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Patricia Ruth (Corll) Straight was born to Charlie and Margaret (George) Corll in Decatur County, IA on June 4, 1933. She was welcomed home by sister, Mary.
From the time Pat was big enough, Mary had her on a horse. This remained a life long passion. They also raised and competed coon hounds. Pat continued to raise dogs and horses until her health wouldn’t let her do it anymore. She loved all animals, plants and all of nature: except for snakes!
Pat married Monte Straight and to this union they were blessed with Danny, Jerry, Debbie and Randie Straight.
Pat enjoyed being a military wife and traveling to Germany and France where Jerry and Debbie were born. She traveled back to Washington State on a ship by herself with the three youngsters in tow. The two toddlers, only being 11 months apart, were put into harness and leash, so she wouldn’t lose them. The family later moved to Kellerton, IA and welcomed Randie to the home. Pat worked with her sister, Mary, and nephew, Rodnie, at Kelley’s Kennels in the breeder/broker business until the three older siblings were grown. The remainder of her working career was caring for people at the Ringgold County Hospital, Ringgold County Public Health and after retirement she continued to do in-home care for the elderly.
In 1968, Pat met Chet Waller and welcomed his children, Barbara, Michael, Theresa and Susan to the family. This brought lots of love and fun times, especially at the farm. They always made Christmas Eve a special event where the entire family came together under one roof. This gathering became even greater with the joy of grandkids. Chet passed away in 1998.
Pat has spent the last 18 years of her life with Richard O’Dell, who loved and cared for her like she’d never known. They enjoyed trips out west to many states and seen things she had only dreamed about.
Pat passed away March 22, 2019 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center where she touched many lives in her short stay there.
Preceding her in rest are her parents; son, Jerry Straight; spouse, Chet Waller; sister, Mary, and brother-in-law, Wayne Kelley; niece, Gloria Kelley; grandson, Zachary Becker and great granddaughter, Raija Straight.
Left to carry on her memory are Richard O’Dell; children, Danny (Pam) Straight, Debbie (Terry) Munyon, Randie (Dave) Ross, Barbara Waller, Michael Waller, Theresa (Dave) Pearce and Susan (Joe) Becker; grandchildren, Heath Straight, Toni Straight, P.J. West, Micki (Josh) Daniels, Matthew Munyon, Brandon Pearce, Tyler Becker, Megan Pearce, Waylon Hill and Sierra and Cassidy Becker; 14 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; nephew, Rodnie Kelley, and many friends through the years.
Services were held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA. Burial will be held at a later date in Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton. Honorary casketbearers were her grandchildren, Heath Straight, Toni Straight, P.J. West, Micki Daniels, Matthew Munyon, Brandon Pearce, Tyler Becker, Megan Pearce, Waylon Hill and Cassidy Becker.
A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later. Online condolences may be left at

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