Elizabeth A. Bigley
February 9, 1925 ~ January 27, 2013
Elizabeth A. Bigley, age 87, of Elma, IA passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Regional Health Services in Cresco, IA. Elizabeth Ann McAvoy was born on February 9, 1925 to Edward and Mabel (Roche) McAvoy in Elma, Iowa. She attended Immaculate Conception School in Elma and graduated in 1942. Bette was employed by Chamberlin Manufacturing in Waterloo. She was united in marriage to Bud Bigley on September 8, 1943 in Texarkana, Texas. The couple farmed and raised their family near Elma. Bette was employed at Colonia Manor for 17 years. She enjoyed listening to big band music, dancing, reading, playing cards and spending time with her family. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma, the Rosary Society and the Chat and Question Club. Bette is survived by her children Patty Korsmo of Cresco, IA, Tom (Sharon) Bigley of Riceville, IA, Mike (Coralee) Bigley of Elma, IA, Deb (Bob) Shroyer of Portland, OR, Nancy (Mike) Bowen of Colorado Springs, CO, and Tim (Linda) Bigley of Johnston, IA; 21 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and brother-in-law Thomas Bigley of Milwaukee, WI. She is preceded in death by parents Edward and Mabel McAvoy, husband Bud in 1985, grandson Paul Bigley, two great grandsons Devon Korsmo and James Ornelas, one brother Leo McAvoy, and one sister Muriel Gardner. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Elma, Iowa with her children Patty Korsmo, Tom Bigley, Mike Bigley, Deb Shroyer, Nancy Bowen and Tim Bigley serving as casket bearers. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be held 4:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, Iowa with a rosary at 4:30pm and visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Msgr. Carl Schmitt celebrating mass.