In Memory of

Sarah Kay Ralph

September 1, 1952 - August 24, 2018
From: Milford, IA
Sarah Kay Ralph

Sarah Kay Ralph

Born: September 1, 1952
Died: August 24, 2018
Age: 65

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  Sarah Kay (Larson) Ralph was born on September 1, 1952 in Spencer, Iowa to Winton and Maxine (Cook) Larson.  Sarah was raised on a farm southwest of Spencer and graduated from Spencer High School in 1970.  Following graduation, she attended Iowa Lakes Community College and earned a degree in Business.

     On January 6, 1973 Sarah married the love of her life, John T. Ralph and they lived happily together for over 45 years.  It was during this time two beautiful children came in to their lives, Jacob Ki and Kayla Kwi.  They were a special gift through international adoption.  During her working career she was employed at Spencer Hospital, Witco (then Superior) and Maurer Manufacturing in their Human Resource Department as manager until her retirement at age 58.

     Sarah and John enjoyed many activities together which centered around water.  She loved boating and skiing (one year she was skiing on Thanksgiving Day).  John and Sarah loved to travel to warmer climates and visit casinos along the way.  Sarah also loved to volunteer locally at the Dickinson County Nature Center and, while in Arizona, at the Banner Hospital.

     On August 24, 2018, Sarah went to her heavenly home at the age of 65, just days short of her 66th birthday.  Sarah is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Kayla and her husband, Brandon Wilcoxon and grandchildren:  Lincoln, Jackson, Ethan and Zoe Maxine.  She is also survived by her siblings and their families, plus many relatives and friends.

      In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dickinson County Nature Center.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
Public Gathering with the family present will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"You Raise Me Up"
By Myra Hendersen


Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 8:05 AM
“Sorry John. Just happened across this. Doubt you remember me. My Mom and your Wife were buds at WitCo many years ago. Sorry for your loss.”
- Kevin Tully
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 3:31 PM
“So sorry for your loss...knew Sarah while going to school in Spencer.”
- Susan (Krumm) Depew
Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 8:11 AM
“I just learned of Sarah’s passing and I am very sorry to hear of it. I got to know her while she was with Witco and I was with Stylecraft. We both worked in Human Resources and would discuss issues at times and joke about situations at other times. She will truly be missed, blessings especially to all of the family.”
- Jim O'Neill
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 2:35 PM
“John and Family we were very sad to hear of your loss Prayers ”
- Judy and Doug Peterson
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 7:50 AM
“Just got word concerning the passing of Sara. She was my high school sweet heart and first love. We had so much fun in high school and have so many memories to remember. I have a few great pictures of us together especially our prom pictures together. Her folks were just awesome hard working farmers and won’t forget them either. RIP Sara Thomas ”
- Thomas Hage
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 8:19 PM
“So very sorry to hear of Sarah's passing. I worked with her at Witco and remember her fondly. We had alot of fun times back then.”
- Susan Langholz
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 5:25 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. My heart goes out to u all. Sarah was one of the kindest sweetest ladys i ever met. I always enjoyed the times i spent out at her and johns place in whapton. She always treated me like family when i was there with her son. She had abig smile and even bigger heart. You will be missed sarah.”
- Justin
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 5:25 PM
“We were so surprised to here about Sarah, you have our deepest sympathy.”
- Allen and Pam Nissen
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 1:23 PM
“Sincerest sympathies in your loss of Sarah. She was such a sweetheart and always had a friendly hello. Blessings for peace and comfort during this time.”
- Tim and Bonnie Knight
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 7:54 AM
“Blessings for Comfort and Peace with the completion of this challenging journey . . .”
- Molly Mulqueen
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 3:34 PM
“To the memory of a very brave lady and her supportive family. She was brave and you were very supportive of her. So sorry she had to travel such a difficult road for so long. Tom and Judy Hart”
- Tom and Judy Hart
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 2:25 PM
“We all have the best memories from our neighborhood and country school. Sarah was a sweetheart. ”
- Logan Family
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 2:25 PM
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 12:34 PM
“John and family, So sorry for your loss. I remember all the fun times the "gang" had that i got to be a part of. Always keep those wonderful memories in your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now. God Bless”
- Mark &Alene (Brinkley) Peters and Family
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 12:33 PM
“so sorry to hear this , many memories of the neighborhood we grew up in, we all were sure that you were the kids on the Cambell soupcans. prayers for all of the family.”
- Nancy Sorensen Newgard
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 11:01 AM
“So sorry to hear about Sarah. I always enjoyed visiting with her when you were still at the lake and I would go by on my bike. Thinking of you, John and family!!”
- Donna Malmgren
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 8:40 AM
“My heart aches for you and yours
Sarah is surrounded by more beautiful people in heaven and she will now be your angel watching over you and guiding you !
My deepest sympathies to all !
- Rhonda Olson
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 10:34 AM
“My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. Losing someone you love is truly difficult and I know Sarah will be missed. Please know our Heavenly Father holds out promises that can help us with our sorrow. One such promise is that death soon will be done away with forever (Revelation 21:4) and another promise is that "there is going to be a resurrection." (Acts 24:15). I pray these promises from God, who cannot lie, (Titus 1:2) brings you comfort. For more comfort from the Bible visit www . jw . org. ”
- Janiah Miles
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 10:34 AM
“We are sorry to hear about Sarah. Our prayers are with your family.”
- Brenda Griffin
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 10:34 AM
“We were so sorry to hear about Sarah. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Steve & Barb Meyer
Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 1:51 PM
“John and family, sorry to read of Sarah's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Jim Zweifel
Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:34 AM
“I worked with Sara for over 23 years. Always found her to be an up beat lady. Even in times of trouble. I remember going to a baby shower at her house so very long ago .She will be missed by more than her family. Sorry for the families loss. Prayers are sent to all.”
- Donna Haberl
Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 7:55 AM
“My sympathies to the family of Sarah.”
- Therese Trojahn
Friday, August 24, 2018 at 3:22 PM
“John and family, So sorry for your loss! Sarah is now at peace. May God wrap you in his arms and guide you through this difficult time. Prayers.”
- Becky and Mike Hatting
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