Marty  Bales
Marty Bales

June 20, 1932 - December 1, 2018
Resided in Waukee
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Martha “ Marty” Louise Bales, 86, of Waukee, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines.

Marty was born June 20, 1932 in Eldon, IA the daughter of Glen Edward and Mabel (Simmons) Burkholder. She received her education in Eldon where she was the Valedictorian of her graduating class in 1949, at the age of 16.

Marty began working at John Morrell in Ottumwa in the key punch department. She was married to William Dean Bales on December 12, 1951 at the Eldon Christian Church. They made their home in California and Massachusetts while her husband was stationed in the United States Navy. While stationed in Boston she took a job with IBM Corporation before moving to Des Moines in the fall of 1956 as the result of a transfer. In October of 1969 she took a permanent job at Equitable Life of Iowa in data processing until she retired in 1994.

Marty spent many summers at her cottage in Clear Lake IA which she loved dearly. She enjoyed traveling and documenting her trips through photography. Marty had a heart for service, after retirement she volunteered in her church office and at the retirement community where she lived. Marty impacted many lives through her kind and gentle spirit.

She is survived by two daughters Teri Bales of Des Moines and Gayla Bennett of Urbandale, two grandchildren, Corey Bennett and David Bennett, a great granddaughter Bella as well as a sister Janet (Fred) Wright of Aurora, CO and their families.

Marty’s family wishes to extend special thanks to her care givers from Legacy Pointe and Taylor House Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Taylor House Hospice or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, December 6, 2018
10:30 AM


Hospice Taylor House
3401 East Douglas Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50317
American Parkinson Disease Foundation
1200 Pleasant Street E524
Des Moines, IA 50309