In Memory of

Gayle Ann Cedar

March 11, 1953 - September 10, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA

Gayle Ann Cedar, the daughter Beverly O’Connor, was born March 11, 1953, in Sioux City, IA.  Her early childhood years were spent in Sioux City. The family moved to Cherokee, IA when she was in grade school and she graduated from Washington High School in 1971.  After graduation, Gayle attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Art Education.

Gayle was united in marriage to Jim Cedar on May 25, 1974, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. They resided in Freeman, SD where she taught K-12 Art and Spanish. They moved to Cherokee, Iowa in 1977. Gayle taught in Marcus for eight years, and in 1987 started teaching in the Cherokee Community School District until her retirement in 2010.

She was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee, where she served on the Board of Trustees and was an Elder.  Gayle was a member of Chapter EE of PEO, helped deliver meals on wheels, a board member at the Cherokee Work Activity Center, an Election Official, a member of the Chi Omega sorority, and was an active member at the Cherokee Country Club where she helped to maintain and keep the swimming pool running.

Affectionately known as Señora or Mima, she held a special place in the hearts of so many.  Gayle was an avid golfer. She spent countless summers with her children, Natalie and Mike at the golf course teaching them how to play golf and swim.  She also enjoyed quilting, calligraphy and painting. Gayle loved to travel. She always looked forward to the Spanish Club trips that she and Jim would take to chaperone her students.  She had been to every corner of Mexico and many places around the world. Gayle thoroughly enjoyed spending time at their lake house in Okoboji with countless family members and friends, whom she loved dearly.

On September 10, 2018, Gayle passed away at Unity Point Hospital in Sioux City, IA, surrounded by her family.  She was preceded in death by her dad, M.C. "Chi" Anderson; and her father and mother-in-law, Paul and Marilyn Cedar.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jim; mother, Beverly; daughter, Natalie (Jared) Barkley of Cherokee and son, Mike Cedar of Des Moines; grandchildren, Elise and Calista Erlandson and Maddox Barkley; one sister, Linda (Keith) Johnson of Cincinnati; and many other relatives and friends.

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Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 17, 2018, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Cherokee Schools which will be used to benefit things dear to Gayle.
Pastor Eric Wright
Dale Bartel
Don Tisthammer
Mark Braunschweig
Kim Aduddell
Mick Starcevich
Mike Taylor
Delmar Mogenson
Mark Patterson
Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Pianist- Randi Erlandson
Oak Hill Cemetery 
Cherokee, Iowa


Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1:09 PM
“So sorry for your loss. I can still see her bright smiling face standing in the hallway at school waiting to greet everyone as the walked by. God gained an amazing angel to help watch over her loved ones. May your cherished memories get you through this very tough time. ”
- Ashley Miller
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 11:50 AM
“Jim With a-heavy heart John and I are truly sadden by your loss. We can not express how fortunate we were to have met you and Gayle you touched our lives in a very short time. You and your family our in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Cindy and John Auffart
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 11:50 AM
“You will always carry Gayle's beautiful smile and her love for you all in your hearts. Your memories from over the years will comfort you, as she is truly with you every step of the way. ”
- Dick and Judy Bierman
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 11:50 AM
“Sorry for your loss and prayers gor your family. Was my favorite teacher ! ”
- Todd Pearson
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:22 PM
Gayle was a wonderful and fine woman. I always appreciated her view of the wild and generally unruly life we were living at the time...she grounded both of us. I will always remember her smile and the love she had for you. A great woman. I'm here if you need me... 281 622 0258 or

Your Friend and center Always, Dave Stratton”
- Dave Stratton
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:22 PM
“Gayle was one of the nicest people I have ever met and she always had a smile on her face and was so positive. Her outlook on life and how she treated people she came in contact with was something I always admired about her. Your family is in my thoughts.
- Todd Williams
Friday, September 14, 2018 at 1:03 PM
“To Jim and your whole family. Our hearts go out to you these days since Gayle's illness and death. We pray God's blessings for you all, blessings of comfort, peace, strength for each day and eventually joy again that good memories can bring. May you all be surrounded with love. Sincerely, Bob and Joan Franklin ”
- Bob and Joan Franklin
Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10:09 AM
“Our sincere condolences to the family over the loss of your loved one. Gayle will be missed but never forgotten!”
- Jeff and Queta Fishman
Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 9:13 AM
“Our prayers and sympathy to Jim and family. Our heart is broken to hear about the loss of Gayle. She was an artistic, bubbly friend that we will dearly miss. God bless Jim, Mike, Natalie and all of their family members.”
- Alan Hausmann
Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 8:32 AM
“Gayle was an amazing inspiration to so many and will be missed by all.. God has gained a beautiful soul in Heaven and she will now be watching over Jim,children and grandchildren . We continue to pray for you all ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™”
- Karmen & Jamie Hodgdon
Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 8:32 AM
“Sending our deepest sympathy to everyone. Gayle was such a bright light in this world and she will be greatly missed.”
- Linda and Duane Christensen
Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 8:32 AM
“Our sympathies to Gayle's family during this difficult time. Know that Gayle touched many lives and brought smiles to people you don't even know. In high school, she drew a wonderful picture of my little sister, Laurie, for my Granda Wheeler. It hung in my Grandma's apartment above Greenwood Funeral home until she moved- a long time. I now have that special drawing and will smile each time I see it- appreciating Gayle's kindness and sharing of her talents. She was a wonderful classmate and friend. I am thankful to have shared some good times with her. In Sympathy, Kathy/Kate Diltsi”
- Kathy/Kate (Wheeler) Dilts
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 8:59 AM
“via con dios Gayle”
- Steve Conley
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 8:59 AM
“Mrs. Cedar was such an amazing teacher, she is one of the reasons I pursued a degree in education. She treated everyone so kindly! Her love for her family was unmatched, and I know your grief is very strong right now. She will continue to watch over all of you every day! Many prayers and hugs to all of you.”
- Stacey (Prokop) VanBeek
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 8:59 AM
“Gail was a wonderful woman. She will be missed. Sympathy and prayers to your family. ”
- Lorna Leavitt
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 8:59 AM
“I was heartbroken hearing of Gayleโ€™s death. She truly was a woman of faith... because of that she is now enjoying her eternal life. I will always remember what a dear friend she was to me and how she opened her home and her heart to all of us, her friends and classmates!
My deepest sympathy to Jim, Michael, Natalie and family. Praying God holds you close during this very challenging and difficult time. God bless each of you!
With sympathy and love,
Rhonda ”
- Rhonda File Vredenburg
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 11:43 AM
“Beautiful Gayle fought cancer so valiantly. An outstanding woman of faith, love, and courage. As a Christian, she won and is with Jesus. Now, we pray for your precious, precious family at this time. So thankful that nothing stops God's love, and that we believers know without question that we will see Gayle again.
-Stacie and family”
- Stacie Ruth Stoelting Hudzinski
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