Betty L. Leon, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Davenport, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, November 26, 2018, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service and a private burial will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery at a later date.
Betty Louise Jones was born on February 24, 1929 in Davis County, Iowa, to Ernie E. and Susie Lee (Bennett) Jones. She graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1947. She married Frank Van Leon Jr. on December 18, 1948 in Ottumwa, Iowa. To this union two sons were born, Douglas and Bradley.
While living in Maquoketa Betty was employed at the JC Penney Store and the Maquoketa Sentinel Press.
Betty was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, had taught Sunday school, and was a den mother while her sons were involved in Cub Scouts. She and Frank were also members of the Joinerville Boat Club and enjoyed camping and traveling for many years. They moved to Davenport in 1973 and Betty was a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church while living there.
Those left to honor Betty's memory include her sons, Dr. Douglas (Deborah) Leon of Maquoketa, IA, and Bradley Leon of NC; 9 grandchildren, Dr. Brent (Dawn) Leon, Phillip (April) Leon, Dr. Stephanie Leon, Michael (Melinda) Leon, Eric (Dr. Sarah Watson-Leon) Leon, Samantha (Jesse) Leon-Roling, Christian (Kendra) Leon, Michelle (Jeff) Cobb, and Justin Leon; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank Van Leon Jr. on March 18, 2004, sisters Viola and Estalene, and a brother Francis.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
"So sorry to hear about Betty. She babysat and was wonderful to our kids for many years and we were good friends. She also babysat our dog when needed and he also loved her house. I regret that we missed the celebration of like because we were out of town. She was a wonderful friend and woman. Linda Powers"
"To the Leon Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Gary's Mom and Betty were best of friends for many years. She will be missed. "
"To the Leon family,
Our sincere sympathy to you all. We hope the wonderful memories you have bring you comfort.
Bob & Claudia Bisinger"
"Dr. Doug and family,
Valerie and I extend our thoughts and prayers to you and yours during this time. May God give you peace in the days ahead.
"Doug & Brad: Sending our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. I remember her working in JC Penney. She was always neat & personable! Cherish your beautiful memories! Sincerely, John & Donelle (Streets) Kilburg, classmate of Brad"
"My sympathy to the Leon family from a next-door neighbor of long ago.
"I live in Bloomfield across the street from Don Smith's old house. This is how I met Betty. She may not have lived here for many years however she had many memories and stories to share! I never saw her without that huge smile and ready for a hug.
Oh, how I have missed seeing both of them sitting in the yard just enjoying life. The time I got to spend with them was precious and I will never forget what real neighbors are like.
My prayers to her family, she was one special, feisty, beautiful woman that will remain in my heart forever.
Carol Eakins Taylor
Bloomfield Street, Bloomfield IA.
"Dear Doug and family.
We are sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother. You have been a valued friend since grade school days and know your mother your mother was key in your froth and development. We are sorry for her loss to the world. MCHS Class of 1969. "
"Deepest Sympathy for your family at this loss. May God bless and hold you in his hand."
"Dr Leon and family, so very sorry for the loss of you're mom, she did live a long life, but it never easy saying good by at any age... please know i am thinking of you and the rest of the family on you're loss"
"My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear one. May she rest in peace."