Zada Iona Mowrer


Zada Iona Mowrer

Zada Iona Mowrer

Zada Iona Mowrer, age 96 of Claremont, Illinois passed away at 9:30 p.m., on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.
Iona was born at home on July 26, 1917 in Searcy, Arkansas, the daughter of Finn Mowrer, and Oti (Ott) Mowrer. Iona never married, but opened her home and her heart to the five children of her brother, Forrest, providing care, financial support, and educational opportunities for them over many years.
Iona’s professional teaching career spanned more than 40 years. In 1937 Iona received a two year provisional teaching credential from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and started her first job teaching grades first through eighth at the one room Moore School in Claremont. Iona’s college years coincided with the height of the Great Depression. Ten years later she completed her bachelor’s degree while working every year, living at home to help with the farm work, attending classes in the summer, and taking 2 years off to work as a ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ helping to build airplanes in Detroit, Michigan during WWII. After the war, Iona accepted a position as an elementary physical education specialist in Princeton, Illinois. She completed her Master’s Degree at Washington State University and was offered an instructor’s position in January, 1958 at the University of Nevada, Reno. She spent the next 22 years training and supervising students in elementary physical education, as well as teaching many general activity classes in dance, and individual and team sports. She retired in 1980 as an Associate Professor.
Iona fell in love with the scenery and wide open spaces of the American West where she spent many years camping, fishing, and hiking. She was a member of the Sierra Club in Reno. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, entertaining guests, and lively conversation with everyone she came into contact with. Iona will be sadly missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.
Iona is survived by her brother Richard Mowrer of Claremont, nephews Orville, Charles, Marvin, Christopher and Arlie Mowrer, Robert and Richard Webber, Stanley, Johnny, Darrell, and Daniel Martin and nieces Carolyn Sue Piper, Ellen Thompson, Pam Martin and Judy Schapker. She is also survived by 18 great nieces and nephews as well as numerous great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Finn and Oti Mowrer, one brother Forrest Mowrer, one sister Jessie Martin and one nephew Clifford Mowrer.
Cremation rites will be accorded. Stasi-Grove Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. A graveside memorial service is planned by the family for Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. at the Antioch Cemetery in Claremont. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Claremont Community Center following the memorial service.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Heart Association, or to the Donor’s Choice of charity.
Friends and family can sign Zada’s online guest book at www.stasigrove.com.

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