Elizabeth A. Bigley

elizabeth bigley
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.

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  1. Mike Cora and family sorry for your loss your mom will be missed she loved to visit and laugh plus I worked with her for several years ar colonial manor she could remember names better than I could

  2. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.

  3. Tom, Sharon, and sisters and brothers, We send our sympathy to each of you and want you to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your Mom will be missed by many but most of all by each of you.

  4. I am thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Your mom was a great lady, and I know you will have wonderful memories of her! Whenever I think of her, I can picture her with a huge smile and laughing. And often saying, “Oh Nancy” – but we won’t go into specifics:) How lucky you all were to have had her for a mom!

  5. My prayers to you, Tim, and your family. I hope this quote will bring a little comfort….
    “The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved one is safe in the hand of God.”


  6. Our sympathy to all the family.
    Cherish all the great memories.

    Louise (Meirick) and Donn Harris

  7. To the Bigley Family – My deepest sympathy to each of you at the loss of your Mother… Regardless of their age it’s always hard to let go of someone who has been a special part of family since the beginning. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you say Good-Bye to that Special Person in Your Family… God Bless

  8. Bigley family..please accept my sympathy with loss of Betty…Many memories of sleepovers with Deb, playing poker with Grandma and Grandpa Marr..I enjoyed the day Colleen and I stopped in to see Deb and got to visit with Betty also. Betty was a wonderful person, cherish the memories of her and tell your grandchildren and great grandchildren about her. I am sorry I couldn’t be there but I am at work in Rochester.

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