In Memory of Constance Mead

Constance Mead
Constance Mead
Born: February 16, 1922
Died: June 15, 2017
Age: 95
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Constance Mead
February 16, 1922 - June 15, 2017
From: Nevada, IA | Originally: Colo, IA

Constance G. Mead, age 95, of Nevada and formerly of Colo, Iowa, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Story County Senior Care in Nevada.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at the Colo United Methodist Church in Colo, with Pastor Douglas Harding officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to services.  Burial will follow in the Colo Cemetery. 

Born February 16, 1922, in Roland, Iowa, Constance Geraldine (Highland) Mead was the daughter of Thor and Ida (Olson) Highland.  She was united in marriage to Paul Earnest Mead on December 25, 1940, in Roland, Iowa.  The couple lived in the Colo area where they farmed for 46 years.  Constance was employed at Donnelley Marketing in Nevada, retiring in 1983 after 23 years of service to the company.

She enjoyed embroidery and made treasured quilts and countless tea towel sets.  Constance was known for her fantastic fried chicken and the Sunday dinners she prepared for her family each week.  She and Paul lived for their grandchildren and took great delight in their company, always sending them home with some sort of treat.

Survivors include a son, James Mead of Nevada; a daughter, Geraldine (Dwayne) Gerlach of Nevada; six grandchildren, Randy (Jacob) Gerlach of Polk City, Jackie Burk of Gilbert, Stephanie (Brian) Behm of Columbus, MN, Justin (Olivea) Mead of Des Moines, Jeffrey (Rebecah) Andersen of South Carolina, and Anna Mead Andersen of Nevada; six great-grandchildren, Morgan, Parker, Nicole, Cory, Warren, and Owen; two great-great-grandchildren, Noah and Lily; as well as nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul in 1998; a son, Jackie, in 1962; an infant grandson, Jason Mead; her parents; two sisters, Thordis Christian and Audrey Larson; and two brothers, George Highland and Olaf Highland.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Constance and her family.  Memorials in her memory may be directed to the United Methodist Church, 602 4th Street, Colo, IA  50056.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10:15 AM
“Paul and Connie were such a huge part of our childhood and into adulthood. They were so much more than just neighbors. Always remember them fondly, as well as the babysitting services of Gerri and Dwayne.”
- Hazel Neil (Wengert)
Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:39 AM
“We have great memories of your Mom. Our sympathy to all of you. Ron and Sally Donald”
- Ron Donald and Sally Donald
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2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
United Methodist Church
Colo, Iowa


Pastor Douglas Harding


Randy Gerlach
Brian Behm
Parker Strohbehn
Cory Harmon
Justin Mead
Jake Wagner

Stephanie Behm
Jackie Burk
Nicole Harmon
Anna Mead
Morgan Strohbehn


One hour prior to services
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
United Methodist Church
Colo, Iowa


Stacie Hostetler, Pianist


Colo Cemetery
Colo, Iowa