Leota Catherine Miller Leer
                                   April 2, 1919 -- February 4, 2015

Leota Catherine Miller Leer, 95, of Middlebury, died at 4:00 pm, on
Wednesday, February 4, at Tidewell Hospice, Sarasota, FL. She was
born on April 2, 1919, in Elkhart County, to Merril and Moda (Bontrager)
Pletcher. On December 23, 1935 she married Vernon E. Miller; he died
March 6, 1996. On June 21, 1997 in Elkhart County she married Ira
Leer, he died December 16, 2008. Surviving are three daughters,
Patricia Eicher of Centreville, MI, Margaret Ann (Alton) Miller of
Middlebury, Diane Sue (Elmer) Stealy of Goshen; 9 grandchildren, 19
great grandchildren, three step grandchildren and seven step great
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, parents,
daughter, Jeanette Elaine Miller, a granddaughter Deanna Eicher , a
great grandson Michael Stevenot, three sisters, Myrtis Mann, Velma
Good and Cleo Graybill, a son-in-law Earl Eicher. Leota was a member
of First Mennonite Church in Middlebury where she was a charter
member of the Lunch Time Neighbors serving for 15 years and sang
with the Singing Grandma's. She was also involved with the Fresh Air
Kids Program, Junior Sewing, Vacation Bible School, taught Sunday
School and helped with meals on wheels. She was an avid seamstress
making a lot of her own clothing and enjoyed crocheting and knitting.  
She was also a homemaker, had worked in the telephone office for 10
years and had worked at Vic’s Ice cream which was started as
Middlebury Dairy by her grandfather. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00
and 6:00 - 8:00 pm Wednesday February 11, at First Mennonite
Church, 203 E. Lawrence Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10:00
am on Thursday February 12, also at First Mennonite Church. Services
will be conducted by Pastors Kent Miller and Derrick Ramer. Burial will
be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury. Memorials may be given to
Tidewell Hospice.  

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My deepest condolences go out to Leota's family. I had the pleasure of
renting her upstairs apartment on Warren Street for several years. Mo
loved her. She was a blessing when I didn't realize I was being
blessed. I remember sitting outside talking while she worked in the
garden I loved her stories. And over the years I could see the wisdom
and advice she was giving to me. She allowed me to have a home
where I felt safe and knew I was never truly alone and for that I will
always remember and love her. She was, she is an amazing woman!
Peace be with you old friend!
From: Jennifer (Weaver) Stout
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Heartfelt wishes to all you.
Leota was a very special lady, I will truly miss her.
Although we hadn't visited as much lately as we had in the past years,
I'll never forget our conversations or her beautiful smile.  Especially
when she was particularly tickled as we traded stories. There was
mighty spirit and faith packed in that little lady.  Very special indeed.    
Love and blessings to you all,  Wendy
From: Wendy Nelson
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Diane & Elmer & family:
My thought's & Prayer's are with you all at this sad time in your lives.
Our Heavenly Father loves & cares for you & will give you strength for
the days ahead.
From: Luella A. Eash