Funeral services celebrating her life will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Geneseo Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Geneseo. A visitation for Leota will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Leota Williams Memorial Fund.
Leota was born on April 26, 1925, in Neosha, Mo., the daughter of Bose R. and Minnie Blakey Gann. She was united in marriage to Francis J. Williams on March 1, 1942, in Forsythe, Mo. He preceded her in death in 2001.
Leota was a homemaker and an avid flower gardener. She enjoyed watching old movies, going out to eat with friends and loved watching the Chicago Cubs.
Survivors include four daughters, Peggy Williams, Geneseo, Imogene (Lynn) DeDecker, Marion, Iowa, Rosetta Peiffer, Moline, and Brenda (Greg) VanOpdorp, Geneseo; one son, Rod (Janice) Williams, Geneseo; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, William Gann, Billings, Mo.
Leota was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Kathleen Mooney; and son-in-law, Craig Peiffer.
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