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Leona K Powell, 93, of Soldier, Iowa died November 17, 2015 of heart failure while a resident at Willow Dale Wellness Village in Battle Creek, Iowa. Funeral services will be Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Castana Community United Church of Christ in Castana, Iowa with Pastor Harvey Hanson and Pastor Linda Boggs officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Mapleton. Visitation will be Friday, November 20 after 5:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. The family is receiving condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com.
Leona was born on her grandparent's farm, the Petersen farm, between Castana and Soldier, Iowa on March 5, 1922. She was the first of seven children born to Henry and Edith (Petersen) Jessen.
Her paternal grandparents were Karl and Katherine (Goberson) Jessen and maternal grandparents were Peter and Alvina (Kuhlmann) Petersen. She was baptized in April, 1922 as Leona Katherina Alvina Jessen, after both grandmothers.
She attended school at Battle Creek, Iowa and was confirmed at the Battle Creek Lutheran Church the summer of 1936.
Leona married Marion C. Bell July 1, 1940. To this union four children were born, Edward L., Gerald E., Stephen M., and Dixie Ann Denise. The family worked in farming in Woodbury and Monona counties for many of their early years. The Bell Family was affiliated with the Mapleton Methodist Church during this time.
In 1960, they moved to an acreage east of Castana, Iowa.ξ Leona became acquainted with the Castana Community Church and became very active in the church's Ladies Aid group. She was also a member of the Castana American Legion Auxiliary.
Marion passed away in December 1980. On January 21, 1984, Leona married Leonard Powell of Mapleton Iowa and gained two step-children, Vickie and Randy.
Leonard and Leona remained on the acreage for the remainder of their lives. Leona was an active gardener and could always be found tending to the flowers and garden around her house. Leona had a skill of making jams and jellies and many people of the area was the recipient of a homemade jar of jam. She was deeply interested in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, keeping aware of their activities as they grew older.
In her younger days, Leona kept herself occupied many a night doing embroidery projects. She always had a flock of chickens which allowed her to sell eggs and provide many fried chicken dinners. As Leona grew older, she occupied herself with quilt making. All her grandchildren were especially targeted for receipt of a homemade quilt.
She was proceeded into death by her grandparents: parents Henry and Edith; brothers Elmer, Frederick, and Henry Jr.; sister Ella Mae Black; brothers-in-law Ross Reinking, Gary Black, and John Savin and sister-in law Grace Jessen (Elmer).
She is survived by sisters Wilma Reinking of Kingsley Iowa, and Henrietta (Hattie) Savin of Manchester Iowa; sisters-in-law Ellie Jessen (Freddie) of Pierson Iowa, Laura Jessenξ (Henry Jr.) of Battle Creek Iowa; Leona's children Edward L. Bell and his wife, Judy of Ormsby, Minnesota, Gerald E. Bell and his wife, Karen of Hawardenξ Iowa, Stephen M. Bell and his wife, Sheila of Ute Iowa, and Dixie Ann Peters and her husband, Jim of Mapleton Iowa; step-children, Vickie Powell of Des Moines, Iowa and Randy Powell of Coty, Montana; grandchildrenξ Edward Bell, Jr., Jason Bell, Jonathan Bell, Eric Bell, Chad Bell, Justin Bell, Anthony Bell, Gerald Bell, Jr., Christopher Bell, Chris Grubb and Peggy Segebart; great grandchildren, Ryan Bell, Kailyn Bell, Alysa Bell, Elizabeth Bell, Cassia Bell, Linnea Bell, Brady Bell, Kalie Bell, Parker Bell, Alexis Bell, Jacob Grubb, Marcus Grubb, and Johnathan Segebart.
The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the entire staff of the Willow Dale Wellness Village at Battle Creek for their kindness to Leona and finding that balance between care and an atmosphere of independence for her.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 10:00 a.m.ξ
Castana Community United Church of Christ Castana, Iowaξ
Friday, November 20, 2015 After 5:00 p.m.ξ
Armstrong Funeral Home Mapleton, Iowaξ