Rada Lee Diamond

Rada Lee Diamond, 96, of Conrad, Iowa, passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Unity Point Hospital in Grundy Center under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice Care.

Funeral services for Rada were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Community Church in Whitten, Iowa, with Pastor Jim Hartman officiating. Public visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the Creps Abels Funeral Home located at 905 Edgington Ave, Eldora, Iowa 50627. Following her services on Monday, Rada will be laid to rest at the Eldora City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed in Rada’s name to her family, which will be later designated elsewhere. For further information to leave a condolence please visit www.abelsfuneralhomes.com or call (641) 858-2181. Creps Abels Funeral Home is caring for Rada and her family.

Rada Lee Manning was born on June 17, 1926, in Tipton, Okla., to Ed and Ella (Burgess) Manning in a little country clinic. Rada spent the next 18 years on the Manning farmstead working and picking cotton at a very young age. She also learned her gardening skills as a young girl, picking many bushels of black-eyed peas, canning, freezing and baking many pies and cakes.

Rada graduated from Tipton High School where she spent all 12 years. After graduation in 1944, she went to work at the Frederick, Okla., air base as a clerk typist until the base closed. That’s where she met her husband, Roy Diamond of 71 years. The couple was united in marriage on April 22, 1945, in Oklahoma. From this union two sons were born: Don and Dave. Roy passed away in May of 2016. Rada made the move to Iowa in 1945 when she and Roy got married.

She lived on the Diamond Family Farm for 76 years except for a short time at Creekside Nursing Home. Rada was known for having the cleanest garden and most beautiful flowers anywhere. She also raised chickens and milked cows and walked plenty of bean fields in her years. Rada was known as the “tough old gal” by all of her doctors.

Left to cherish her memory are her two sons: Don (Connie) Diamond and Dave (Marge) Diamond; two grandsons: Tony (Lisa) Diamond and Tim (Robbyn) Diamond; four great-grandchildren: Madison, Rhett, Claire and Colton as well as one great-great-grandchild, Myra.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Diamond; parents, Ed and Ella Manning, and her siblings, John, Imogene, Tommie and Rayford “Pete”.

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