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Neomia Jean Foley

February 16, 1932 — May 18, 2024

Sutherland, IA

Neomia Jean Foley, of Sutherland passed away on May 18, 2024 in Sioux City.  The daughter of Merle and Erma (Hoeper) Johnson was born in Ocheyedan, Iowa on February 16, 1932.  She leaves behind a legacy of unwavering faith, resilience, and love.   She was active until the end at 92.

On November 21, 1951, Neomia and Roger Foley, exchanged wedding vows in Sibley, Iowa.  It was a journey together that spanned 64 years.  

 A devoted family woman, Neomia’s children were her pride and joy, and the love for her family extended to her role as a grandmother and great grandmother.  Where most grandparents knitted or cooked or demonstrated their love by sending cards, Neomia created cherished memories by playing games, dancing at random times, and making funny videos with the beloved grandkids.  These moments of laughter and joy captured the essence of her vibrant spirit and her ability to bring happiness to those around her.  Her love of family was so strong that she has not disowned her Republican offspring.

Her strong Catholic faith guided her, offering solace and purpose.  She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Roger, her parents, step-father Orrin Hurlbut, son Rodney, and brothers Myrlin, Vernon, Lloyd, and Layton.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Cynthia Ramirez of Sutherland, IA; Teresa (Jeff) Oglesby of Columbia, MO; Mary (Jack) Palmer of Hills, IA; Patricia (Mark) Sickelka of Peterson, IA; Rebecca (Jane Houtz) of Cedar Rapids, IA; and Richard (Julie) Foley of Ames, IA; sisters-in-law, Shirley Johnson and Judy Foley; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, brother Donald Johnson, best friend Margaret Dau, good friend Tim Aberson, and many other relatives and many friends.

Neomia’s memory will forever live in the hearts of her loved ones. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday June 8, 2024 at 10:30 A.M., at the R. L. Johannsen center in Sutherland, IA  In lieu of flowers, please consider donation to support her granddaughter’s upcoming non-profit aimed at creating trauma-informed community-based care in the Middle East. link:    Link:


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