Neoma Geraldine Starnes

Neoma Geraldine Starnes

Neoma Geraldine Starnes

Cedar Rapids

Neoma Geraldine Starnes, 90, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 3, 2023, with family by her side at Mercy Hallmar after a long illness. A celebration of life will be planned for the family at a future date.

She was born May 17, 1933, to the late Charles and Beatrice (Kehoe) Orr and was raised by the late Robert and Virginia Swain in Cedar Rapids. She graduated with honors from Roosevelt High School in 1950. She was united in marriage in San Diego to her high school sweetheart, Duane Starnes, in June 1951.

Family was the center of her life, starting with her husband Duane, then raising her beloved five sons. She enjoyed traveling with Duane, whether it be traveling abroad or going to visit her kids and grandkids and attending all their activities. She was a member of T.T.T. and a member of St. Paul Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She also spent time volunteering at hospitals. She was a passionate gardener, an excellent cook, a true dog lover, and artistic decorator who made every house a home. To those who knew her, she will be remembered for her Christmas cookies, amazing fruit roll, generosity, graciousness, kindness, love, and beautiful smile. She was one classy lady.

Everyone who knew Neoma has become a better person for having had her in their lives. She was truly an inspiration and will be deeply missed by all.

Neoma is survived by her husband of 72 years, Duane; children, Mike (Sue) of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; Denny (Liz) of Marengo, Ill.; David (Katie) of Avon, N.C.; Bob (Mary) of Wauwatosa, Wis.; and Steve (Julie) of Marion, Iowa; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Neoma was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Kathy Louise of Mt. Pleasant; and her brothers, Rusty and Billy Swain.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy or Alzheimer’s Association, in memory of Neoma Geraldine Starnes.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at


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