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Ramona Brand Gidley

July 23, 1935 - October 18, 2020
From: Milford, IA | Originally: Sioux Rapids, IA
Ramona Brand Gidley

Ramona Brand Gidley

Born: July 23, 1935
Died: October 18, 2020
Age: 85

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Ramona Brand Gidley, the daughter of Harry and Helen (Tollackson) Stacy was born on July 23, 1935, in Sioux Rapids, Iowa. She was baptized at the First Lutheran Church. She received her early education in Sioux Rapids, graduating from high school in 1953 and was the class Salutatorian. Following high school, she attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls. She then returned to Sioux Rapids and worked at  First State Bank.

     On February 14, 1956, Ramona married John “Jack” Gidley  at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids. After their marriage, the couple lived in Texas for 2 years while Jack finished his military service. The couple moved back to Sioux Rapids in 1958, where they owned and operated a service station for many years. Ramona enjoyed being a homemaker and being active in the community. She was a Cub Scout Leader and took the troops on various adventures. She was a member of the Red Hat Club and other various clubs she enjoyed. She also, was the Iowa Egg Lady for the Iowa Egg Council for many years. She was a Head Start Helper and preschool teacher at Sioux Central School. She enjoyed showing horses, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles. Her passion was camping, and she loved taking the kids and grandkids along and staying at Cutty’s  was her favorite. Jack and Ramona moved to Milford in 2015.

     Ramona passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Accura Healthcare of Milford, at the age of 85. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jack of Milford, IA; her son, Mike (Barb) Gidley of Arnolds Park, IA and Joy (Paul) Madsen of Sioux Rapids, I; her grandchildren: Jacqueline, Kayla and John Gidley, Stacy (Madsen) Thompson (Adam), Matt (Miranda) Madsen and Nikki Madsen; her great grandchildren: Blake, Johnny and Ally Madsen, Ronin and Kaia Thompson; other relatives and friends.

Due to COVID-19, the family is having Private Family Services at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:
First Lutheran Church
P.O.Box 312
Sioux Rapids, Iowa 50585
Pastor Tonna Parsons
Honorary Bearers
Stacy Thompson
Matt Madsen
Nikki Madsen
Jacqueline Gidley
Kayla Gidley 
John Gidley
"Pretty Woman"
"How Great Thou Art"
"Dancing Queen"
"Momma Mia"
Lone Tree Cemetery
Sioux Rapids, Iowa


Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 9:35 AM
“Joy and family - Sorry to hear about your mom. She was always so happy and always had a smile. I will always remember the Egg Lady coming to school and visiting her booth at the fair and getting the freebies, even though I don't eat eggs. Keep tight the memories. With my sincere condolences.”
- Missy (Halverson) Hungerford
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7:49 AM
“Jack, Mike, and Joy, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I remember her fondly with all of her wit and fun loving spirit. May she live on in each of you.”
- Stephanie O'Brien
Friday, October 23, 2020 at 6:26 PM
“I so enjoyed working with Ramona in the Rembrandt building (just a FEW years ago :) )! I was her Secret Santa one year, and she gave me 2 beautiful doilies (and several other gifts) that are currently on my end tables. She was such a fun person with a wonderful family!”
- Jean Jongerius Hoffman
Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:25 PM
“Dear Jack, Joy and Mike,

I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. She was a wonderful lady and live life to the fullest.You have my deepest sympathy.”
- Lynda Swanson
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 11:55 AM
“I met Ramona a few years ago at Jean's house. She was a special lady. Always had a joke to tell and sometimes they were about herself!! We loved going to Los Pueblos for lunch. We will all miss her so much. ”
- Sandra Dau
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 11:55 AM
“Ramona did a great job teaching rumdum people like me how to cook omelets. I am not a very good cook but I can do an omelet very well because of her teaching. May God's peace that passes ALL understanding be with you.
- Erik and Mariellen Mosbo
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8:23 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Ramona’s death. So many good memories of her! She had a big smile and hearty laugh and was so fun to be around. Our heartfelt sympathy to Jack and Mike and Joy and their families. ”
- Doug and Mary Ruffridge
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:57 PM
“You have our deepest sympathies! Ramona lived her life to the full!”
- Tim and Lorie Wittmasck
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:57 PM
“So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Ramona at the school for many years. She loved her job and had a passion for teaching young kids how to have family meals and manners. She made every kids birthday extra special by letting them help her make cupcakes to share with the class. ”
- Kari Swanson (Hogrefe)
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 11:49 AM
“Jack and family ... My deepest sympathies in your loss. I so enjoyed working with you and Ramona when you volunteered at Cutty's. It was always nice having you there to help with the variety of projects that were available. Thinking of you - DAWN”
- Dawn Ludwig
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:04 AM
“Jack my sympathy and prayers to you , Mike and Joy and family`s`````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````s”
- Joel Kragt
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:04 AM
“So sorry for your loss of such a wonderful lady!! We had many laughs along the way!! Share you memories often!! May you find comfort in our Lord's arms as that is where she is!!”
- Karen Buchholz
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:04 AM
“So sorry for the loss of your mother. Prayers are with you all.”
- Sally Rassler
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:04 AM
“Jack, Mike & Joy——. So sorry to hear about Ramona’s passing. She was always a joy to visit with at the bank. You have wonderful memories to hold on to. She will be missed by many. God Bless you all. ”
- Jay Rehnstrom
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 2:56 PM
“I so enjoyed your Mother. She was a great and fun person. You have my sympathy.”
- Myra Coover
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 2:56 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:16 AM
“So sorry to hear of your loss.”
- Rod Shedenhelm
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 8:24 AM
“Joy and Mike, so sorry to hear about the death of your mother. She was a good person and you will miss her.”
- Mary Ellen Jones
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