Our beloved mother; Vaudys Medelle Lonergan; was born to Eternal Life June 24, 2010.
Her death occurred at Kivel Manor Group Home in Phoenix, AZ.
She was born Vaudys Maurer, November 26, 1920 in Sumner, Iowa to Ed and Mabel Maurer. She married Melbourne E. Lonergan December 5, 1942 in Pratt, Kansas, where he was stationed before duty on the island of Saipan. They were the proud parents of 4 children.
Mom was a hairdresser; owning her own salons over the years; until her retirement. Life for our mother didn't happen in black and white. She lived it in living color to the end. After leaving Waterloo in 1969 with her two younger children, she headed west to Phoenix, Arizona to start a new life. With her hands she continued her career as a master at razor cutting. Her last years were spent making client’s fingers and toes beautiful. Her humor was what drew people to her. We always said she should have been on the stage. She brought a smile and laugh to many. At her last residence, Kivel Campus Care; she enjoyed a good game of Zingo. She loved good food and knew all the best restaurants.
The legacy she leaves is her 4 children that love her dearly. Larry Lonergan (Cheri) Oceanside, CA, Pamela Krikke (Scott) Hudsonville, Mi., Jane Lonergan Mesa, Az. and David Lonergan (Gia) Phoenix, Az.; grandchildren, Kate Eldean, Eric Lonergan (Preceded June 13, 2010), Matt Eldean, Anna Peters, Ryan Lonergan; great grandchildren, Cionne Lonergan and Kellan Eldean; and sister, Ardys (Warren) Weltge of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
She is preceded in death by her mother, father, two brothers (Virgil and Dalton) and sister (Gloria Chasky).
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 29, 2010, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Chapel in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. Jim Ites officiating. Interment will be at Wilson Grove Cemetery, Sumner. Friends may call for one hour preceding services at the funeral home on Thursday.
Thank-you to Kivel Campus Care, Phoenix, Az. for loving our mother and looking out for her for the years she was a resident.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cornerstone Hospice or a hospice in your community.