Ethel Orona


Ethel M. Orona, 84, of Ottumwa died at 8:40 a.m. November 5, 2022 at Azria Health Park Place in Des Moines.

She was born April 13, 1938 in Ottumwa to Raymond and Edna Taylor Bower. She married Robert L. Orona on April 3, 1971 in Unionville, MO and he preceded her in death on September 4, 1998.

A 1956 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Ethel had worked in dietary at Ottumwa Regional Health Center and Good Samaritan Center and was the dietary supervisor at Sunnyslope until its closing in May of 2000.

Surviving are two daughters, DeAnna Waddle of Ottumwa and Paula Bix of Des Moines; 11 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn Ruby of Palo and Dot Stevens of Ottumwa; and a brother, Kenny Bower of Ottumwa.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Le Ann Fiedler and Brenda Kay Millard; a son, Jeffrey Lee Orona; a granddaughter, Angela Luce; a brother, Gary Bower; and her parents.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 9th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, November 10th at Reece Funeral Home with Dan Smith officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Camelot Towers Activity Fund or Heartland Humane Society.

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