Cleda I. Dugger, 98, of Oskaloosa died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa.
She was born April 4, 1915, at Cantril, the daughter of Homer C. and Dora Mae Adams Wells. She graduated from the Cedar High School with the class of 1934. Following graduation Cleda worked as a home health provider for an elderly couple in Oskaloosa. On April 8, 1935, she was united in marriage to William Sampson at Memphis, Mo. To this union 3 daughters were born: Ilo Mae, Iris, and Carol. Together they farmed east of Oskaloosa; at one time Cleda had a laying hen operation that exceeded 500 hens. Later in life, she completed beauty school and operated a beauty shop out of her home. She also worked for a time at Graham’s Department Store in Oskaloosa. William died on June 10, 1974. Shortly after the death of her husband, Cleda retired from Graham’s. In retirement, she enjoyed many summers working at a gift shop in Estes Park, Colo. On March 19, 1980, she was united in marriage to Edward M. Dugger in Eldon; he died June 27, 1988. She was a member of the Delta Christian Church, Rose Hill Neighborhood Club, and the Eastern Star. When her children were young she served many years as a 4-H leader. She enjoyed traveling and taking photos, painting and collecting owls. Later in life, she enjoyed visiting with friends and playing BINGO.
Her family includes her two daughters Iris Wolfe and Carol (and Jerry) Gay, all of Oskaloosa; a son-in-law, Loren Utterback; 10 grandchildren, Rob (and Kelly) Green, Dennis Utterback, Denise (and Steve) Ferrell, Linda (and Bill) Garrison, Darla (and Frank) Calvert, Danita Carter, Christy (and Darren) Luers, Wade (and Kim) Robbins, Debbie (and Michael) Spires, and Sam (and Maisi) Maas; 20 great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; a step daughter, Colleen Deitrich, of Sigourney; a brother, Dwight (and Dorothy) Wells, of Blakesburg; two sisters, Hazel Cline of Loveland, Colo., and Olive (and Jr.) Findley, of Waukee; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her two husbands, Cleda was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Ilo Mae Utterback; a granddaughter, Rebecca Wolfe; a stepson, Clyde Dugger; three brothers, Cecil Wells, Leonard Wells and Howard Wells; and two sisters, Ethel Wells and Elva Wells.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Lois Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Tioga Cemetery east of Oskaloosa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Friday morning after 10 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 6-8 Friday evening to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the MHP Hospice Serenity House.