Ramona Lee (Mona) Hess

Ramona (Mona) Lee Hess passed away on Friday, October 19th in Hayden, Idaho. She was 83 years old. Mona was born November 23, 1928 in Brainerd, Minnesota. She was the youngest of four girls born to Ernest George and Ruth Aroaha (Vester) Roth.

Mona earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota in 1950. She had a love of literature, and was known throughout her life for her habit of sprinkling her conversation with literary quotes and sayings. After graduating from college, she married George Hess, also of Brainerd, and they promptly moved to California in order to escape the "confounded Minnesota winters." After a few years in southern California, they eventually settled in Yuba City, where they raised their four children. Mona earned her teaching credential from CSU, Chico and was an educator with the Yuba City Unified School District for 43 years. She taught at Nuestro, Lincrest, Bridge Street, and Barry schools, and is remembered fondly by countless students, whose lives she touched.

Mona was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Yuba City, the American Association of University Women, CA Retired Teachers Association, and Friends of The Sutter County Library. In her retirement, she enjoyed volunteer work, playing bridge, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1988, and by a sister, Patricia Anfinson of Benson, Minnesota, earlier this year.

She is survived by her sisters, Ruthie Waller of Vancouver, WA, and Rosemary Rodewald, of Sparks, NV; her four children, Chris (David) of Portland, OR, Karen (Ben) of Rocklin, CA, Eric of Yuba City, and Amy (Dave) of Hayden, ID; her grandchildren Caity, Matt, Kelsey, Erin, Geoff, Griffith, Kiersten, Hannah, Tami & David; great grandchildren Brennan, Jaylin and David; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mona's life will take place at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1390 Franklin Road, Yuba City, CA at 11:00am on Saturday, November 17th.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to AAUW Tech Trek Science Camp Scholarship Fund for local 7th & 8th grade girls. Please send donations payable to AAUW-CA SPF (Special Project Fund) and mailed to AAUW, P.O. Box 3031, Yuba City, CA 95992.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Oct. 27, 2012