Leona M. Meyers, 91, passed away May 25, 2013 at Ballard Creek Community in Huxley.
Funeral mass will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 3, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ames. A vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Ballard Creek Community in Huxley. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in St. Paul, MN, along with a memorial mass in St. Paul.
Leona was born June 12, 1921 in Michigan, ND, to Louis and Monica (Hoffarth) Bimler. She married Kenneth R. Meyers on Feb. 21, 1944 in Tacoma, WA. They had two children.
Leona lived a life of loving service to others. As an active member of the Catholic Church, she served in many volunteer capacities over the years. A long-time resident of St. Paul, MN, she did volunteer hospice work. She was also a Eucharistic minister and was grateful to minister to God’s people in this way for 20 years. She was secretary of Women’s Aglow. She was also secretary at the senior housing complex, The Winslow, where she lived for many years.
When she was 65, she bought a used car and learned to drive so she could take ladies to the doctor, grocery store, to visit friends, to churches, or to pick up food at distribution centers for seniors. In this way, she could help people even more. Her fellow residents knew they could always come to her for a greeting card, a button, needle and thread, and such needs of daily living.
She was an avid reader and kept up with current events. She had a lifelong passion for learning and was always curious how things worked. At age 85, she took computer lessons, purchased her own, and used her printer to copy prayers and interesting articles for other residents.
When she was 83, she started her family history and memoirs, and completed the 366-page book at age 88. At age 88, she also penned a short genealogy of the Bimler sons.
She had a lifelong love of animals of all kinds, especially dogs and horses. She loved nature, especially peonies that bloomed around her birthday, and often commented about beautiful trees. She was primarily a homemaker, but also had a variety of jobs over the years. During World War II, she worked in the Twin Cities Ordnance plant making ammunition for the war effort. She volunteered to enter the newly formed Women’s Army Corps (WACs), but was rejected because she wore eyeglasses. She also worked briefly at the Boeing plant in Washington. Later in her life, she did ironing and housecleaning, cleaning for a women’s college, a hospital, and a funeral home, inspected parts at an iron factory, and worked at a rag factory.
She is survived by her daughters, Joannie (Jim) Dooley of Huxley, Iowa, and Jeanene (Beauford “Butch”) Kleidon of St. Paul; a granddaughter, Jennifer Kidder (John Scott) of Joplin, MO; step-granddaughter Cindy Dooley (David Montgomery) of Abilene, KS; step great-grandchildren, Brandon Stokesbary of Minneapolis, MN, and Cody and Kelsey Stokesbary of Abilene, KS; the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Butch Kleidon, and the children and grandchildren of David Montgomery. She cherished her many nieces and nephews and “grands” and the children of special friends, and all the families of her loving heart.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Dorothy Hilyar, Margie Hudson, Virginia Ann Bimler, and Mary Lou Berg; two brothers, Matthew Bimler and James Bimler; husband Kenneth R. Meyers, and a step-grandson, Rocky Kleidon.
Leona loved Ballard Creek Community, and her family is grateful for the compassionate care she received there as well as the care from the Homeward Hospice team. She was happy to have her daughter’s mother-in-law, Jackie Dooley, as her special friend at Ballard Creek.
Memorials may be made to the Ballard Creek Community Assisted Living, Huxley. Bacon Funeral Home, Nevada is assisting with arrangements.