Iada M. Cripe, 77Iada M. Cripe, age 77, of Cottage Grove, died Monday morning, Feb. 11, at United Hospital in St. Paul.
Iada M. Cripe, age 76, of Cottage Grove, died Monday morning, Feb. 11, at United Hospital in St. Paul.
Iada Margel Coleman was born June 8, 1936, in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Dwight and Margel (Swanson). She was raised in Webster, Wis., and graduated as valedictorian in 1954. On Dec. 31, 1956, she was united in marriage with Robert Cripe at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. She served in the U.S. Air Force.
Iada enjoyed traveling and will be remembered as a woman with a kind heart who enjoyed staying busy. She was a devoted grandmother. Iada had a 32-year career with BNSF Railroad then worked 10 years at Community Education.
She is the beloved wife of Robert; loving mom of Daniel Dean; grandmother and great-grandmother; sister of Isla (Ron) Fichtner, Orlo (Joanne) Coleman; cousin of Shirley Lawless; many in-laws; nieces and nephews.
Visitation 9-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, with 11 a.m. funeral service at Community United Church of Christ, 1145 Summit Ave., St. Paul Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Heart Assoc. or Cancer Society.