DOWS – Velva I. Root, of Dows, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013, at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion at the age of 89 years

Survivors include her six daughters: Denise (Richard) Hocraffer of Clarion, Rhonda Benton of Rowan, Donita (Duane) Odland of Wasilla, AK, Collette (Merlyn) Wiarda of Dows, Renee (Tony) Holmes of Dows and Luana Nair of Spencer; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Alvin in 1970 and a son-in-law, David Benton.

In honoring Velva’s wishes, there will be a private interment. Her family invites everyone to join them for a celebration of her life at the Dows Community Center from 3:00 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.