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OBITUARY - IOLA FERN (DeVAULT) REED

Graveside Services for Iola REED, age 93 of Bedford who died Friday, March 3, 2006 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center were held Monday, March 6, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Visitation celebrating Iola's life was held Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford where coffee and cookies were served along with the sharing of many memories. Memorials can be directed to the Bedford Ambulance Service. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Iola Fern REED was the second child born to Carl and Eldora (SCHRADTER) DeVAULT on September 8, 1912, in Blockton, Iowa. She grew up attending school in Blockton, graduating with the Class of 1929. After graduation she and a girlfriend went to Des Moines to find work. Both girls found work with a family needing a cook and housekeeper, however, they had 3 spoiled children, and the girls only lasted 3 days!

In the fall of 1929, she started college in Maryville, Missouri attending for two years, and graduating with a lifetime Teacher's Certificate. Her first year of teaching school was in Benton, Iowa and she was only 18 years old and received $90 a month, paying $20 a month for room and board.

She met Roy Raymond REED and the couple was united in marriage on March 8, 1935, in St. Joseph, Missouri at a cousin's home. Roy and Iola made a home adjacent to Roy's parents. On June 14, 1936, a daughter Agatha June was born in Blockton, in a small house by the Platte River. Times were hard and when Agatha was 14 months old, they went west to seek better employment, returning in the fall to Bedford. Finding no work, they moved to Council Bluffs, and returned to Blockton where Billy Carl was born on October 30, 1938, and Ronnie Ray on October 10, 1940. In 1941, the family moved to Bedford with Roy working for the Iowa State Highway Department, developing the Rest Areas on the Interstates.

In 1943, Roy was called to enlist in the United States Army Air Force. Iola was left with 3 small children, 2 cows, some pigs and chickens, and a Model A Ford. Roy was gone for 1 year and 9 months, and to survive, Iola worked the 5 acre truck patch and at the Bedford Hy-Vee, where she worked for 10 years. Iola also managed the concessions at the Lake of Three Fires for 9 years. She also owned and operated Iola's Snack Bar across from the Bedford School for several years, where she made many lasting friendships. Because of Roy's employment with the State Highway Department, the couple moved many times to various locations to be near his work. From 1965 to 1971, Iola and Roy moved to Adair where she worked as a clerk in a grocery store and also cooked at the Adair Nursing Home. In 1971, they moved to Leon where she worked as a clerk in the discount store [Pamida] until 1975. In 1976, upon their retirement, she and Roy moved back to Bedford and enjoyed traveling for many years across the United States.

Iola served as Past-President of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a tremendous supporter and volunteer for the Congregate Meals for 13 years, receiving 2 Service Awards for Volunteering from the Governor of the State of Iowa. She was also a long-time member of the Bedford Christian Church.

Left to cherish Iola's memory are her daughter Agatha and her son Billy; two daughters-in-law, Karen REED and Barbara HARMS; six grandchildren, Mark NORTON and wife Brenda, Jason NORTON, Robin MOONEY, Todd Carlton REED and wife Candice, Kristi JOHNSON and husband Jim; and Kerri GREENBERG and husband Jordan; eight great-grandchildren; two nephews and many friends.

Preceding Iola in death are her husband Roy Raymond REED in 1980; a son Ronnie Ray REED in 1993; a son-in-law, Dean NORTON; her parents and a sister Opal RUPP.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Iola's passing.

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