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Neva Arlene Whitmore

Neva Arlene Whitmore

Dec. 1, 1930 - Dec. 22, 2018

Neva Arlene Whitmore, 88, passed away at Mercy Medical Center on Dec. 22, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Born Dec. 1, 1930, in Brownsville, Iowa, she was the daughter of Jesse Nordyke and Marie Doane. She attended Osage High School.

In 1947, she married Lester Ryerson, Jr., in Eldora, Iowa. Together, they had two sons, Steven and Mikel. They later divorced. She then married Gerald Whitmore, and they were married for 38 years. Later in life, she and her special friend Charles Moore had 10 wonderful years together.

Neva was a homemaker, who also cleaned houses while raising her sons. Throughout her life, she loved the thrill of finding a great deal and could be found many Saturdays searching yard sales for the perfect find; she especially loved finding cobalt-blue glassware. She also enjoyed card games with family and friends.

Survivors include her son, Mikel (Helga Rogers); six grandchildren, Tina Olmstead (Terry), B.J. Ryerson, Alishia Stoakes (Edward), Mindy Logan (T.J.), Mattheus Ryerson (Shawna), and Marcus Ryerson (Angie); four step-grandchildren, Brian Rogers (Carolyn), Michael Rogers (Amanda), Steven Rogers (Becky), and Kimberly Rogers (Preston); nine great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Zola Borchardts and Darla Barrett.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Steve; one daughter-in-law, Jann Ryerson; four great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Mervin Nordyke, Donald Nordyke, Leonard Nordyke, and Erwin Nordyke.

A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at The City Church of Ames, 2400 Oakwood Road, Ames, Iowa. A gathering with family and friends will follow the service. A private family burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Garden cemetery in Eldora, Iowa, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Salvation Army.

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