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Leona May Hanson Reeve

April 9, 1934 — June 19, 2016

The funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 25 at the Seventh Day Adventist church in Payette, Idaho. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel of Payette and assisted by members of the church. A dinner reception will follow after the funeral service. Leona was born in Monitor, Oregon, April 9, 1934 the firstborn to M.Z. Hanson and Pearl Chubb Hanson. She graduated in 1952 from Gem State Adventist Academy in Caldwell, Idaho and continued her education to become a Registered Nurse, a career she practiced through her entire life, delivering babies, healing damaged bodies or holding the hands of the dying. She was a trusted resource for health and medical questions. Leona was united in marriage to Leo Albert Reeve November 27, 1955. After Leo completed his tour in the US Army he and Leona moved several times with three small children before they settled into farming in Payette County, Idaho, where a fourth child was born. Leona loved the farm and working outdoors as much as she loved nursing. She divided her time between raising her family, gardening, moving water pipes, driving farm trucks, and caring for the medical needs of her patients. When grandchildren arrived she became their advocate, supporter and taxi driver. She enjoyed reading and perused a wide variety of books and magazines which included health news, political commentaries and, of course, her beloved Bible. She was deeply religious and actively involved in her church. She also volunteered her summers as the camp nurse in the Alaska Camps. She thoroughly enjoyed working and teaching children about God's love. Leona, with her husband, completed several summers as missionaries in Belize. They were married over 56 years before his passing in 2012. Leona is survived by three children and their spouses, Chari Reeve (Mitch) Vess of Bullhead City, AZ, Warren(Louise-Sissy) Reeve of Fruitland, ID, Lyle (Annie) Reeve of Fruitland; three grandchildren, Kayla (Dylan) Johnson of Bark River, MI, Philip Reeve and Toby Reeve of Fruitland, ID, two sisters, Margie Portenier of Stockton, KS , Gayle Hanson (Charles Blair) of Columbus, KS, and brother Roger (Florence) Hanson of Tucson, AZ, her nieces and nephews and many other family and friends. In addition to her husband, Leona was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Corinne.Leona May Reeve, age 82, of Fruitland Idaho, passed away Sunday, June 9th, 2016, after a brief illness.

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When: Saturday, June 25th, 2016
Location: Funeral Home

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