Sonora Rose Ricklefs was born August 26, 1993. She was born with two very rare birth defects that affected her heart and lungs. She was given only an 11% chance to live. Sonora was a fighter all the way until the end. She lost her battle to congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension on January 25, 2019.
Sonora attended elementary school in Fort Dodge, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She finished middle school and high school in Sioux Falls and graduated early on the honor role.
Sonora moved back to Fort Dodge with her family in 2012. She mainly worked in the day care field. She dearly loved all children. Sonora was a beautiful soul. She was always a friend to anyone that needed one. She had a love for animals, music, cooking and reading. Sonora could almost always be seen with a smile on her face.
She is survived by her mother, Kristie Allen and fiancé, Kelvin Tyler; father, Michael Rutledge and wife, Gina; sister, Dyshantea Ricklefs; brothers, Torionno Allen; Tru Allen; niece, Kamiah Mosley-Green; grandparents, Duane and Glenda Ricklefs; auntie, DeAnn and uncle Gary Paul; three cousins; great-grandmother, Dorothy Ricklefs and her beloved dog, Lizabeth.
Sonora was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. She touched the lives of so many. Rest in peace and fly high, Bird!
Kristi so sorry for your loss of Sonora. She was a special girl with a special place in my heart. She will be greatly missed. Thank you so much for calling and letting me know that meant so much to me. She read a special young lady with lots to offer
My heart breaks for you guys. Sonora was a sweet kid. I remeber her watching my kiddos from time to time. She was always so good with them. She is going to be missing greatly.
Kristi our condolences to you and your family. Sonora was an amazing gal! She will be greatly missed. From Larry and Michelle and girls. Also condolences about your dad. Its a rough year to start but you are strong and will get through it. My heart aches for you! Take care!
She was a wonderful person.
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