She was born March 21, 1925, in Seattle, daughter of Herman "Dutch" and Carolina Leuhrs Kessner.
Charlotte and Raymond Gilbert Mirly were married July 17, 1943. Charlotte sold Avon for many years and Raymond worked for Heuer Sons Farm Implements for over 25 years before establishing the family business known as Translectric.
The Mirlys were members of Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. Charlotte was active in the Ladies Aide, LWML, Concordia Guild and the quilting group. They had been married 45 years when Raymond passed away Sept. 11, 1988.
In 1991, when Hanover Lutheran Church launched a building project and hosted the Laborers for Christ mission group, Charlotte met Wilbert V. Tiedt of Fredricka, Iowa. The couple married Sept. 14, 1991 and most recently resided at the Lutheran Home complex in Cape Girardeau and had been members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson since 1998.
Acquaintances of Charlotte will remember her diligence in acknowledging their birthdays. If she knew your birthday, you were sure to receive a card.
The family remembers her devotion as a mother and grandmother and for the many sacrifices she made for them.
Loving survivors include her husband of Cape Girardeau; three sons, the Rev. Ray G. (Debby) Mirly of St. Louis, James Mirly and Tom (Terry) Mirly of Cape Girardeau; three daughters, Sharon (Lonnie) Tuschhoff, Emilie Glass (Raymond) Gibbar and Rita (Mark) Rees, all of Jackson; a brother, Henry "Hank" (Medora) Kessner of Des Moines, Wash.; a sister, Carolyn Jenkins-Dibble of Olympia, Wash.; two uncles, Charles "Chuck" (Virginia) Kessner of Seattle, and Edward "Ed" (Elleene) Koessner of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are four stepchildren, Debra (Gene) Curtis of Sumner, Iowa, Jeffery (Emelia) Tiedt of Clear Lake, Iowa, Vionne (Gary) Eichenberger of Ionia, Iowa, Vernon (Wanda) Tiedt of Dunkerton, Iowa; eight stepgrandchildren; and three great-stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Raymond; two daughters-in-law, JoAnn Dahme-Mirly and Marilyn Huettig-Mirly; and a son-in-law, Ron Glass.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. David Johnson, the Rev. Robert Henrichs and special family friend the Rev. Ellis Rottmann officiating.
Interment will follow in Hanover Lutheran Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
Memorials are suggested to Saxony Lutheran High School, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the charity of your choice.
Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.