BLOOMFIELD: Cleta Berniece Ross Rudd, 98, went home to be with the Lord on May 8, 2012, at the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield. She was born March 8, 1914, in Blakesburg, Iowa, to Charles Thurman and Goldie Thompson Ross. She married George Anson Rudd on March 23, 1941, in Queen City, Missouri. To this union a son, Jack George Rudd, was born. Cleta and George were married for 57 years and were a loving and devoted couple. They lived for most of their married life on their farm near Mark, moving to Bloomfield in 1984. George passed away on June 22, 1998. Cleta graduated from Ottumwa High School and Iowa Success School. Before her marriage, she worked as Secretary/Treasurer of the Morrell’s Employees’ Association, as well as cashier and bookkeeper of the Retail Market at Morrell’s. She founded and ran her own beauty salon and managed the farm for the fourteen years between George’s death and her own. Cleta was a member of the Mark Baptist Church. She accepted the Lord as her Savior in 1933 at Ottumwa High School where the young people of the Open Bible Church were holding a revival meeting and was baptized shortly afterward in the Des Moines River by her brother Kenneth. She loved the Lord. Her favorite Bible verse was John 3:16.
Surviving are her son Jack (Emily Ann Brown); granddaughter Melissa; grandson Ethan; sister-in-law Twila Schultz; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; sisters Hazel (infant), Gladyth Wisecarver Cassill, Ruby Muldoon, Leona Jeffries, and Betty Rudd; brothers Kenneth, Vernon, Wayne, and Ronald (Bud); and special friend, J.D. Graves.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Gary Axtell of the Mark Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at the Bloomfield South Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 9:00 a.m. on Monday with the family present to greet friends from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Mark Baptist Church or Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties.