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Martha Gracellen Ricklefs

1945 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Martha Gracellen Ricklefs Obituary
Martha Gracellen Ricklefs passed away on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Phoenix, Arizona. Her husband, Neil Ricklefs was at her side.

Martha Gracellen Ricklefs (Forde) was born in Decorah Iowa on February 13 1945 to Gerhard Forde and Ruth-Agnes Forde (Keefe). Marti graduated from Decorah High School in 1963 and subsequently attended AIB in Des Moines. Neil and Marti were married in 1973. She worked at Bankers Life, now Principal Financial Group, Equitable of Iowa, taught Arts and Crafts for Easter Seals of Iowa at Camp Sunnyside and was Secretary to the Iowa State Legislature in Des Moines. Subsequent to Neil's retirement they made their home in Estes Park Colorado where she worked for hotels and downtown shops. Neil and Marti also had a home in Sun Lakes Arizona and spent half their time in Colorado and the other half in Arizona.
Marti was very fortunate to have family, not just all over the US, but all over the world too.
She is survived by her Husband Neil and her two sons, John (San Francisco, CA) and Adam (Clive, IA). On Marti's side of the family she is survived by her Sister Barbara Forde (Des Moines, IA), Niece Chelsea Adams (Decorah, IA), Brother Kent Forde, his wife Pam (De Soto, MO), and Niece Kelli Forde (League City, TX). On Neil's side she is survived by Merle and Margret (Sydney, Australia) and two nephews: Charles (Sydney Australia), and Norman (UAE, Dubai).
She will be missed by all her friends and family.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Dec. 21, 2013
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