She was born on Sept. 5, 1922 at Arlington, to Allie and Maudie Simmonds Clark. She grew up on a family farm near Pretty Prairie and attended schools there. The family moved to Galesburg when she was a teenager where she attended Galesburg High School.
She and Carl Kramer were married on June 16, 1939 at Haven. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 1988. She later married John Cole. He preceded her in death in the summer of 1998.
She and Carl farmed near Galesburg for many years. In addition to being a farmwife she was also a homemaker. She and Carl moved to Galesburg in 1967 when they retired from farming. She moved to Woodridge Estates in 2008 and then to the Presbyterian Manor in 2009.
Iona enjoyed gardening, canning, and flowers. She also baked wedding cakes for her family and friends.
She was a member of the Galesburg United Methodist Church. She was active in the church women’s group, she also taught Sunday school classes, and was a youth leader.
Her survivors include one son, John Kramer and his wife, Janet, rural Galesburg; two daughters, Judy Farber and her husband, Greg, Derby and Joyce Ubben and her husband, Jeff, Rose Hill; a daughter-in-law, Lois Kramer, rural Galesburg; 11 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Kramer, on Jan. 9, 2002 and three sisters.
Funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the Galesburg United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Galesburg. Friends may call the Carson-Wall Funeral Home at their convenience. Memorials are suggested to the Galesburg United Methodist Church or to the Galesburg Relief Fund and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralserivces.com