Ramona Darlene Caudle, age 77, a longtime Ellsworth resident, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Memorial services are 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Ellsworth. Visitation is Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will take place at Homewood Cemetery in Ellsworth at a later date. Becker Funeral and Cremation Service of Jewell is entrusted with Ramona and her family's care.
Ramona was born June 27, 1934 in LuVerne, Iowa to Frank and Jessie (Satter) Sanford. She grew up in LuVerne and Badger, Iowa, and was part of a very large and loving family. She graduated from Fort Dodge High School in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Ramona met her best friend and the love of her life, Bobby Caudle, while waitressing at Miller's Caf in Ellsworth. They were married on September 25, 1952.
In the early years Ramona worked as a waitress, and she later worked at Land O' Lakes Turkey Processing Plant in Ellsworth, but her main focus over the years was her family and friends.
Ramona was a devoted, loving mother and grandmother to her 4 children, Randy (Dawn), Reggie (Hope), Debra, and Robert (Christine); to her 7 grandchildren, Dawn (Brian) Dunmire, Jayson (Kim), Bobby L. (Suzy), Rocky (Sherice), Nikki (Chad) Crabtree, Samantha Schuler, and Austin Schuler, to her 3 step-grandchildren; Chandra (Andy) Flattebo, Carissa Chiasson, and Sherri Chiasson; and to her 14 great-grandchildren.
She spent her life keeping a very nice, clean and comfortable home for her family, cooking their favorite meals, sewing, and baking favorite treats. She canned vegetables taken from the huge gardens which she and Bobby planted and cared for. Flowers were also a passion for Ramona, and the Caudle home displayed a beautiful yard with many colorful flowers.
Ramona was known for her warm and welcoming presence as she invited people into her home, whether it be for a short visit, or an extended stay. She was famous for her popcorn balls, which she made every year at Halloween to hand out to the trick-or-treaters.
Ramona was an active member of the Women's American Legion Auxiliary, and also spent some time teaching Sunday School and leading Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Ramona will forever be missed and remembered as the wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend that she was.
In addition to her husband, children, and grandchildren, she is survived by her siblings, Verda Trauger, Donna Hovick, Joanne Melling, and Jolene Wilhelm, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Gen McGowan, and her brothers, Francis, Wayne, and Bob.