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Neoma Meryle Saddoris Osceola

Neoma Meryle Saddoris, 95, of Osceola died Dec. 12, 2013, at Clarke County Hospital.

Services were 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St. The Rev. Dr. Al Adams officiated. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Clarke County Hospital Extended Care Unit. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.

Neoma Meryle Saddoris, daughter of Effie Mae (Jones) and Floyd Alley, was born Jan. 7, 1918, in Murray.

Meryle received her early education in Murray and later attended Osceola High School, graduating in 1938. She received her normal training certificate.

On March 29, 1941, Meryle married Chester Paul “Bud” Saddoris in Osceola.

Meryle was a stay-at-home mother for a number of years.

In 1943, she attended one summer at Simpson College in Indianola for the renewal of her normal training certificate.

In 1953, she returned to teaching at Washington Center and Liberty. Meryle also enrolled at Drake University.

In 1963, Meryle graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science degree and continued her teaching career.

When Clarke Community was organized, Meryle was transferred to Osceola to teach sixth grade at West and North elementaries until retirement in the spring of 1980.

Meryle was a life member of both ISEA and NEA and former member of Osceola Retired Teachers.

Meryle did volunteer work while living in New Virginia. She was the Methodist Church unit secretary and also coordinated funeral dinners. She also worked at the craft shop called “The Hen House,” held different offices in Women’s Relief Corp, and visited Knoxville Veteran’s Hospital.

While in Osceola, she volunteered at the gift and snack shop at Clarke County Hospital and worked at Clarke County Historical Society Museum. She was the secretary for Christian Church’s Faith Unit. She was also a member of Sarah Rebekah Lodge and part of Past Noble Grand Club.

Meryle is survived by her daughter Barbara Mae (Jerry) Chadwick of Osceola; grandchildren, Lorie (Brad) Howe of Osceola, Angela (Dan Buckingham) Willke and Gabriella “Gabe” (Darvin) Leeps, all of Van Wert, Kevin (Carol) Gull of Colfax, Khris (Libby) Gull of Ames, Tammy (Charles) Flowers of Cedar Rapids, Patty Chadwick of Ozark, Mo., and Peggy (Mick) Anderson of Lexington, Okla.; great-grandchildren, Sara (Will Noble) Hiatt, Brittany (Jake McComas) Hiatt and Skylar Johnson, all of Osceola, Tyler Willke of Ames, Dusty Willke of Van Wert, Jake, Harley and Charley Leeps, all of Van Wert, Devin (Ashley) Mason and Wyatt Gull, all of Colfax, Casey (Jerry) Graham of Denver, Colo., Jacque Graham of Ozark, Mo., Nicolas Anderson, Tabatha (Jory) Perry and Taylor Anderson, all of Oklahoma, Lilly, Kayden, Nathan, Natalie, Noah and Nicholas Gull, all of Ames; great-great grandchildren, Blaine Cornelison, William Noble, Zoey and Brooklynn Mason, Ethan McComas, Saige Cornelison and Dallas McComas; sisters, Margaret Alley of Osceola and Shirley (Lewis) Harrell of Eldora, other relatives and many friends.

Meryle was preceded in death were her parents, husband, daughter Mary Lou Gull, great-granddaughter Tommie Mae Leeps, sister Gladys Weaklend; and sons-in-law, Otto Gull Jr. and “Butch” Atkinson.

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