Leanna Pauline Evans, 81

Local obituary


Leanna Pauline Evans, 81, of West Liberty, Iowa, died Sunday, June 6, 2021 at her home in West Liberty.

A memorial visitation will be held Friday, June 11, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the West Liberty Community Center with memorial services beginning at 2 p.m. followed by graveside services held at North Prairie Cemetery in West Liberty. Luncheon will follow at the West Liberty Community Center.

The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty is caring for Leanna’s family. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.

Leanna was born Sept. 28, 1939, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of Russell and Ila (Greenwood) Smith. On Aug. 24, 1973, she was united in marriage to Walter Evans, the love of her life.

Leanna was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, St. Louis Cardinals and racing fan, and never shied away from letting everyone know, too. She spent many years in a variety of jobs, but totally reveled in her favorite position, Mom. Although she was a mother to a few, if she welcomed you into her home, she was always your mom.

She is survived by her children who include Kay (Mike) Metheny of Tipton; LuAnn (Mike) Helm of Tipton; Russ Rockwell of Centralia, Washington; Michele (James) Stuart of Des Allemandes, Louisiana; Dennis (Sheila) Evans of Anamosa, Todd Roberts of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Cathi Evans of Oxford, and Scooter (Kristen) Evans of West Liberty.

She is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 35¾ great grandchildren and four great-great grandchilderen.

Also surviving are three siblings including Jack (Sharon) Smith of Council Bluffs; Sherrie McCrery of Glenwood, Iowa and LaDonna Katschman of Souix Rapids, Iowa, as well as her dog, Boo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Walt (who obviously was having too much fun upstairs, and needed to be reined in) and another dog, Freckles.