PRINCETON — Minerva L. Heaton, 94, of Princeton passed away peacefully at 4 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, at Aperion Care, Princeton.
Born June 21, 1924 in Princeton, she was a daughter of Alvin and Lula (Steele) Anderson. She married Clifford A. Heaton on Feb. 28, 1948, at the Congregational Church in Dover. Clifford preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 2010.
Minerva attended Millikin University and Iowa State University, majoring in home economics. She and Clifford raised their family on a farm near Kasbeer. She was active in her children’s school and extracurricular activities such as cub scouts and 4-H. She always supported their diverse interests.
As a skilled seamstress, she loved making Barbie doll clothes for her daughter and her friends. She even made her own wedding dress and all the bridesmaid dresses. Minerva was a member of First United Methodist Church in Princeton. Until her health declined, she was involved in the Methodist Women’s Club activities. For a few years, Minerva enjoyed working at Bonco’s in Princeton, making decorative items sold to bakeries such as wedding cake toppers.
Minerva is survived by two sons, Stephen (Isabel) of Fairfield, Iowa, and Ted (Luanne) Heaton of Princeton, one daughter, Linda (Chuck) Matthews of Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Eric (Heather) Heaton of Princeton, Luke (Paige) Heaton of Ohio, Ill., Melissa (Patrick) Trainor of Dewey; and Brian (Debbie) Matthews of Issaquah, Wash. She also had eight great-grandchildren, Jack, Gabe, Samuel, Lydia and Ruby Heaton; Halle, Duke and Maverick Trainor.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford Heaton; and a sister, Mildred Anderson.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Princeton, followed by a private service at 4 p.m., officiated by Pastor Brian Gilbert.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Princeton Christian Academy and First United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.