Raelene Best — Indianola
Memorial services for Raelene Best, 63, who passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, will be held 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 10 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Indianola with burial of cremains following in the Indianola I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Visitation will be held 4 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9 at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola where family will be present to greet friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Raelene Best grew up in the southwest Iowa town of Sharpsburg where she attended school from K–6th grade, Lenox and Sharpsburg consolidated schools when she was in 6th grade, and she graduated from Lenox Community High School in 1968. She attended the University of Northern Iowa from 1968 – January, 1970, and transferred to Simpson College where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education in 1972. She then attended the University of Northern Iowa where she earned the Master of Arts degree in music in 1976. Raelene taught K–12 vocal music at Union-Whitten for 2 years and junior high vocal music at Brody Junior High in Des Moines for 5 years.
Raelene and Denis Best were married at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Indianola, in 1979 and she has lived in Indianola since then. She is survived by her husband, children David Best of Des Moines, Sara, married to Miguel Garcia, and granddaughter Natalia Garcia of Johnston, IA. She is also survived by four sisters and their spouses: Linda and Fred Woolley of Papillion, NE, Kathy of Port Orchard, WA, Sue and Keith Borcherding of Redfield, IA, Jan and Richard Sickels, Lenox, IA; as well as two brothers and their spouses: Jim and Karen Beach of Muscatine, IA, Tim and Cynthia Beach of Lacey, WA, many nieces, nephews, and cousins and her Aunt Jo Walter, Lenox, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents Bill (1983) and Patricia (1998) Beach of Lenox, IA and brothers, Jerry (1959) and Bob (2004).
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