Ragan, formerly of Sigourney, died on June 15, 2013, at the
Silverado Assisted Living facility in Lake Zurich, Ill., following a
lengthy illness. She was born January 15, 1913, in Dexter, Minn.,
the daughter of Grant Ragan and Eva Fauth Ragan, deceased.
A graduate of Sigourney High School in 1931, she worked as a
legal assistant in Sigourney and Chicago, and then went to
Washington, D.C. to begin her career in the Federal government. A
graduate of Columbia Law College in Washington, D.C., she became
part of the Roosevelt Administration to implement the Social
Security Act of 1935. Her career took her back to Chicago where she
served as the Director of Operations of the Social Security
Administrationís Chicago Payment Center serving the Great Lakes
region of the agency.
She dedicated her life to her career and community service,
including extensive reading of legal publications to the blind,
church life at the Sigourney Christian Church and Third World child
welfare. After returning to Sigourney in 1981 to care for her
mother, Eva Ragan, she moved to Chicago in 2007 to be closer to her
sisters and extended family.
She enjoyed international travel, sports fishing, fine
dining, and spending time with her family. She was a member of the
District of Columbia Bar, the Federal Bar Association, Chicago
Payment Center Retireeís Club, Womenís Club of Sigourney, and the
Sigourney Christian Church.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Krystan Lordahl,
Arnold Lordahl, Var Lordahl (Carol), Jackalyn Noller, Joan Tillman
(Howard), Var Lordahl, Jr. (Tegan) and Kristin Lordahl. She was
preceded in death by her sisters: Vera Lordahl and Twyla Noller,
both formerly of Sigourney.
A memorial service
will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the Sigourney Christian
Church with burial to follow immediately at West Cemetery in
Sigourney. Arrangements are being handled by Holm Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Alzheimerís Association at www.alz.org/donate. Condolences to her family should be addressed to
Krys Lordahl, 3450 N Lake Shore Drive #1615, Chicago, IL. 60657.