Agnes Margaret Croft, the daughter of Oscar and Susie (Stalder) Goshorn, was born on August 18, 1913, in Shelby County, Iowa. She attended school in Shelby, Iowa, and graduated from Shelby High School in 1931. On August 11, 1931, Agnes married Lafe Owen Croft in Savannah, Missouri. The couple lived in Kirkman, Iowa, for many years, and upon their retirement in 1978, they moved to Harlan, Iowa. Before her retirement Agnes worked several jobs, including driving a school bus in Irwin, Iowa, and helping her husband in the Skelly tank wagon business. In later years she was a nurse’s aid and dietary aid at the Baptist Memorial Home (Elm Crest Retirement Community). Agnes’ husband, Lafe, died on June 16, 1989, in Harlan. Agnes remained in Harlan until 1995, when she moved to Perry, Iowa, to be near her daughter.
Agnes was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Harlan, Iowa, and attended church in Perry as long as her health allowed. She enjoyed cooking and excelled in baking pies. Agnes love to read, and liked sewing, quilting, and crocheting. Agnes also loved her dog, Libby.
Agnes M. Croft died on Friday, June 3, 2005, at the Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, Iowa, at the age of 91 years, 9 months, and 16 days.
Preceding Agnes in death were her parents; her husband, Lafe O. Croft; and three brothers, Orville Goshorn, Waldron Goshorn, and Robert Goshorn. Survivors include one daughter, Kathy (Steven) Sutton of Perry, Iowa; one sister, Winona (Paul) Beck of Ocala, Florida; two grandsons, Mike Conrad and Matt (Misty) Conrad, all of Perry, Iowa; two great-granddaughters, Allison Conrad and Madison Conrad, both of Perry, Iowa; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at the Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor James Warren of the First Baptist Church in Harlan officiating. Marge Ahrenholtz served as the organist. Casket bearers were Michael Conrad, Matthew Conrad, Garold Conrad, Arlo Peterson, Ron Greenwood, and Richard Goshorn. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery in Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements.