Obituaries: Connie Rae Gambell

HEDRICK-Connie Rae Gambell, 75, of rural Hedrick, died at 2:19 p.m. November 7, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

She was born March 10, 1944 in Ottumwa to Fred and Lena Pearl McCreery Hayes. Connie married Richard Stanley Gambell on November 30, 1963.

A 1962 graduate of Hedrick High School, she attended the University of Northern Iowa and the Iowa Success School. Connie worked for a brief time at John Deere Ottumwa Works, and then worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier for 32 years.

She was a member of Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Church, and a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star in Hedrick Chapter #362 then Ollie Chapter #549.

Connie enjoyed knitting, crocheting and following her kids and grandkids sporting events.

Surviving is her husband, Stanley; sons, Doug (Christy) Gambell and Brad Gambell both of Hedrick; five grandchildren, Andrew, McKenna, Maci, Haley and Taylor Gambell; three great-grandchildren, Carlie, Carter and Calvin; and a sister, Vicki Lee of Waverly.

Private graveside services and burial  will be in Brooks Cemetery with Pastor Bill Hornback officiating.

Visitation will be open at noon Sunday at Reece Funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Church or Pekin Community School Scholarship Fund.