April 17, 2019
Emmetsburg News

Visitation for Gwen Carmichael will be held at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg on Tuesday, April 16 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Services for will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. Rev. Hojin Shin will officiate.

Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Emmetsburg.

Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gweneth Jean Thompson Carmichael, preferred Gwen, was born on July 16, 1922, on the family farm in Ellington Township 5.5 miles east of Mallard.

Daughter of John and Iva Harris Thompson and sister to Donna Mae Thompson Harlow.

Gwen attended a one-room country school and graduated from Mallard High School in 1939.

After graduation, she completed Hamilton School of Business program in Mason City and worked at the Mallard Creamery.

Gwen and Ronald E. Carmichael married on June 21, 1941, in Mallard.

They purchased the Thompson family farm and fed cattle and were known for their buff and brown building site.

They moved to Emmetsburg in 1970 while continuing to operate the farm.

Gwen worked at GTE and became active in United Methodist Women, Pythian Sisters and volunteer in the local hospital's fundraising drive.

She is survived by her sister, Donna of Clovis, NM, children, Robert Car-michael (Rose) of Linn Grove, John Carmichael (Sheila) of Emmetsburg, and Joyce Carmichael Higley (Jack) of Folsom, CA. Grandchildren, Courtney Carmichael Schwartz (Doug) of Spencer, Brent Carmichael (Ellie) of Orange City, Jenna Car-michael of Dalton, PA, Julia Carmichael Hum-phrey (Eric) of Reno, NV, John Ronald (J.R.) Higley (Andrea) of Folsom, CA and Jillian Higley of Studio City, CA.

Three step-grandchildren, Jason Smith of Emmetsburg, Whitney Smith Driscoll (Christopher) of Des Moines, and Shelly Vonnahme of Gilmore City; seven great-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her brother, Lowell Thompson in 1940, infant daughter, Sharon Ann in 1947, her parents, her husband in 1997, and step-granddaughter, Claire Smith in 2015.

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