Iona Lauver, 80

Iona Mae Million Overholt Lauver, 80, North Manchester, died at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Timbercrest Health Care, North Manchester. She was born Sept. 5, 1933 in Greene County, Virginia to Floyd and Gladys (Disler) Million.

Iona attended Manchester College, where she met her future husband, James J. Overholt.  They were married June 12, 1955 in Mansfield, Ohio; he died Aug. 11, 1988.  She also received her Associate's Degree in Art, from IU East in Richmond. She married Orville H. Lauver on Sept. 5, 1992 in Mechanicsburg, Pa. She was a cook at Chester Elementary School, worked at Manchester Library, and also worked at Two Sisters Candy Store in Hagerstown, Indiana.  She was a former member of the United Church of Christ, now Congregational Christian Church, and had a long time affiliation with the Church of the Brethren.  Iona was a member of Tri Kappa Sorority, the Church of the Brethren Art for Hunger, and was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.  She spent her life dedicated to helping other people in their time of need. Iona was a very accomplished artist, which was her passion.

She is survived by her husband, Orville H. Lauver, North Manchester; two children, John A. (Rose) Overholt, Johns Creek, Ga., and Beth A. (Brad) Bowman, Cambridge City; three grandsons, Chad G. Bowman, Hagerstown, Jim Overholt, New Orleans, La., and Robert Overholt, Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Wilma (John) Maklary, Houston, Texas, and Patricia (George) Loizou, Laverne, Calif., and her brother, James Million, Westerville, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia. Friends may call from 12-2 p.m., Monday at Timbercrest.

Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are: Crestwood - Specialized Care at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, Timbercrest Health Care, and Visiting Nurse of Fort Wayne.

The memorial guest book for Iona may be signed at

Posted on 2014 May 19