Joyce “Elaine” Miner Gould, age 83 of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, IA after a long illness. Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 11, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Koszta Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 9:30 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy.
Elaine is survived by a son, Benjamin (Cindy) of Appleton WI ; two daughters, Becky (Mike) Hite of Gresham, OR and Christine Carol Gould of Crooks, SD; six grandchildren, Lindsay Gould of Cleveland, OH, Stephanie (Jon) Weiss of Mbeya, Tanzania, Ashley (Shannon) Scott of Columbus, OH, Jeremiah (Katie) Gould San Diego, CA, Jessica Hite of Huber Heights, OH and Kelly Hite of Portland, OR; eleven great-grandchildren, Savannah, David, Sophia and Isiah Weiss, Carson Scott, William and Wyatt Gould, Calvin and Jackson Hite, Ada Dawson and Kennedy Murray. Elaine also helped care for and mentor Norma Gould’s children, Amy (Tony) Tomash and Lori Gould. Elaine is also survived by four sisters, Sharon (Larry) Lebeda, Sally Wenger, Patsy Irons and Lyn (John) Nebel and two brothers: Jeff (Claudia) Miner and Buck (Heidi) Miner and many nieces and nephews, including Dennis Gould and Ted (Lisa) Gould and their children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Carol “Kelly” Gould on September 15, 2016.
Elaine Miner Gould was born June 30, 1933, at Belle Plaine, Iowa. She was the daughter of Lloyd Miner and Velma Buswell Miner. She attended the Honey Creek No. 5 School and graduated from Belle Plaine High School. Elaine and Carol Gould were married Dec 15, 1952. Elaine farmed with her husband and worked at a grocery store and for Bob Nance, Dean Landfear (Voice of Iowa) and the Vinton School for the Blind. Later she went into the Methodist Church as a Christian Educator. She attended many classes and seminars over the years, first becoming a Lay Pastor with the Waverly Methodist Church. She went on to serve with the First United Methodist Church in Marion, Christ Community Church in Marion on two different occasions, the First Methodist Church in Ottumwa, and then as a circuit preacher for churches in Victor, Guernsey-Malcom, Ohio, Koszta and Williamsburg.