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Alma Martina (McDermott) Langwell

Alma Martina (McDermott) Langwell

Alma Martina (McDermott) Langwell, 85 of Keokuk died
peacefully at home with her family at her side on Friday, August 7, 2009 when
she lost her battle with cancer.

  She was born on
July 23, 1924 in Antioch, MO a daughter to Martin Eugene & Mary Katherine Baum

Alma married Glenn Edward Langwell on May 5, 1946 in
Catholic Shrine of Saint Patrick in Saint Patrick, MO; he preceded her in death
on April 5, 1982.

She is survived by three daughters:  Alma (Gerald) Evans of Alexandria, MO,
Elizabeth (Forrest – Tim) Haist of Hamilton, IL and PatRicia (Clarence)
Langwell-Day of Keokuk, IA; one son:  Ross
Langwell of Galesburg, IL; eight grandchildren:  William (Tara) and Floyd (Becky) Evans of Keokuk, Terry (Brandy)
Campbell of Kansas, OK, Timothy Campbell of Abington, IL, Stacey (Demone)
McClendon and Matthew Langwell of Galesburg, IL, Adam (Tammy) (Hudson) Wright
of Keokuk, and Cassandra Day of Keokuk; two step grandson:  Rick (Ginna) Gerstel of Carmen, IL and Lonnie
(Wendy) Haist of Hammond, LA; 11 great grandchildren:  Kerstyn Campbell of Abington, IL, Tyler Evans, Chandler Carvins,
Steven and Nathan Hickey, and Christy Kehler all of Keokuk, Nicole Perkins of
Brunswick, GA, Dalton & Sidney Langwell and Karter McClendon of Galesburg,
IL and  Dustin Campbell of Kansas, OK; 11
step greatgrandchildren:  Kenna &
Madison Bird of Kansas, OK, Justin & Jordan Wright, Skylar & Richard
King of Keokuk, John Scott and Tiffany Gerstel of Carmen, IL, Alexis, Bailey
and Karrlea Haist of Hammond, LA and one great great grandson:  Brandon Kehler of Keokuk; one sister:  Maxine McDermott of Monticello, MO; two
brothers:  Charles McDermott of Payson,
IL, Frances McDermott of Durham, MO and one sister-in-law:  Marcida Langwell of Moberly, MO.  She was also survived by many nieces,
nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her faithful husband of 36
years, her parents and grandparents, paternal parents and grandparents, one
daughter:  Verdna Melvina (Langwell)
Gerstel, one daughter-in-law:  Kathy
Langwell, one step-granddaughter:  Lisa
Gerstel, one great great granddaughter: 
MaShea Brown, three brothers: 
Paul, Roy and John McDermott, two sisters:  Catherine Washburn and Pauline Doyle; four sisters-in-law:  Hazel Jenkins, Verdna Robinson, Lily
Langwell and Anna May Terry; five brothers-in-law:  Clifford Langwell, Paul Terry, Jimmie Robinson, Elmer Doyle, and
Carl Washburn and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Alma was a wonderful mother, wife and grandmother.  She worked at Purity Oats, Swifts, The
Ammunition Plant, Shellor Globe and then became a United States Rural Postal
Carrier for rural route 1 and 2 until 1984. 
Upon retiring, the lord was a big part of her life.  She was a member of All Saints Catholic
Church in Keokuk.  She enjoyed her
children and grandchildren and she liked gardening and traveling when she

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday,
August 12 at All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Robert Lathrop
officiating.  According to her wishes
she well be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Garden next to her husband for all
eternity.  Visitation is at Greaves
Mortuary in Keokuk on Tuesday after 3:00 P.M. and family meeting with friends
from 6 to 8.  There will be a Christian
Vigil Service at 7:30.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society and Lee
County Hospice.