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Nona C. Greenlee Anthon, Iowa - Nona C. Greenlee, 83, of Anthon, Iowa passed away, Thursday, February 12, 2015, at her home in Anthon in the loving care of her family following a lengthy illness. The funeral service will be Monday, February 16, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Anthon with Pastor Janet Rieckhoff-Faris officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Anthon. Visitation will be Sunday, February 15 after 4:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Anthon. The family is receiving condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com. Nona Carol Greenlee was born January 10, 1932, on a farm in Miller Township east of Anthon, Iowa. She was one of two children born to Thomas and Grace Vian (Rector) Hansen. She first attended country school in Miller Township and later went to the Correctionville School when the family moved to a farm in the area. They later moved to Lebanon, Missouri where Nona graduated from high school in 1950. She later moved to Le Claire, Iowa where in 1952 she met the love of her life, Russell Greenlee. They were married soon thereafter at the Le Claire Presbyterian Church on August 17, 1952. Because Russ was in the Navy at the time, the couple first made their home in base housing at Great Lakes, Illinois. In 1954, Russ was honorably discharged from the Navy, they moved back to Davenport, Iowa. In 1960, upon the persuasion from Nona's family at Anthon, the growing family moved to a farm east of Anthon. They bought their own farm in 1961 and after 20 years in farming, they moved in to Anthon in 1982. Russ was a long haul trucker at the time. so Nona often joined him on the road. During this time along with caring for her family, Nona worked for 16 years at K-Mart in Sioux City, a job she really enjoyed. She first worked in the infant department and progressed into purchasing. Although she had to drive a distance, she was the one that would cover in bad weather. In 2001, Nona bought the Little Siouxloon in Anthon and has owned and operated it with the support of her family until the present. She liked the cooking and serving of her customers but especially appreciated the socialization that came along with it everyday. She wasn't afraid of hard work and learned to be quite the business person. Her "Blue Plate Special" at the Little Siouxloon became infamous when it was acknowledged in an article in the Sioux City Journal. Nona enjoyed knitting, watching the birds in her yard, and the flowers she would pick out and Russ would later buy for her. She liked to read and would often read a book from cover to cover into the wee hours of the morning. Above all, she loved her family, especially the grandchildren for whom she often baked special treats. Her family simply refers to as an "amazing person". Those left to as survivors honoring Nona's memory include Russ, her husband of 62 years; two sons, Jay Greenlee and his wife, Karen of Sioux City and Brian Greenlee of Anthon; one daughter, Cheryl Bahrke also of Anthon; four grandchildren, Jeff Greenlee of Ocala, Florida, Josh Greenlee and Jackie Greenlee, both of Phoenix, Arizona, and Sarah Jackson and her husband, Matt, of Danbury; three great grandchildren, Russell, Braiden, and Olivia Jackson; and two nieces, Jill and Jodi and one nephew, Scott; along with a wealth of good friends. Nona was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Grace Hansen and her brother Philip Hansen and his wife, Barbara.