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Leona Flowers

November 10, 1924 — September 1, 2016

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Leona Louise Flowers, daughter of Clifford and Laura Mae (Coan) Osborne was born November 10,

1924 in Somers, Iowa. She died at her home with family present of congestive heart failure on

September 1, 2016. On October 25, 1943 she married William Lester

Flowers. To this union four daughters were born. The couple later divorced.

Leona supported her daughters by working at Birch Manufacturing, babysitting for others and later as

an OB nurse's aide for 11 years at Mercy Hospital in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She transferred to Trinity and

worked on the surgical floor for 5 years. Due to arthritis in her back she transferred to the central

sterile department where she worked for 9 more years before retiring.

 

Leona enjoyed visiting with people, reading, cross-stitching and word find puzzles. She enjoyed

watching birds at her feeders outside her window. She always had flowers in bloom which she loved to

plant and tend. Leona was proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved

spending time with all of them.

 

Left to cherish her memory are three daughters Diana (Elmer aka Steve) Elbert of Emmetsburg, lA,

Sherri (Gordon) Crampton of Lehigh, IA and Vicki (Douglas) Thompson of Otho, Iowa: 6 grandchildren

and 11 great grandchildren, stepson Mervin (Joann) Flowers, Fort Dodge, IA and her siblings: Erma

Collins, Fort Dodge, lA, Richard Osborne, Pomeroy, lA, Glenn Osborne of Lehigh, IA and Charlotte

Blankenhagen, Fort Dodge, Iowa. She will be missed by her many nieces and nephews who remember

her affectionately.

 

She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Charlene Ruth, grandchildren Tracy and Chad

Crampton, her parents and siblings: Edna Wallace, Robert Osborne, Velma Wright, Ramona Orvis,

Thomas Osborne, Sandra Rykhus and Ronald Osborne, stepdaughter, Leona Flowers Haglund, and

sister in law, Thelma Ackerson.

 

Leona will be remembered as a hard working, thrifty, honest, responsible and independent person by

all. Her independence and work ethic allowed her to provide for her three daughters that were her

source of pride. Her whole life was spent in service to others whether it was younger siblings, aging

parents, her employment or as the only support of her children. Family was her passion.

She was a member of Epworth Methodist Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Always thinking of benefiting

others she donated her body to science at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. At her wish no

visitation or services will be held.

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