Share This Obituary

Send Flowers
 Iowa City Area Florists

Memories & Candles

“Oh where do I begin with the memories of Annetta. Most of my connections was sharing the Presidency of Iowa City Woman's Club and guesting on the...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Marilyn Jensen - Coralville, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Bob and Teresa Deatsch - IA

“Annetta will be greatly missed. She was a very cheerful person, always joking and friendly to everyone. "See how you are" will be something that...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Tammy Jamieson - Iowa City, IA

“My condolences to all of you. I have many fond memories of all the Hull clan living on Sand Rd as neighbors. God bless you all. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Todd Campbell

“I was sorry to hear of your mother passing. She was 2 doors down from my mother, lucille Boyd. She was always in a good mood and loved my little...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Diane boyd - Iowa city, IA

“I have talked with a few of you already. I am so sorry to hear this. Your mom was a very special person in my life.Before I moved to Texas, we would...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Karen (Simpson)Haskins - Hills, IA

“My condolences to the family. I did not know Annetta very well but during the brief time I spent around her I could tell she was a very sweet person...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Veronica - Cedar Rapids, IA

“Sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. I know how hard it is to loss a loved one but we will always have our memories of them to help us through...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Ann Mullinnix - Iowa City, IA

“Earl, Linda and family, My deepest condolences to you all. There is no good time but the holidays can make the lose seem even greater. She and...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Kay Wheeler - Iowa City, IA

“Dear Friends, Your mom was a wonderful person who is surely missed by many. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Warmest regards, Lou ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Lou Eichler - Hot Springs Village, AR

Annetta Ruth Hull 94 went home to the Lord on Monday, November 19, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 7, from 3 p.m. to 7 pm, funeral services will be held Saturday, December 8th. at 10:30 am at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her memory to Iowa City Hospice, Sutliff Bridge Foundation or a memorial of the families' choice. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @

She was born Annetta Ruth Worden on August 18, 1918 in Creston, Ia. Annetta was the only child of Earl Spencer Worden & Ruth Olive Jones. She lost her mother at the age of 12 and was raised by her maternal grandparents, Oliver & Sadie Matilda (Evans) Jones in Creston, Iowa. She graduated from Creston high school in 1937. She was a bookkeeper at a Creston auto parts store. She married Harry Franklin Willey, Jr. in 1939; they had 3 children and later divorced.

Annetta moved to Iowa City where she married Everett H. (Shorty) Hull on May 19, 1945. They had 5 children together. Shorty died in May of 1992 after 47 years of marriage.

Annetta was active in various organizations & served as officer in many clubs. The Grant Wood PTA, Girl Scout Troop leader, East Lucas Women's Club, Iowa City Women's Club, Federated Women's Club, Iowa City Orchid Club, Four Seasons Garden Club, and Project Green. She won many honors and ribbons for her floral arrangements. Annetta donated many hours to the Four Season's fall floral sale every year.

Annetta & Shorty lived on the Sand Road where they grew & sold vegetables on Sandy Acres Truck Farm for 40 years. She loved the outdoors and all nature had to offer. Their trees, vegetable gardens, and flowers beds were her passion. She loved the animals and birds that were attracted to the farm and would often sit outside to watch and talk with them.

She was constantly looking out for & helping the family she loved so much and she will be painfully missed by all of them. She was a great cook and often cooked in the taverns she & Shorty owned through the years. She loved fried chicken, lobster, goulash, pork & bean sandwiches and mostly, she loved chocolate & coffee. She spent many late hours, working tirelessly, for her husband and children sewing, canning, freezing game and making Christmas gifts.

Her quick wit, great sense of humor and her many one liners will be missed by all and quoted by many.

She is survived by her seven children: Harry A. Willey, Newark, Ohio; Carolann R.Willey (Laura Crockett) Ewalt, Wellman, IA; Marcia R Willey (Melvin) Jenn, Iowa City; Earl E. (Linda) Hull, Iowa City; Louie H. Hull, Lago de Arenal, Costa Rica; Charolette M. (Don Fabian) Hull, Iowa City; Tanya D. (Jesse) Wright, Cedar Rapids ; 20 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 7 step great grandchildren, 2 great- great grandchildren and a special lady to the family, JoAnn Willey, Iowa City.

Annetta was preceded in death by her husband, her grandparents, her parents, her step mother, her infant son, Robert Hull; an infant granddaughter & an infant great-granddaughter.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Legacy Gardens, especially Jessica, Megan, Tammy, Amy, Janice, Jim and Scott for their compassionate care of Annetta the last two & half years.

As she would frequently say, "One for the money, two for the show," so we add to her rhyme "The Lord called you home & away you must go." We will love you forever & will join you when it is our time. Rest in peace, Mom.