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Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
Thursday, February 25, 2010


Winnafred LeBARON HORTON, 93, of Clearfield, died Feb. 23, 2010, at Clearview Home in Clearfield.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Clearfield United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jerry ROBERTSON will officiate. Burial will be in Clearfield Cemetery. Open visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield. Memorials may be given in her name to the United Methodist Church and American Legion Auxiliary both in Clearfield, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Winnafred LeBARON REEVE HORTON, daughter of Arthur Lindell LeBARON and Julia Winnafred (COCHRAN) LeBARON, was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on March 6, 1916. Upon becoming a Christian at the age of 13, she joined the Evangelical Church. Winnafred passed from this world into eternity at the Clearview Home in Clearfield Iowa on February 22, 2010 at the age of 93 years, 11 months and 19 days. Winnafred attended school in Somerville and was inducted into National Honor Society in 1933. Sixty years later, in 1993, her granddaughter Annette would be inducted into the same honor society followed by her grandson Tommy in 1996, granddaughter Angelica in 2005, and granddaughter Emily in 2006. Winnafred graduated with honors from Somerville High School in 1934 during the great depression. She wanted to attend college but could not afford it so she worked for a year as a nanny to save money. In 1935 she received a small scholarship to attend North Central College in Naperville, Illinois which at that time was affiliated with the Evangelical Church. During her four years in college, she held a succession of part-time jobs while majoring in French and minoring in English and education. Upon graduating from college in 1939, she started her teaching career at Bartlett, Iowa where she taught English and home economics all for the princely sum of $810 for the entire school year.

After one year at Bartlett, she was offered a $10 per month raise to teach at Thayer Iowa High School. While attending church in nearby Afton Iowa, she was introduced to Leroy REEVE. Because her teaching contract specifically stated that women teachers had to remain single and could only be seen in public with their father or a brother, Winnafred and Leroy would meet in Afton rather than Thayer.

On July 29, 1943 Winnafred and Leroy were married in San Francisco, California where he had been driving a truck in defense work before being drafted into the Army. After Leroy's boot camp in Texas, Winnafred was able to join him in Atlantic City, New Jersey for three weeks before he shipped out for duty in Europe during World War II. She taught school in Cropsey, Illinois while Leroy was overseas.

After the War, they moved to Creston where Jim, Dick and Nancy were born. In 1951 after Leroy traded postal jobs with Daryl BELL, they moved to Clearfield where Tom was born. In 1961 Winnafred resumed her teaching career at Lenox Iowa High School after renewing her teaching certificate by taking courses at the University of Iowa. She attended a French Language Institute at University of Kentucky in July 1964. In the summer of 1968 she traveled to Angers, France where she studied at their University and spoke French exclusively for two months. She later taught at Central City, Iowa and retired from teaching in 1972.

On January 9, 1977 Winnafred married James HORTON of Osceola. They enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon in Hawaii and were happy together in Clearfield for 11 months until he died 22 days after having a stroke in early December. After James' death, Winnafred worked at the Mental Health Institution in Clarinda Iowa until fully retiring in 1981.

For the next 26 years, Winnafred became a snowbird every winter and visited her three children who lived outside of Iowa. She visited Tom and his family in Scotland when he was stationed there with the Navy's Mine Force. She also visited Jim and his family in Japan when he was on duty there with the Marine Aircraft Wing. She enjoyed several senior citizen trips that were sponsored by the 1st National Bank in Lenox during the 1980's.

Winnafred was a 50-year member of both the United Methodist Church and Cornelia Chapter No. 524 Order of the Eastern Star in Clearfield. She was a member of the Woodside Post, American Legion Auxiliary, the Modern Literary Club in Clearfield and the Creston Chapter of National Retired Teachers Association.

Winnafred's primary residence for 58 years in Clearfield was 204 Washington Street. After Winnafred stopped driving, she was still able to participate in many activities of importance because Leann BAKER generously gave of her time making it possible for Winnafred to remain active. In February 2009, Winnafred was the victim of rapid-onset dementia and moved to the Clearview Home in Clearfield.

Winnafred is survived by her sister Pearl LASHON of Arlington Massachusetts; children: Jim (wife Remy) REEVE of Warrenton, Virginia, Dick (wife Carol Ann) REEVE of Creston, Iowa, Nancy REEVE of Mesquite, Texas, and Tom (wife Sue) REEVE of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandchildren: Angelica REEVE, Steve (wife Michelle) RHINE, Rick (wife Wendy) REEVE, Annette (husband Pete) FAUZ, David REEVE, Kathryn REEVE (fiancÚ Chris BOLAND), Emily REEVE, Brian (wife Shannon) REEVE, Tommy REEVE; great-grandchildren: Gavin & Jordan RHINE, Elizabeth, Cassie & Hayden REEVE, Elsie FAUX, Esther REEVE, Chance & Isabel REEVE, and Kaede REEVE; step-son-in-law Bob PAGE; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Winnafred was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Henry (wife Lucy) LeBARON and Russell (wife Betty) LeBARON, sisters Helen LeBARON and Margery (husband Carl) LAWRENCE; brother-in-law Lyman LASHON; both husbands; granddaughter Christy RHINE; great-grandson Sawyer RHINE; step-daughter Joyce PAGE.

Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2010

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