Committed to Serving

The Mitchell Family Funeral Home staff is active in the Marshalltown and central Iowa community. We know the pain death can cause and are here to walk this journey with you and to help with the healing process. We have a special place in our hearts for caring for the living and the dead. Our staff will personally take care of all funeral details, regardless of location.

 

 


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Marty Mitchell Funeral Director

I was born and raised in Marshalltown, graduating from the Marshalltown High School and MCC. Later, I graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Des Plaines, IL.

After 17 years of employment with Estel-Perrin-Avey Funeral Home in Marshalltown, my wife Sue and I were able to follow a dream of owning our own funeral home. We began building in September of 2004 and opened in March of 2005. Sue was able to see our beginnings, but sadly I lost her to an 18 month battle with cancer in September of 2005.

I am the father of two children- Stephanie Mitchell who is an RN at Unity Point in Marshalltown and Myles who attends MHS. My parents Dean and Mary still live in the house I grew up in on North 10th Street. My sister Marna is married and lives in Baxter. Stephanie is a proud mom to Haley Sue.

I enjoy traveling, reading, animals, history and my two dogs, Yoda (Pekingese) and Cewie (Pomeranian). Truthfully, even after 30 years, I still love to go to work and treasure the families I have met on the way. I also thoroughly enjoy the boards I serve on and the memberships I have as well.

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Mike Kirk Funeral Director

Mike Kirk is a native of Madison County, IA., and moved to Marshalltown in 1989. He and his wife Karen, who retired from the Marshall County Attorney’s office, have 3 daughters, Kellee (Rafael Torres) Kirk-Hernandez, Ragan Victor and Kinzee (Matt) Kirk- Mashek. They also have seven grandchildren: Caleb, Jose, Isiah, Lilly, Eli, Ella, and Danielle. Mike worked for Diamond Vogel Paint for 25 years before deciding to enter the profession of Mortuary Science. Mike graduated from DMACC in 2006 and is a fully licensed Funeral Director at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. Karen passed away on October 5, 2015, after a long fight against Rheumatoid Arthritis. Mike attends New Hope Christian Church in Marshalltown. Mike enjoys volunteering in the Marshalltown community, a place he is proud to call home.

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Rich Green Funeral Director

Rich Green was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, graduating from North High School in Des Moines in 1998. He was in the business field for 10 years before realizing his true passion was to help people. Rich became a Tissue Recovery Coordinator with the Iowa Donor Network, and then went on to DMACC to get his degree to be a Funeral Director. Rich completed his Internship with Mitchell Family Funeral Home and as of August of 2013 he became a Licensed Funeral Director. Rich also obtained his Insurance License in September of 2013 and takes care of the pre-need funeral arrangements. He feels very much honored to work at Mitchell Family Funeral home and enjoys serving the Marshall County communities. Rich and his wife, Ali (Kjormoe), a native of Marshalltown, live in Ankeny with their son, Brecken and dogs Winston and Sully. In his spare time, Rich enjoys watching sports, whether it is the Atlanta Falcons or the Cyclones and enjoys video games. Rich is a member of the American Society of Embalmers, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife are also involved in the Animal Rescue League Foster Care program and open their home to animals in need.

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Shannon Bowers Funeral Director

Shannon Bowers was born in Marshalltown and grew up in Gilman. He graduated from East Marshall High School in 2000. After graduating high school, Shannon got a job working for a local funeral home as an assistant. After earning his Associates of Arts degree from Marshalltown Community College he enrolled in Mortuary school at DMACC in Ankeny. Shannon graduated from Mortuary school earning his degree in mortuary science in 2008. After completing his internship in eastern, Iowa, Shannon returned to Marshalltown to work with Mitchell Family Funeral Home to serve the community he calls home. Shannon lives in Marshalltown with his fiancé Casey and three wonderful children. He has been a Certified Reserve Police Officer for the State Center Police Department as well as the Toledo Police Department since 2013. He loves spending time with his family and friends. He is also an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. Shannon is a member of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association.

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Jordan Borcherding Funeral Director

Jordan Borcherding was born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 2006. After High School, Jordan went on to pursue his football dreams with the Panthers at the University of Northern Iowa. He graduated from UNI in 2011 with his bachelor’s degree. During his college career, Jordan worked for Hagarty-Waychoff-Garup Funeral Home in Waterloo Iowa. In May of 2011, he went to DMACC to obtain his degree to become a Funeral Director. Jordan is very honored to work at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home and serve the community there. Jordan and his wife, Lauren (Hankins), also of Cedar Falls, Iowa, now live in Marshalltown with their two sons, Jack (3) and Camden (born October 2017); their puppy, Bindi, and their bearded dragon lizard, Lenny. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys volunteering at Church, fishing, hunting, sports, and most any outdoor activity in addition to spending time with his Wife and Boys. Jordan is a member of the American Society of Embalmers, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association. Jordan and Lauren are both members of Restore Church, here in Marshalltown, Iowa.

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Lance Angstman Funeral Director

Lance Angstman grew up in Marshall County and graduated from East Marshall High School with the class of 2009 with honors in Science and Physical Education. After high school Lance attended Des Moines Area Community College for Mortuary Science and graduated in 2015, and became fully licensed in 2016. Lance started working at the Mitchell Funeral Home in 2009, after a job shadow. You may also recognize him from his 14 plus years of working for his father at the historic Sub City on Main Street in Marshalltown, or from the 16 inch softball community. Lance currently lives in Le Grand, with his Girlfriend Katie and their dog Summer. Lance is excited to help serve his community and is looking forward to helping others in a very difficult time.

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Mary Drake Business Manager

Mary Drake joined the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in February, 2007, as the Business Manager. She comes from a financial and business background and feels honored to be a part of this ministry. Mary has two grown children: Jody (Mark) Pignatiello (Charlotte, NC) and daughters, Graceyn and Kylie; and Jake (Jamie) Harrington (Wichita, KS), and daughters, Tayler and Paige. Mary is a native of Clutier, IA but has lived in the Marshalltown area since 1976. Our Grief Therapy Dog, Gabriel, lives with Mary and comes to work with her every day.

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Brenda and Jeff Davis Support Staff

Jeff was born and raised in Marshalltown and Brenda (Kellogg) in Garwin. They have one daughter, Jaime. Jeff works full-time at Marshalltown High School. Brenda was in the child care profession for 23 years before joining the MFFH Staff in August 2005.Jeff and Brenda work at the funeral home in many capacities, including visitations, services, maintenance, and flower delivery. Serving each family as though they were their own, Jeff and Brenda are honored be be a part of the MFFH Team. Jeff enjoys fishing, hunting and the outdoors. Brenda enjoys photography and assisting families with photographic memorials.

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Jan Dougherty Support Staff

Jan Dougherty and her husband, Kevin, reside in LeGrand, Iowa. They are the parents of Kirk (Amanda) and Kyle (Jordian) Dougherty. They are also blessed with two grandsons and granddaughter with whom Jan enjoys spending her free time with. After working at Renner's Flowers for 23 years, Jan feels fortunate to be a part of the Mitchell staff and assisting families with their needs. Jan is the daughter of David and Doris Paul, and grew up on the farm in rural Gilman.

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Dolores Jennings Support Staff

Dolores moved to Marshalltown in 1998, three years after her husband Charlie passed away. She has worked in retail for 30 years and the most rewarding part of that was meeting people. Her family consists of two sons, a daughter, two grandsons, two granddaughters, two great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters. Her family means the world to her.

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Doug and Julie Riley Support Staff

Doug and Julie Riley, long-time residents of State Center, assist Mitchell Family Funeral Home with visitations and services held at the well-equipped West Marshall Chapel located on Historic Main Street in State Center. Doug is currently employed at Burke Marketing in Nevada and plans to retire at year end. Julie is employed full time at Central State Bank as Accounting Manager. They have three children and seven grandchildren. They like baseball, golfing, bike riding and playing with their grandchildren.

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Karen Shipley-Cooper Support Staff

Karen Shipley-Cooper lives in Marshalltown with her husband, John, and is a very active part of our community. After being employed by Fisher Controls for over 35 years, Karen spends much of her time volunteering with many organizations including the United Way, Iowa River Hospice, Optimists, Quakerdale and First Friends Church. Karen is currently the Chapter Leader for the Marshalltown Compassionate Friends.

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Gary Shirk Support Staff

Gary Shirk, son of Dale and Gladys Shirk, was born and raised in the Albion and Marshalltown area and married to Kay Hurtt in 1967. They raised two children, Jason and Damie and have seven grandchildren. Gary worked for Fisher Controls for 31 years, Walt Disney World for 7 years and Marquart Concrete Products for 6 years. After retiring from full time employment, Gary feels very fortunate to work part time with Mitchell Family Funeral Home, where he helps families and their loved ones in their time of need.

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David D. Sturtz Support Staff

David D. Sturtz was born and raised around the Gilman, Iowa area. Dave and his wife, Norma, recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. They were blessed with two children; Brenda Carnahan of Marshalltown & Scott Sturtz of Pleasant Hill. Dave thoroughly enjoys spending time with his six grandchildren. He is a member of the New Hope Christian Church. Dave owned and operated Standard Oil tank wagon service in Central Iowa from 1965-1980. After 11 years working at Maytag in Newton, he owned and operated a pest control business until his retirement in 2011, at which time he joined with Mitchell Family Funeral Home on a part time basis. Dave is a people oriented person and enjoys working with the staff at Mitchell’s as they are a loving and caring staff and so considerate and caring of the people they serve.

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Martha Acord

Martha Acord is a native of Ottumwa, having moved to Marshalltown in 1973 with her husband and three children. Her working days were spent in various Marshalltown Banks. Following the death of her husband, she worked for MFFH for a short time leaving for a position in insurance. Marsha was blessed to return to MFFH in 2014. She is a proud mother and grandmother. She enjoys reading, working in the yard and making handcrafted greeting cards. “I love being a member of the Support Staff. MFFH was so good to me in my time of need. It is a privilege to be able to help others.”

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Nic Randall

Nic Randall is a lifelong resident of Marshalltown and married to Ginna Vaughn in 2004. They have four boys: Myles, Kade, Eli, and Henry. Nic and his family are members of New Hope Christian Church. In his free time, Nic enjoys fishing, spending time with his family and going to the boys sporting events. Nic began working at Mitchell Family Funeral Home in 2015 and feels blessed to help in the care of the families we serve.

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Chris Abrahams

Chris Abrahams has lived in Marshalltown nearly all of her life. Chris went to MCC and worked as a nurse for many years until 2014, when she started working at Mitchell Family Funeral Home, and she feels she has found her calling. She enjoys working with the families and helping them in any way possible during the most difficult times of their lives. She has two children, Cecelie, 28, and Badj, 7. In her free time Chris loves spending time with her grandchildren, Shyla, 8, and Roscoe, 2, who live in Victor, Iowa. She also enjoys summer weekends at the lake.

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Shawna M. Gowdy

Shawna M. Gowdy was born and raised in Marshalltown. She is the daughter of Mike and Jeanne Gowdy. Shawna graduated from Marshalltown High School and received her certified nurse’s aide license from Iowa Valley Continuing Education, along with other administrative office program certificates and training. She has a son, Kendall Straight, 24, and a daughter, Jordan Straight, 15. She enjoys spending time with them and being involved with their extracurricular activities. In her free time, Shawna enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, swimming, playing golf and softball as well as motorcycle rides. She has been with Mitchell Family Funeral Home since 2016.

Marty Mitchell

Funeral Director
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I was born and raised in Marshalltown, graduating from the Marshalltown High School and MCC. Later, I graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Des Plaines, IL.

After 17 years of employment with Estel-Perrin-Avey Funeral Home in Marshalltown, my wife Sue and I were able to follow a dream of owning our own funeral home. We began building in September of 2004 and opened in March of 2005. Sue was able to see our beginnings, but sadly I lost her to an 18 month battle with cancer in September of 2005.

I am the father of two children- Stephanie Mitchell who is an RN at Unity Point in Marshalltown and Myles who attends MHS. My parents Dean and Mary still live in the house I grew up in on North 10th Street. My sister Marna is married and lives in Baxter. Stephanie is a proud mom to Haley Sue.

I enjoy traveling, reading, animals, history and my two dogs, Yoda (Pekingese) and Cewie (Pomeranian). Truthfully, even after 30 years, I still love to go to work and treasure the families I have met on the way. I also thoroughly enjoy the boards I serve on and the memberships I have as well.

Mike Kirk

Funeral Director
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Mike Kirk is a native of Madison County, IA., and moved to Marshalltown in 1989. He and his wife Karen, who retired from the Marshall County Attorney’s office, have 3 daughters, Kellee (Rafael Torres) Kirk-Hernandez, Ragan Victor and Kinzee (Matt) Kirk- Mashek. They also have seven grandchildren: Caleb, Jose, Isiah, Lilly, Eli, Ella, and Danielle. Mike worked for Diamond Vogel Paint for 25 years before deciding to enter the profession of Mortuary Science. Mike graduated from DMACC in 2006 and is a fully licensed Funeral Director at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. Karen passed away on October 5, 2015, after a long fight against Rheumatoid Arthritis. Mike attends New Hope Christian Church in Marshalltown. Mike enjoys volunteering in the Marshalltown community, a place he is proud to call home.

Rich Green

Funeral Director
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Rich Green was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, graduating from North High School in Des Moines in 1998. He was in the business field for 10 years before realizing his true passion was to help people. Rich became a Tissue Recovery Coordinator with the Iowa Donor Network, and then went on to DMACC to get his degree to be a Funeral Director. Rich completed his Internship with Mitchell Family Funeral Home and as of August of 2013 he became a Licensed Funeral Director. Rich also obtained his Insurance License in September of 2013 and takes care of the pre-need funeral arrangements. He feels very much honored to work at Mitchell Family Funeral home and enjoys serving the Marshall County communities. Rich and his wife, Ali (Kjormoe), a native of Marshalltown, live in Ankeny with their son, Brecken and dogs Winston and Sully. In his spare time, Rich enjoys watching sports, whether it is the Atlanta Falcons or the Cyclones and enjoys video games. Rich is a member of the American Society of Embalmers, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife are also involved in the Animal Rescue League Foster Care program and open their home to animals in need.

Shannon Bowers

Funeral Director
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Shannon Bowers was born in Marshalltown and grew up in Gilman. He graduated from East Marshall High School in 2000. After graduating high school, Shannon got a job working for a local funeral home as an assistant. After earning his Associates of Arts degree from Marshalltown Community College he enrolled in Mortuary school at DMACC in Ankeny. Shannon graduated from Mortuary school earning his degree in mortuary science in 2008. After completing his internship in eastern, Iowa, Shannon returned to Marshalltown to work with Mitchell Family Funeral Home to serve the community he calls home. Shannon lives in Marshalltown with his fiancé Casey and three wonderful children. He has been a Certified Reserve Police Officer for the State Center Police Department as well as the Toledo Police Department since 2013. He loves spending time with his family and friends. He is also an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. Shannon is a member of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association.

Jordan Borcherding

Funeral Director
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Jordan Borcherding was born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 2006. After High School, Jordan went on to pursue his football dreams with the Panthers at the University of Northern Iowa. He graduated from UNI in 2011 with his bachelor’s degree. During his college career, Jordan worked for Hagarty-Waychoff-Garup Funeral Home in Waterloo Iowa. In May of 2011, he went to DMACC to obtain his degree to become a Funeral Director. Jordan is very honored to work at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home and serve the community there. Jordan and his wife, Lauren (Hankins), also of Cedar Falls, Iowa, now live in Marshalltown with their two sons, Jack (3) and Camden (born October 2017); their puppy, Bindi, and their bearded dragon lizard, Lenny. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys volunteering at Church, fishing, hunting, sports, and most any outdoor activity in addition to spending time with his Wife and Boys. Jordan is a member of the American Society of Embalmers, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association. Jordan and Lauren are both members of Restore Church, here in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Lance Angstman

Funeral Director
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Lance Angstman grew up in Marshall County and graduated from East Marshall High School with the class of 2009 with honors in Science and Physical Education. After high school Lance attended Des Moines Area Community College for Mortuary Science and graduated in 2015, and became fully licensed in 2016. Lance started working at the Mitchell Funeral Home in 2009, after a job shadow. You may also recognize him from his 14 plus years of working for his father at the historic Sub City on Main Street in Marshalltown, or from the 16 inch softball community. Lance currently lives in Le Grand, with his Girlfriend Katie and their dog Summer. Lance is excited to help serve his community and is looking forward to helping others in a very difficult time.

Mary Drake

Business Manager
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Mary Drake joined the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in February, 2007, as the Business Manager. She comes from a financial and business background and feels honored to be a part of this ministry. Mary has two grown children: Jody (Mark) Pignatiello (Charlotte, NC) and daughters, Graceyn and Kylie; and Jake (Jamie) Harrington (Wichita, KS), and daughters, Tayler and Paige. Mary is a native of Clutier, IA but has lived in the Marshalltown area since 1976. Our Grief Therapy Dog, Gabriel, lives with Mary and comes to work with her every day.

Brenda and Jeff Davis

Support Staff
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Jeff was born and raised in Marshalltown and Brenda (Kellogg) in Garwin. They have one daughter, Jaime. Jeff works full-time at Marshalltown High School. Brenda was in the child care profession for 23 years before joining the MFFH Staff in August 2005.Jeff and Brenda work at the funeral home in many capacities, including visitations, services, maintenance, and flower delivery. Serving each family as though they were their own, Jeff and Brenda are honored be be a part of the MFFH Team. Jeff enjoys fishing, hunting and the outdoors. Brenda enjoys photography and assisting families with photographic memorials.

Jan Dougherty

Support Staff
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Jan Dougherty and her husband, Kevin, reside in LeGrand, Iowa. They are the parents of Kirk (Amanda) and Kyle (Jordian) Dougherty. They are also blessed with two grandsons and granddaughter with whom Jan enjoys spending her free time with. After working at Renner's Flowers for 23 years, Jan feels fortunate to be a part of the Mitchell staff and assisting families with their needs. Jan is the daughter of David and Doris Paul, and grew up on the farm in rural Gilman.

Dolores Jennings

Support Staff
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Dolores moved to Marshalltown in 1998, three years after her husband Charlie passed away. She has worked in retail for 30 years and the most rewarding part of that was meeting people. Her family consists of two sons, a daughter, two grandsons, two granddaughters, two great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters. Her family means the world to her.

Doug and Julie Riley

Support Staff
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Doug and Julie Riley, long-time residents of State Center, assist Mitchell Family Funeral Home with visitations and services held at the well-equipped West Marshall Chapel located on Historic Main Street in State Center. Doug is currently employed at Burke Marketing in Nevada and plans to retire at year end. Julie is employed full time at Central State Bank as Accounting Manager. They have three children and seven grandchildren. They like baseball, golfing, bike riding and playing with their grandchildren.

Karen Shipley-Cooper

Support Staff
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Karen Shipley-Cooper lives in Marshalltown with her husband, John, and is a very active part of our community. After being employed by Fisher Controls for over 35 years, Karen spends much of her time volunteering with many organizations including the United Way, Iowa River Hospice, Optimists, Quakerdale and First Friends Church. Karen is currently the Chapter Leader for the Marshalltown Compassionate Friends.

Gary Shirk

Support Staff
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Gary Shirk, son of Dale and Gladys Shirk, was born and raised in the Albion and Marshalltown area and married to Kay Hurtt in 1967. They raised two children, Jason and Damie and have seven grandchildren. Gary worked for Fisher Controls for 31 years, Walt Disney World for 7 years and Marquart Concrete Products for 6 years. After retiring from full time employment, Gary feels very fortunate to work part time with Mitchell Family Funeral Home, where he helps families and their loved ones in their time of need.

David D. Sturtz

Support Staff
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David D. Sturtz was born and raised around the Gilman, Iowa area. Dave and his wife, Norma, recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. They were blessed with two children; Brenda Carnahan of Marshalltown & Scott Sturtz of Pleasant Hill. Dave thoroughly enjoys spending time with his six grandchildren. He is a member of the New Hope Christian Church. Dave owned and operated Standard Oil tank wagon service in Central Iowa from 1965-1980. After 11 years working at Maytag in Newton, he owned and operated a pest control business until his retirement in 2011, at which time he joined with Mitchell Family Funeral Home on a part time basis. Dave is a people oriented person and enjoys working with the staff at Mitchell’s as they are a loving and caring staff and so considerate and caring of the people they serve.

Martha Acord

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Martha Acord is a native of Ottumwa, having moved to Marshalltown in 1973 with her husband and three children. Her working days were spent in various Marshalltown Banks. Following the death of her husband, she worked for MFFH for a short time leaving for a position in insurance. Marsha was blessed to return to MFFH in 2014. She is a proud mother and grandmother. She enjoys reading, working in the yard and making handcrafted greeting cards. “I love being a member of the Support Staff. MFFH was so good to me in my time of need. It is a privilege to be able to help others.”

Nic Randall

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Nic Randall is a lifelong resident of Marshalltown and married to Ginna Vaughn in 2004. They have four boys: Myles, Kade, Eli, and Henry. Nic and his family are members of New Hope Christian Church. In his free time, Nic enjoys fishing, spending time with his family and going to the boys sporting events. Nic began working at Mitchell Family Funeral Home in 2015 and feels blessed to help in the care of the families we serve.

Chris Abrahams

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Chris Abrahams has lived in Marshalltown nearly all of her life. Chris went to MCC and worked as a nurse for many years until 2014, when she started working at Mitchell Family Funeral Home, and she feels she has found her calling. She enjoys working with the families and helping them in any way possible during the most difficult times of their lives. She has two children, Cecelie, 28, and Badj, 7. In her free time Chris loves spending time with her grandchildren, Shyla, 8, and Roscoe, 2, who live in Victor, Iowa. She also enjoys summer weekends at the lake.

Shawna M. Gowdy

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Shawna M. Gowdy was born and raised in Marshalltown. She is the daughter of Mike and Jeanne Gowdy. Shawna graduated from Marshalltown High School and received her certified nurse’s aide license from Iowa Valley Continuing Education, along with other administrative office program certificates and training. She has a son, Kendall Straight, 24, and a daughter, Jordan Straight, 15. She enjoys spending time with them and being involved with their extracurricular activities. In her free time, Shawna enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, swimming, playing golf and softball as well as motorcycle rides. She has been with Mitchell Family Funeral Home since 2016.