OBITUARY - LELA MAE (MARTIN) NEAS
Lela Mae MARTIN was born June 26, 1909, in LaCygne, Kansas to James and Alice (PARKER) MARTIN. She grew up in small Kansas
towns where her father was a barber. After graduating from high school in Anthony, Kansas, she attended business college
in Wichita, Kansas and went to Coldwater, Kansas to work. There she met Pearl NEAS and they were united in marriage on
November 28, 1929 in Wichita [KS].
They were the parents of three sons: James, Jerry and David. They lived in Kansas and owned a small business and farmed.
In late 1939, they moved to a farm near Redding, Iowa and in 1942, the moved into the house Lela would occupy as her home
until her health failed and she entered the Mount Ayr Health Care Center in August of 2000.
Lela and Pearl were active participants in the Redding community where their sons graduated from high school, and Lela
was active in the Redding United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and was in a local pinochle club that met
monthly for many years.
Lela enjoyed her years working in the Ringgold county courthouse where she served as deputy recorder from 1957 to 1968.
These years gave use to many long-treasured friendships. She enjoyed her family, the challenger of her years of office
work and maintained a keen interest in current events and in community matters.
Lela was privileged to celebrate her 91st birthday in her own home before ill health forced her to move to the Mount Ayr
Health Care Center. Lela passed away at the health care center on January 26, 2002.
Lela was preceded in death by her parents, James and Alice MARTIN; her step-father of many years, David PARFET; her
husband, Pearl, to whom she was married for 56 years until his death on January 1, 1986; and her brother, Kenneth.
She is survived by her three sons: James and friend Marshia MILLER of Mount Ayr, Jerry and wife Marilyn of Des Moines,
Iowa and David and wife Dale of Osceola, Iowa. In addition, she is survived by five grandchildren: Sheri BOWLES and
family of Adel, Iowa, Lori GALIOTO and family of Des Moines, Justin NEAS and family of Winterset, Iowa, Rebecca NEAS of
Lorimor, Iowa and Jonathan NEAS and wife Jill of Glidden, Iowa; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 29, 2002, at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with
Reverend Susan THOMAS officiating. Musicians were Nancy SACKETT and Kenneth SMITH. Casket bearers were Dan QUICK,
Bill QUICK, Tom KELLY, Richard SNETHEN, Roger OLNEY and Randy ANDREWS. Honorary pallbearers were Bob ANDREWS, Bill
ANDREWS, Paul SMITH and Kenneth QUICK.
Lela was laid to rest in the Redding Cemetery, Redding.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2010
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