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
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.