In memory of

Mignon Strain

April 27, 1947 - February 22, 2018
From: Sac City, IA
Mignon Strain

Mignon Strain

Born: April 27, 1947
Died: February 22, 2018
Age: 70
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    Mignon Lynn Strain, age 70, of Sac City, IA, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, February 22, 2018 after overcoming breast cancer and then later battling leukemia.

    Mignon was born on April 27, 1947 in Storm Lake, IA, to parents Lannes and Marjory (Wintersteen) Mills. She grew up on the family’s Century Farm just north of Sac City, where she was raised in the church and was baptized as a young girl. Mignon attended grade school and graduated from Sac Community High School in 1965. She continued her education at the University of South Dakota, Iowa State University and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1970. 

    On December 28, 1970, Mignon was united in marriage to Frank Strain at the Presbyterian Church in Lytton, IA. Their union was blessed with three children: Allison, Christopher and Karla. Mignon had many occupations throughout her years. She was a homemaker, home economics teacher, an accomplished seamstress and tailor, preschool teacher and substitute teacher. She also worked at Da-Le Monogramming and was a Dietary Manager at Loring Hospital until her retirement in December of 2010.

    To Mignon, faith, family and friends were #1. She enjoyed reading, quilting and doing numerous sewing projects. She loved to cook and bake. She and Frank maintained a large garden from which she enjoyed canning and freezing the fresh produce as well as sharing with neighbors and friends. Mignon loved being outside and being active. She participated in the annual Strain “Tour de Farm” bike ride, going on long walks with Frank, spending time with friends at water aerobics and going on fun filled adventures with friends organized by the Iowa State Bank Friendship Club. While at home, she enjoyed ceramics, knitting, cross-stitch, macramé, and various other crafting projects. 

    Mignon was very involved throughout her community. She was an active member of the Sac City Church of Christ, a member of the PTA and served as a Room Mother. She was a 4-H leader for many years and helped judge 4-H projects at the Sac County Fair. Mignon was a Den Mother for the local Cub Scouts and past officers for “Friends of the Library”, P.E.O, and Fortnightly Book Club. She was also a member of “100 People Who Care” in Sac County, the local quilt group, Quilt-A-Fair volunteer, and Sac City Fine Arts Council member. She also belonged to the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries. Mignon donated her time to make homemade American Girl Doll clothes to raise money for the Loring Hospital Auxiliary and Sac City Library. She donated blood regularly until her health declined.

    Mignon was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She enjoyed spending quality time with her grandchildren and taking family vacations through the years. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

    Left to cherish Mignon’s memory are her husband Frank C. Strain of Sac City, IA; children: Allison Strain of Lancaster, CA, Christopher (Amy) Strain of Cedar Rapids, IA and Karla Strain of Jefferson City, MO; grandchildren: Jacob Strain and Lauren Strain of Cedar Rapids, IA; sisters: Maggie Sue Fay of La Junta, CO, Marcia (Jim) Nusz of St. Louis, MO, Muriel (Carlton) Holt of Mansfield, TX; sister-in-law Doris (Dick) Hugg of Westside, IA; brother-in-law Chuck (Jeannette) Strain of Lytton, IA; many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

    Mignon was preceded in death by her parents Lannes and Marjory Mills; father and mother-in-law C. Clyde and Margaret Strain, brothers-in-law Maurice Fay and Merlin Gregg; sister-in-law Alice (Strain) Gregg; and nephew Wesley Gregg.



10:30 a.m., Thursday,
March 1, 2018
First Christian Church
Sac City, Iowa

Gary Witte
4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday
February 28, 2018
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Cedar Township Cemetery
Rural Sac City, Iowa


Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:13 AM
“Many prayers for you and your family. This loss leaves and emptiness that will never be filled, but memories will ease the emptiness.”
- Denise and Ross Opsal
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:25 PM
“So very sorry to hear of the loss of your wife Frank. Though I only met her once, I am sure she was a wonderful person wife and mother. May God bless you and your family”
- Dennis E Johnson
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 12:35 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear of your loss she was a great woman loved by many. I always saw in her lots of love, laughter, strength and beauty. I have such fond memories of her kindness and sense of humor. She will be missed, but not forgotten. I pray your family finds peace and comfort knowing She is home with her Heavenly Father. Love you all.”
- Jason Treanor
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 1:33 PM
“I grew up in Sac City and Mignon was in my class. She was a very smart person and friendly to everyone. I haven't seen her in years and saddened to hear of her passing. Her family has our condolences. ”
- Mary (Johnson) and Richard Beaulieu
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 9:53 AM
“Frank and family, my sincere sympathy on your beautiful wife, mother and grandmother Mignon. Remember the times when my parents would bring our family to Lytton and spend time with the Strain and Jones families. May Mignon RIP!”
- Linda Bluml
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 9:49 AM
“I'm so very sorry for your loss. I have no doubt that God will remember her and keep her memory safe. He will surely be glad to bring her back to life in a perfect world when suffering will be no more and we will all welcome back our loved ones that are asleep in death. (Revelation 21:4 & John 5:28, 29) May our loving Father bring your family the peace and comfort only He can provide.”
- Yas
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 9:49 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Mignon always took the time to visit with me whenever I saw her. I so appreciated that gesture. She was such a caring person. You have my deepest sympathy.”
- LaVon Hoaglund Goodrich
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 3:45 PM
“Karla I am so sorry for your loss. I know that this has been a long and difficult road for you and your family. You are in my prayers, don't hesitate to give me a call if you need anything. ”
- Connie Weber
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 3:45 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you for your loss. ”
- Kay Osborne
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 9:13 AM
“Frank and Family, We're so sorry to hear about Mignon's death. You and your family are in our prayers. In God's Love, David and Brynne Cue”
- David & Brynne Cue
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 1:40 PM
“You have our deepest sympathy . I always remember my mother talking about Mignon when she worked at the Loring hospital. She said Mignon was one of the few who would talk to my mother. ( nicely )”
- Gene @ Bonnie Simpson
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 9:26 AM
“My sincere sympathy to you, Frank and your family in the loss Mignon. I have good memories of your family during the years when Allison and Charisse were growing up. May you find comfort and support in the Lord and and your family. Charmaine Santema”
- Charmaine Santema
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 9:26 AM
“So very sorry to hear the news about Mignon. We are sending prayers and thinking of you all. ”
- Jeri Bottenfield
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 9:26 AM
“Our condolences to Frank and the rest of the family. Always enjoyed seeing Frank and Mignon when we were living in Sac City or back for a visit. She always had a nice smile that was welcoming and made me smile back. May fond memories ease your pain and sorrow.”
- Lane & Barb Collins
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 2:59 PM
“We are so very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed Mignon very much! I was always in admiration of the amount of love and support she had during this time from you all. Please know you are all in our thoughts during this time of sadness.”
- Tina and Mike Zimmerman and family
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 2:59 PM
“In reading about Mignon, I can tell she was loved by many and will truly be missed. My condolences Muriel and to your entire family. ”
- Lisa Fletcher
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 2:59 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss of Mignon. She was a woman who did many things for and through out your community. She will be missed. May God's love strengthen and comfort you and your family. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
- Shirley Westphalen
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 2:59 PM
“We were so sorry to hear of Mignons passing. She was such a sweet person. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Joe & Sue Skow
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 2:59 PM
“My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy over the loss of Mignon.
May you find comfort in your loving memories and the warmth of family and friends. A scripture that has uplifted many who have experienced such a loss, is found at Revelation 21:4. There it describes a time when death and pain will be gone forever. We will even see our loved ones again who we have lost in death (John 5:28 & 29). It is our hope that these words bring you a measure of comfort during this difficult time as well. Once again, please accept our condolences as you deal with your loss.
- Elton Family
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 11:45 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers for you & your family. ”
- Cheryl Nyitrai
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 11:45 AM
“God bless you & your family as you mourn the loss of your mom.”
- Leroy & Kelly Wrighten
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 11:45 AM
“Frank & Family: Doris and I are so very sorry to hear of Mignon's passing, was such a shock to us. Know that our thoughts and prays are with you, and may God's richest blessings be bestowed upon you all. Kind Regards: Bill & Doris ”
- Bill & Doris Walker
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 11:45 AM
“Frank, my sincere sympathy ! Jesus walks beside you!”
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 11:45 AM
“Sorry to hear about the transition of your sister. God wiil give you what you need, Muriel, to sustain you during your bereavement; He understands and cares.”
- Camilla Woods
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 3:37 PM
“So sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for peace to you & family. Sincere sympathy.”
- ken & Marlene Shadle
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 3:37 PM
“Mignon was a wonderful P.E.O. sister! Jim and I are so glad to have known her. Our condolences to Frank and children. Love, Lois Manuel Long”
- Lois Manuel Long
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 3:37 PM
“So very sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you.”
- Sandi Dilworth
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 3:37 PM
“Allison and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Jennifer (Roose) Quest
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 3:37 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how difficult this time is. Know that memories will give you comfort and her love, and God's love, will carry you. ”
- Joel & Ann Kessler
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 12:16 PM
“She was such a wonderful person, we will miss her smile at the library. ”
- Kim Nelsen
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 9:45 PM
“She fought so hard. We’ll all miss her.”
- Carol Groen
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