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Ardyth Sue ‘Ardy’ Cherry

Dec 11, 2007

TROY MILLS–Funeral services for Ardyth Sue “Ardy” Cherry, 74, of Troy Mills and formerly of Emmet County, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at Troy Mills Christian Church with the Rev. James Wolfe officiating. Interment will be held at the Troy Mills Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. today at Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Marion.

She died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at St. Luke’s Hospital after a four-year battle with Aplastic Anemia.

Ardy was born June 18, 1933, the daughter of Kalmer and Louise (Oleson) Randa on the family farm in rural Emmet County. She grew up in northwestern Iowa and attended Waldorf College in Forest City, receiving her associate degree. In 1951, she went with her parents when they relocated to San Bernardino, Calif., where she taught kindergarten at Highland Lutheran Church School. She later attended Upper Iowa University where she received her B.A. degree. Ardy married Raymond Forrest Cherry on March 21, 1953, at Highland Lutheran Church. Raymond was stationed in San Diego at the time of their marriage. They then moved to Walker, Raymond’s hometown, where she taught kindergarten and later junior high at Troy Mills School.

She worked for Bob Zimmerman Ford for 20 years before becoming a Realtor for Skogman Realty, where she still has listings and closings pending. She was a member of the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors (CRAAR) where they have created a high school scholarship fund in Ardy’s honor.

Dearest to her heart was her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her delight and joy in other people will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Ray; her three children; Michael (Kim) Cherry and Raelyn of Marion, and Alyssa, Troy, and Robyn Cherry, all of Phoenix; Randa (Bob Caskey) Cherry of Cedar Rapids and their two “cat” children, Ariel and Gabriel; and Marc (Dawn) Cherry and their children, Spencer and Canon, who reside on the Cherry Family Century Farm in Troy Mills. In addition, Ardy has a great-grandchild, Adrian, born to Alyssa in 2004.

Also surviving are her siblings, LuVerne (Joan) Randa of Hemet, Calif.; Marlys (Bob) Brown of Oelwein; Karel (Buddy) Buice of Swannannoa, N.C., and Kathi (Garry) Brown of Nuevo, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the scholarship fund established in Ardy’s memory at CRAAR or to Troy Mills Christian Church.

Please sign the online guest book for Ardy at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.