Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, June 06, 2002
OBITUARY ~ CLEO VIOLA (REASONER) CLOUGH
Cleo Viola CLOUGH was born April 1, 1907, the first child to Clarence Elmer and Leila Beatrice (NOBLES) REASONER. Cleo's
grandparents were among the early pioneers in Ringgold county, coming from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Zwick country school with her younger siblings. They were Vern, Merle and his twin sister Myrtle, Faye, Vera and baby
brother Dauhn. Cleo graduated from Ellston high school in 1926. She ws able to attend her 75th class reunion in May of
2001, accompanied by her brother Daughn. She attended summer school after graduating and taught country school for one year.
She married the young man down the road, Eugene Paul Martin CLOUGH, the son of John and Carrie CLOUGH, on May 18, 1927 in Leon,
Iowa. She stayed home and was a devoted wife and mother to her two children, Ross Martin CLOUGH and Lyla Del CLOUGH BUCY.
After her children were grown, she worked 16 yars at the Sunny Slope Nursing Home, the first six years as a nurse and
10 years as the cook.
On September 12, 1960, her daughter Lyla died in a car accident. Cleo helped with the care of her
grandchildren, Bonnie and Billy. After her retirement in 1972 she joined the Tingley Garden Club, did volunteer work at the
Tingley meal Site when it began in 1974, and played in the Tingley Kitchen Band.
Her husband Gene died on September 14,
1972 at the home on the farm one mile north of Tingley. Cleo remained on the farm with her dog Ruff, tending to her flowers
and garden and entertaining grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and family. She enjoyed cooking, crafts and traveling.
In 1988 arthritis was making it difficult to keep up the outdoor work so she moved to Afton, Iowa to be closer to her
granddaughter. She continued to go to Tingley Meal Site weekly and was a member of the Iowa Elderhostel. She dreamed of
being the Reader's Digest Sweepstakes winner and would have built a shelter for the homeless had she won.
Cleo's home was always warm and anyone was welcome to come in. In 1999 she moved to the Afton Care Center to rehabilitate
and strengthen her knees. She enjoyed the activities, the residents and staff and she didn't have to clean or cook, so she
chose to stay.
Cleo died at the Afton Care Center on May 26, 2002 at the age of 95.
Her survivors include her son
Ross CLOUGH and wife Evelyn of Cameron, MO; grandson Kevin CLOUGH and wife Tammy and their children, Jared and Jordon
CLOUGH, and Barry CLOUGH and Brian CLOUGH; granddaughter Bonnie MORRIS and husband Mitchell and their children,
Danny Lee WILLIAMS and wife Jennifer, Dwayne Lucas WILLIAMS, Zachary MORRIS and Clayton MORRIS, all of Afton; grandson
William Leroy BUCY of Ellston, Iowa and his son William John Roy BUCY of Carlisle, Iowa; a great-great-granddaughter
Dakota Nicole WILLIAMS; a brother, Daugh REASONER and wife Lorraine of Mount Ayr; many nieces,nephews, friends and
family who will all remember her sweet smile and twinkle in her eye.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 30, 2002, at
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with Reverend Jeff FLAGG officiating. Casket bearers were Kevin
CLOUGH, Barry CLOUGH, Brian CLOUGH, Danny WILLIAMS, Dwayne WILLIAMS and William BUCY.
Cleo was laid to rest in the Oliver
Cemetery, Beaconsfield, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2012
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