Leah Elizabeth Chafa, the daughter of Elmer Oren and Nellie Ann (Roberts) Bixler, was born April 10, 1917, at Carl, Iowa. Leah entered eternal rest Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Lenox Care Center, Lenox, Iowa, at the age of one hundred years.
Leah was united in marriage to Lloyd Ernest Chafa on May 14, 1935 at Greenfield, Iowa. She was a farmwife and homemaker. Four children were born to bless this union: Donald, Leta, Delmar, and Dennis. Leah enjoyed gardening and always raised a large garden including a huge strawberry bed.
Leah had many interests. She was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church. She attended Lincoln Center United Methodist Church and later the Corning United Methodist Church. She was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was an avid quilter and was a member of the Church Quilting Club. Leah volunteered for the Rose Ann Auxiliary and was a member of a neighborhood Club called the “Get Acquainted Club”. She was a contributor to the National Arthritis Foundation, as she suffered from Arthritis herself.
Left to cherish Leah’s memory are her children: Donald (Lacy) Chafa, Des Moines, Iowa; Delmar (Bonnie) Chafa, Corning, Iowa; Dennis (Sandy) Chafa, Mt. Home, Arkansas; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and host of friends.
Preceding Leah in death were her parents; husband: Lloyd in 1999; daughter: Leta Norcross; former daughter-in-law: Shirley Chafa; grandson; Kurt Chafa (at birth); five sisters: twin sister Lois Kingery; Mildred Cordle; Elsie Anderson; Eslie Wilson; Alice Bixler; two brothers: Hank and Earl Bixler.