Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, April 26, 2002
OBITUARY - LETA MAE (JONES) SULLIVAN
Leta Mae JONES was born February 14, 1918 to Ansel and Velma (COLE) JONES in Grant City, Missouri. She departed this life
April 23, 2002 at the Clearview Home after a short battle with cancer.
Leta lived almost her entire life in Ringgold county, Iowa.
In September of 1935, she was united in marriage with Duane SICKELS. Of this union there was one daughter born, Helen
On June 15, 1946, she wed Bernard SULLIVAN and of this marriage two daughters were born, Leta Ann and Karen Nancy.
Bernard and Leta farmed first around the Maloy area, later buying a farm just west of Mount Ayr. In the 1960s they bought
the Sandwich Shop which they later sold. In 1963 they managed and operated the Shamrock Cafe.
Leta was an excellent cook, famous for her pies and homemade noodles. She shared these treats with family and friends. She
was also an extremely talented seamstress making most of her daughters' clothing when they were young children.
Once cable came to Mount Ayr she became an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She could quote batting averages and pitching stats with
the most devout fan. She knew who was called up from the minors and who was being sent back down. To this day, we firmly
believe she never forgave Mark Grace and Shawn Dunston for leaving her "beloved Cubbies."
Leta took great joy in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They all dearly loved her homemade cookies of which she
made by the dozens.
Leta was a longtime member of the Modern Mothers Club. She enjoyed her weekly and monthly Canasta clubs, her Saturday
morning coffee klatches (widows only, please) and varied activities with the First Christian Church family.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; her sister Lucille SICKELS; and brother Irvin JONES.
Leta is survived by her three "girls," Helen and husband Jake HUNT of Mount Ayr, Ann and husband Dan McGREVEY of Fort
Dodge, Iowa and Karen BOLLERMAN of Kansas City, Missouri; her grandchildren, David HUNT of Mount Ayr, Randy (Lori) HUNT
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Curt (Ann) DUFFIELD of Fort Dodge, Jason DUFFIELD of Fort Dodge, Krista (Mark) HUFFMAN of Kansas
City, Missouri, Sean (Amy) McGREVEY of Overland Park, Kansas and Ann (Steve) BOOK of Kansas City, Missouri; and her pride
and joy, her great-grandchildren, Doug and Amanda HUNT, Maggy, Beth and Clare DUFFIELD, Kylee, Ryan and Kayla HUFFMAN and
Danica and Megan McGREVEY.
Leta is also survived by a brother Cleo "Casey" JONES of Montezuma, Iowa; three sisters-in-law, Ardis JONES of Des Moines,
Helen TICHY of Des Moines and Alberta SULLIVAN of Madrid, Iowa; and nieces, nephews and her many friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 26, 2002 at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr with Reverend John BRILLO
officiating. A eulogy was given by Dan McGREVEY. Musicians were Ginny EIGHMY and Dr. Collus LAWHEAD. Casket bearers were
David HUNT, Randy HUNT, Curt DUFFIELD, Jason DUFFIELD, Sean McGREVEY and Mark HUFFMAN.
Leta was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr
was in charge of the arrangements.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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