Ramona “Mona” Wilkerson, 67, of Davenport, IA, departed her loving family on Friday, January 19, 2024, at her home.
Ramona was born in Davenport, IA on November 2, 1956, to Alfred and Earline (Ravis) Judge.
Ramona was the proud mother of Ravis and Jami and raised her daughters with love and devotion in Davenport, IA.
Throughout her life, Ramona had different professional interests. She was a store manager for Dolly Madison Bakery, where she was lovingly known as “The Bread Lady” and gave many neighborhood children their first jobs. She fulfilled her dream of owning a restaurant when she opened Mona’s Corner Cafe in Lowden, IA in 2004. She became a part of the Rock Island Arsenal as a cafe manager and could be heard daily telling civilians, soldiers, and officers alike to “move along”. As a Shelter Monitor for Humility Homes and Services, Ramona was known for her kind, giving, and compassionate nature; and the belief that given enough tough love and second chances people could be their best selves.
It goes without saying, Ramona was most proud of her family and faith. Her sister Mary Lou was also her best friend, and she cherished the time they spent together. She overflowed with pride and love for her children and grandchildren and did her best to guide them through life the best way she knew how. She was a devoted Catholic, who enjoyed attending mass at Holy Family Catholic Church. It was her faith that gave her the strength to stand up for what was right and for herself.
Her hobbies centered around people. She never knew a stranger and you never felt like one when she was around. In a single conversation she knew you, your children, and everyone’s favorite food. Before you said your goodbyes there was a plate of cupcakes in your hand and she tried at least once to convince you to be a Green Bay Packers fan and you were calling her “Aunt Mona”. All she needed to be happy were her family, friends, a Blue Moon with “just a little bit of orange juice”, a good Ribeye, a Diet Coke, an ABBA song, and a saltshaker.
Those left to honor her memory include her daughters Ravis (Roberto) Garcia and Jami Thomas; grandchildren Shannon McNeal, Amil Combs and Mia Combs; siblings Mary Lou Schall and Maureen Heck; and many loving nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.
Aside from the children she doted on, Ramona is survived by honorary son Ronald Combs, honorary granddaughter Olivia “Libby” Combs, honorary grandson Cederick “Rico” Thomas, and honorary great-grandson Amias O’Neil. As well as her loving extended Missouri family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Patricia Brown and honorary brother, Noel Komasa.
A time of sharing will be held at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 2:00pm. Visitation will be held from 1:00pm until the time of sharing at the funeral home. Ramona will be laid to rest alongside her parents during a private burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in the Spring. Memorials may be made to the family.