Iva Mae Meany was born on April 24, 1925, in Chickasaw County, Iowa, to her parents Howard & Ruth Ann (Dickson) Crooks. She graduated from Nashua High School and later attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, where she received her teaching certificate.
On June 1, 1948, Iva was united in marriage to Roger F. Meany at Immaculate Conception Church in Fairbank. Together, the couple welcomed 3 sons and a daughter, into their family.
Iva taught 2 years of school in rural Iowa and one year at Stanley Consolidated Schools. After her marriage to Roger, the family moved to Waterloo, then Evansdale where she substitute taught in both Waterloo and Evansdale Schools. For 12 years, Iva worked as a librarian at the Evansdale Library, where she retired in 1983. Throughout the years, she served on many election boards, was a Water Works secretary, and was a nurse's aide at Allen Memorial and St. Francis Hospitals, both in Waterloo.
She was a former member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Waterloo. Iva was a member of Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. and joined Chapter 10 in 1970; she also served as State President from 1992-1993, was a National Recording Secretary from 1995-1996, and held other offices in the Chapter. Iva also proudly served with the Evansdale Amvets Auxiliary. She enjoyed her family and friends, crafts, puzzles, the computer, and Facebook, as well as discussing anything that had to do with the library! Iva lived a long and prosperous life, and will be missed dearly by all those who knew and loved her.
Iva is survived by her sons Jim (Edel) Meany of New Braunfels, TX, Joe (Joan) Meany of Waterloo, Eugene "Gene" (Sherry) Meany of Abbeville, SC and daughter Rosemary Meany of Cedar Falls; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren Michael Meany of New Braunfels, TX, Aaron (Meaghan) Meany of Lynchburg, VA and their daughter Rosalie, Amber (Dwight) Stroud of Greenwood, SC and their children Rodger and Alex, Seth Meany of Mexico City, Mexico, Amanda Meany- Holmes of Rawlins, WV and their children Colton, Capri, Ella, and Asher, Ross (Shauna) Meany of Urbandale, IA and their sons Jackson and Connor, Andrew (Dasia) Meany of Okeechobe, FL and their children Hadassah, Deaglan, Malachi and Matthew, Betsy (Jesse) Blau of Waukee, IA and their daughter Stella, Alicia Meany and Anna Meany, both of Abbeville, SC; a host of nieces and nephews. She rejoins in Heaven her parents; husband Roger; sister Betty Peters and brothers Stanley and Alvin Crooks.
Iva passed away on Friday, March 31st at her son's home in Abbeville, South Carolina, with her loving family by her side. Visitation for Iva will be held on Wednesday, April 19th from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 AM at Locke Funeral Home at Tower Park, 4140 Kimball Ave., Waterloo, Iowa 50701. Burial will follow services at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Waterloo.