Inez May Tabberson Rodning, age 92, of Arizona, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016.
She was born March 13, 1923, in Rochester, MN, and grew up in Lyle, MN, where her father was a Lutheran minister and her mother a teacher-author.
Inez received a bachelor of science degree in home economics, with a minor in child development, from St. Olaf College in Northfield. Shortly thereafter, while working on a master’s degree at Iowa State University in Ames, IA, she met and married Kenneth Tabberson, a student at the veterinary college.
After graduation, Inez and Kenneth began their life together in Gresham, OR, but longed to return to the Midwest, where they both called home. They settled in Cokato, where Ken established a successful large and small animal practice.
Inez and “Doc” raised two girls, Ruth and Lois, in Cokato.
Throughout 32 years as residents of Cokato, Inez was very active in the community, where she was elected the first woman on the local Lutheran church board, and the second woman elected to the Cokato School Board.
In 1984, when Doc retired, they moved to Sun City West, AZ, where Inez continued to share her talents with the local business community, as a sales associate at her son-in-law and daughter’s jewelry store, Anderson Fine Jewelers.
Ken passed away in 1988.
In 1993, Inez met and married Selmer Rodning of Sun City, who was also originally from Minnesota. They had 15 very happy years together, traveling, golfing and serving their church, American Lutheran of Sun City, in many leadership capacities.
Selmer taught Inez the game of golf when she was 70 years old, and he was such a good teacher that she shot two holes-in-one! Selmer passed away in 2009.
Inez was currently living at Desert Winds Independent Living in Peoria, AZ, where she made many friends and had many happy times.
She is survived by two brothers, Philip and Milford; daughters Ruth Anderson (Randy), and Lois Gray (Richard), of Denver, CO; three grandchildren, Remington Anderson, Amanda Gray, and Sheila Gray Haggard; as well as two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services took place Thursday, March 17 at 1 p.m. at American Lutheran Church in Sun City, AZ. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Arrangements were with Sunland Mortuary in Sun City, AZ.