Nona Belle Ludwig was born on August 15, 1932 to Jon and Maud Winkle, in Sheridan, Arkansas.

After high school in Loyalton, she attended Business College, becoming a legal secretary until her retirement from the law firm of Harland and Gromala in 1990. She enjoyed cooking, especially baking. She delighted family, friends and neighbors with cakes, pies and cookies. She was noted by her children’s friends for her chocolate gravy and biscuits on Sunday mornings. She and her husband, Wes, shared the joy of cooking and had the best stocked freezer in the neighborhood.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Juanita Colpitts, her son Larry Jay Kitchen, and great grandson Sage. She is survived by her sister Betty Moore Rutherford of McKinleyville, her children Nola Lionberger (Dennis) of Grants Pass, Oregn, Jon Reames (Rita) of Panama, Okla., Kathi Hendricks (Dennis) of Eureka and Jeffrey Kitchen (Kay) of Eureka.

She is also survived by her step daughters, Val Slaughter (Bob ) of McMinnville, Oreon and Janelle Benson of Stokers Siding, Australia, and their father, her beloved, Wesley Ludwig of McKinleyville.

She is also survived by her grandchildren Jessica Burks (James) and their children Jammy, Alexis, Ethan and Bo; Jennifer Elmore (Clinton) and her children Taylor, Jay and grandchild Jonah; Jana Campbell (Vallard III) and her children Luke Butler and Trea Jamison, Katie and Vallard Campbell IV, and Jana’s grandchild Vallard V, all of Oklahoma; Megan (Buddy) Bartholomy and their children Zane and Kira of Sacramento; Bradley (Satmander) Lionberger and their children Lily and Sky of Folsom; Jeffrey (Kay) Kitchen, Eureka and their children Jonathon (Mary) of Medford, and Nikki Kitchen of Eureka; Ian Hendricks, (Kathrina) of McKinleyville. Her step-grandchildren are Carly (Brent) of Nepal, India, Christopher Bryan of Lake Tahoe, and Mathew Benson of Australia, and Ryan and Travis Slaughter of McMinnville, Oregon. She is also survived by five nephews, Michael and Randy Moore, David and Calvin Storie and Brian Colpitts.

She died on March 1, 2021 from complications following a stroke. Her last days were filled with family, including her granddaughter Jana from Oklahoma filling her personal care needs. She was loved deeply and will be missed by all. Per her wishes, no services will be held.


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