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Sondra Ann Richard

January 31, 1941 January 11, 2020
Sondra Ann Richard
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Obituary – Sondra Ann Richard

Sondra Ann Richard, age 78, daughter of John Edward and Florence Irene (Leeper) Van Winkle, was born on January 31, 1941 in Corydon, Iowa. She died at her home in Humeston, Iowa on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Sondra grew up in Humeston, where she graduated from Humeston High School in 1958. As a child, she was especially close to her grandparents, who were farmers in Wayne and Decatur Counties, and she remained close to them for the rest of their lives. She often spoke fondly of her childhood time with them on their farm.
On November 8, 1957, she married Donald Forrest Richard. Sondra helped Don with tax returns before his accounting business was computerized. But primarily, Sondra was a homemaker, mother, and caregiver. She raised her children Alan, Jeri “Jan”, and Debbie while caring for her grandparents and great grandparents. The household was often full of other young people as well, and she dedicated much of her time to visiting with and helping elders in the community. She was serious about cooking and prepared delicious meals for her family and community. She was dedicated to preserving an array of family heirlooms, from furniture to board games that had belonged to her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.
Sondra was active in the Humeston Christian United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school, led youth group, and served in United Methodist Women (UMW). She was involved in Brevity Club. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Brownie Leader. She gave generously of her time and money to organizations like Red Bird Mission and the Heifer Project. In her free time, she enjoyed reading devotional books, cooking and recipe books, and humorous or local history articles in newspapers and magazines. She also enjoyed doing the Jumbles in the Des Moines Register. With Don, she traveled the United States extensively in their motor home. In middle age, they also traveled abroad. Ireland was her favorite place overseas. In later years, she enjoyed spending time in the Missouri home that had once belonged to her mother.
Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Evelyn Van Winkle and Florence and Dr. Charles Hyatt; daughter, Michelle; brother, Chuck Van Winkle; brother-in-law, Charles “Chuck” Bittick; and nephew, Scott Bittick. Survivors include her husband, Don Richard of Humeston; children, Alan Richard of Bonham, Texas, Jan (David) Lundahl, and Debbie Morgan, all of Humeston; grandchildren, Andy & Rachel Graham and Keiana Morgan, all of Humeston; two great grandchildren, Alea and Nathan Graham; step-brothers, Larry Hughes, Charlie Hughes (Judy), and Bill Hughes (Sheila); and other relatives and many friends.




Funeral services will be held at the Humeston Christian United Methodist Church in Humeston, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 20, 2020, with Rev. Donna Murphy-Ceradsky officiating. Visitation is Sunday, 4-6 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are through the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa.
Memorials may be given in Sondra’s memory to the Humeston Christian United Methodist Church OR the Humeston First Responders OR Camp Courageous.


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Visitation

Sunday

19

Jan

4:00 PM 1/19/2020 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 1/19/2020 6:00:00 PM
Humeston Christian United Methodist Church

Humeston, IA 50123

Family will receive friends 4-6 p.m.

Humeston Christian United Methodist Church
Humeston 50123 IA
United States

Service

Monday

20

Jan

10:30 AM 1/20/2020 10:30:00 AM
Humeston Christian United Methodist Church

Humeston, IA 50123

Humeston Christian United Methodist Church
Humeston 50123 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Humeston Cemetery Final Resting Place

Humeston, IA 50123

Humeston 50123 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Humeston First Responders

Camp Courageous

Humeston Christian United Methodist Church

Humeston, IA 50123
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