OBITUARY

Leona Louise Church

April 6, 1924January 2, 2014
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Leona L. Church passed away Jan. 2, 2014 at her home in New Plymouth surrounded by her loving family. Mom was born April 6, 1924 on her parent’s farm near Goodland, KS. She and her twin brother Leo were the youngest of seven children of Louis and Mary Huber. The dust bowl and depression of the 1930’s caused them to lose everything so her parents moved first to Oregon City, OR and eventually settled in Ontario, OR. It was at a Catholic Church dance that she met Joe Church. They married Sept. 12, 1945. Leona will be remembered for her warm and friendly smile, and the unconditional love she gave to her family and friends. Her choice for a career was homemaker and stay-at-home mother, and as far as her 10 children are concerned, she was the best in the world at it. Mom was a wonderful cook and made the best homemade bread anyone ever tasted, in fact at the church auction a loaf of her bread sold for as much as $50 on several occasions. She knew how to prepare large quantities of good food, so it was a perfect fit for her to manage the hot lunch program at Fruitland Schools after her children were gone. She was a true inspiration to all who knew her! Later in life, she enjoyed daily visits from members of her large family, and spending time with treasured friends at the New Plymouth Senior Center. She looked forward to “Seniors” several times a week. Leona was preceded in death by Joe her husband of 52 years, her parents, three sisters and three brothers. She is survived by her children, Larry (Gail) Church, Fruitland; Tom (Ginny) Church, Wilder; Leon (Sue) Church, Amarillo, TX; Kathleen (Mike) Knee, Fruitland; Rosemary Keely, Fruitland; Teresa (Bruce) Garman, Fruitland; Patty (Bob) Dyson, Twin Falls; Jim (Julie) Church, Grangeville; Betty (Charles) Ledington, Midvale; and Irene (Roger) Schmick, Richland, WA; 29 grandchildren, and 39 great-grandchildren. Leona was a devout Catholic and active member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fruitland. A viewing will be from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8th at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fruitland followed by a Rosary. Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9th at Corpus Christi Catholic Church followed by graveside services at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Corpus Christi Parish Building Fund or New Plymouth Senior Center, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661. Services and arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, New Plymouth. Condolences may be made to Leona’s family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2014
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, January 8, 2014
  • Mass of a Christian Burial Thursday, January 9, 2014
REMEMBERING

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Charlie & Helen Connolly

January 11, 2014

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. She raised an amazing family and we know she will be dearly missed.

Jaylene Udlinek

January 10, 2014

My heart goes out to the entire Church family. I am so sorry for your loss. Teresa big hugs to you. Please know your in my thoughts.

Patty Tschirgi Robling

January 10, 2014

Leona always had a smile and a hug and a sincere interest in what was happening in my life. She was a true lady - great mother - wonderful friend. She leaves a great legacy in her family

Doug & Kerry White

January 9, 2014

Your mother always had a friendly word and a sweet smile. My thoughts and prayers go out for all the family.

January 9, 2014

My deepest sympathy for all the family. Your Mom always had a smile and a hello.
Lisa Polley Mio

Gail Abbott

January 9, 2014

I will always remember the sweetest Aunt!We enjoyed so many trips to her home when we were first married 55 years ago!
I am sure she is very happy and now with Joe! God bless all her family today.

Dick & Susan Fisher

January 9, 2014

The people we love shall not be forgotten, instead, cherished moments, funny stories and warm memories will live forever in each of our hearts.

John & Neola (Naher) Nickodemus

January 9, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Treasure your memories.

Ron Cook

January 9, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. Our Grandma Nellie Stephens and our mother Margie Cook always spoke fondly of Leona. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Margie Cook and family.

Ron Cook

January 9, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. Grandma Nellie Stephens and our mother Margie Cook always spoke fondly of Leona. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Margie Cook and family.