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Ethel Loretta Barratt Rasmussen was born east of Harlan, Iowa on August 2, 1917 to George and Bertha (Sorenson) Barrett. She left this world on November 8th, 2013. Ethel was the fifth of seven children growing up, attending school through the eighth grade in the area of her birth. She then worked for several years as a housemaid, cooking, baby sitting, cleaning, and other household chores. Through these experiences she developed a desire to help others. She was especially known for her hospitality, good cooking and lifelong friendships.

She expressed fond memories of gathering around the piano with her family and nearly raising the roof off the old farmhouse. Her father fiddled and her mother played the piano while she sang alto.

Ethel shared her love of singing, piano playing, cooking, gardening, water and oil painting, poetry and writing with her friends and family. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, visiting the dollar stores, and a good cup of black coffee with a hot cinnamon roll. Even when she was having a difficult day, she insisted on being dressed nicely, with a string of beads around her neck, and her hair combed and colored.

Just after midnight on June 25, 1939 Ethel married George Chester Rasmussen. For those of you that knew George and Ethel, they had an ongoing debate as to the exact day they were married. George seemed to think it was the 24th. We’ll let Ethel be right on this one. George and Ethel were married for 62 years, before George passed in 2001. They had six children: Clark, Judy, Norene, Robert, Cathy and Dorthy.

Ethel was brought up in a Christian home and Ethel accepted the Lord as her Savior at a young age and continued her faithful walk with the Lord her whole life.

Ethel is now reunited with her husband George, her daughter Cathy, grandson Joel, great grandson Zackary, daughter-in-law Patricia, along with a host of family and friends who have already joined the Lord on the other side.

She is survived by Clark and Earlene Rasmussen of Arkansas, Judy and William Gross of California, Norene and Leonard Perkins of Texas, Robert and Rosalie Rasmussen of Missouri, Dorthy and David Best of California, Carlton and Vivian Golden of Texas, 20 Grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Our Mother’s Wish

“One day my Savior will call me home,

To the place He’s prepared for me.

I’m hoping my family and friends will come,

And we’ll all live for eternity.”

By: Ethel Rasmussen

Services were Tuesday at 10AM at Ozark Baptist Church. Pastor David Barbee officiated, burial was in the Ozark Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, MO. Pallbearers were Greg Nentrup, Miles Nentrup, Owen Nentrup, Bill Gross, David Best, Brian Golden and Adam Perkins. Memorials may be made to Ozark Cemetery. On-line condolences may be sent to

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