Alta Mae McMahon, 88, of Centerville, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. She was born the daughter of Thomas and Elsie (Davis) Brinegar on Dec. 5, 1925 in Centerville. She graduated from the Centerville Community Schools.
Alta Mae served in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) during World War II and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy. She was united in marriage to John McMahon Dec. 14, 1946 in Centerville. She was employed at Union Carbide (which is now Curwood) in Centerville for over 21 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John McMahon in October of 1979; daughter, Joni Stevens; and granddaughters, Trisha Wallerich and Melinda McMahon; sisters, Isal Crowder, Ruby Stansberry, Olive Matherly, Vivian West and Shirley Snelling; brothers, Harold Davis, Robert Brinegar, Raymond Brinegar, Lester Brinegar, Leroy Brinegar, Keith Brinegar and Kenneth Brinegar.
Alta Mae is survived by her son, Roger McMahon of Omaha, Missouri; daughters, Paula Mize of Davenport, Pam Jordan and her husband, Gary of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Diana Wallerich of Moulton and Cindy Becker of Davenport; also a brother, Donald Brinegar of Monroe; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with Sharon Heien officiating. Burial to follow in the Mt. Ararat Cemetery east of Centerville. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 15 from 2-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Ararat Cemetery and left or mailed to the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral has been entrusted with caring for the McMahon family at this time and condolences can be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.