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Myrtle Leola Beckett Adams was born December 28, 1938, in rural Ringgold County to Lester H. Beckett and Geneva Price Beckett Curphey. She attended rural Taylor County schools and Lenox grade school. She acquired her GED and worked in the Lenox Care Center for several years.
On October 11, 1969, she was married to Raleigh Adams and they made their home in Mount Ayr. She was a good housekeeper and cook. She worked at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center for 23 years until ill health forced her to quit working in 1997. Raleigh passed away in 2004 and Leola continued to live in Mount Ayr, making many friends.
Leola passed away September 15, 2019 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center.
She is survived by sisters, Imogene Mains of Creston, Lois Lamb of Mount Ayr, Janice Miller (Mike) of Creston, and brother, David Beckett of Lenox; many nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, cousins and in-laws.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Raleigh Adams, mother, father, brother, Earl Beckett, sister, Jane Sanburn, niece, Linda Sobotka, and nephew, David Sobotka. Memorials will be decided later by the family. Open viewing will be held at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Thursday, September 19 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the family will be present Friday morning at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating will be Rev. Emily Peasley.
Musicians will be Deb Cannon and Brenda Woody.
Special songs will be “Peace in the Valley”, “How Great Thou Art”, “When We All Get to Heaven” and “I’ll Meet You in the Morning”.
Casketbearers will be Kevin Shelman, Seth Shelman, Charles Hribal, Travis Hinz, Tom Kelly and   Jeremiah Swietlik.
Leola will be laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, IA.

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