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Nelda Elaine Grage, 80, Nevada (formerly of State Center)

Nelda Elaine Grage, 80 of Nevada, formerly of State Center, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines.

Nelda was born July 2, 1943, in Detroit, MI, delivered by her grandmother and midwife, Florence Cummings. She graduated from Green County Tech in Paragould, AR and was united in marriage to Jens C. Grage on October 19, 1967. Nelda worked as a hairdresser in her early years but devoted most of her life to being a housewife and raising a family.

Nelda attended First Presbyterian Church in State Center. She had a love of turtles and amassed a vast collection of turtles given to her over the years from her family and friends. Nelda also loved collecting antiques, fashion, jewelry and shopping. She would never pass up a good bargain. She enjoyed working in the yard planting flowers and pulling weeds. Nelda loved her family and especially loved to be with her grandkids and great grandkids.

Nelda is survived by her husband, Jens of Nevada; her children: Tony (Vicky) Grage of Paragould, AR, Traci (Wes) Hubbard of Nevada and Thomas Grage of Nevada; her grandchildren, Alex (Lili) Pruckler and Asia (Tim) Olson; her great grandchildren, Emma and Brinley Olson; and her sister, Brenda Chandler of Jonesboro, AR. She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Brett Lee Grage; and her great-nephew, Chandler Austin.

A private family service will be held, and a celebration of life will be planned for the summer.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital.

Rasmusson-Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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