Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

August 16, 2012

Alberta McMulin


Knoxville —  

Alberta Mae McMulin age 80 of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center of Des Moines.

Alberta was born June 5, 1932, in Knoxville, the daughter of Lawrence and Leah (Truman) McVey.  Alberta was a graduate of Knoxville High School and after high school she attended and graduated from Broadlawns Nursing School of Des Moines.

She worked for a short time as a nurse in St. Louis before working as a nurse with the V.A. Hospital of Knoxville.  During her nursing career she went back to school and became a nurse practitioner.  She worked at the V.A. Hospital for 33 years as a nurse and later a nurse practitioner. After her retirement Alberta worked as a nurse with the Knoxville Hospital for 10 years.

On Aug. 19, 1961, in Knoxville, Alberta and Richard Arthur McMulin were united in marriage.  They were blessed with 50 years of marriage and four children: Larry, Timothy, Jeannie and Traci.

Alberta was very active.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, N.A.R.F.E. and a former member of the Gardening Club.  Alberta was a wonderful seamstress and she also had worked with stained glass.  She truly enjoyed raising her miniature donkeys and llamas.

Alberta is survived by her husband Richard McMulin of Knoxville; their children: Larry McMulin and his wife Kathy of Bussey, Jeannie McMulin of Des Moines, and Traci Hillestad and her husband Matthew of Omaha, Neb.; five grandchildren Andrew, Timothy, Virginia “Ginny”, Audrey and Toril.  Alberta is also survived by one sister Juanita Maxon of Earlham.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Leah McVey; her son Timothy McMulin; and one sister Katherine Drew.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church of Knoxville with Pastor Brent Hanna officiating.  Burial followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery of rural Knoxville.

A memorial has been established to the Timothy McMulin Knoxville High School Scholarship Fund.  Condolences may be sent to


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