MISSOULA — Letha Heavner, 70, of Missoula, passed away after a long illness, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in her home with her loving family and friends around her.
Letha was born Nov. 5, 1940, in Rifle, Colo., to Fred and Peggy Davis. As a young girl she lived in Colorado and Utah, settling in Oregon where she obtained her education. In high school, Letha was athletic and most of all enjoyed playing volleyball. While she was not the tallest player on the court, she had great team spirit. She was a cheerleader and was involved in the school choir. She loved to dance. Her and her brother Lloyd made a great dancing team, they could jitterbug the night away.
Letha met her sweetheart, Lloyd G. Heavner in Pendleton, Ore., and they married April, 28, 1961 in Manhattan, Mont. Her big brother Galen accompanied her to give her away. The couple lived in Pendleton until moving to Pocatello, Idaho, and then to Billings. They moved to Missoula with their three girls in 1976 where she lived out the rest of her life.
Letha was a mother first. She always wanted the best for her girls and loved and nurtured each of them. She worked as a bookkeeper for several years before working as a baker with her good friend Sherry. She enjoyed hunting and being in the great outdoors, gardening, sewing, cooking, painting and was very creative and artistic. One of her greatest treasures in life was her grandchildren.
Letha was a kind, sweet Christian woman, loyal friend and prayer warrior. She loved to praise the Lord and thanked Him continuously for each breath she took and ead day she had. While we will miss her in ways to great to express, she suffered so much the last years of her life. We can praise the Lord with her for God's grace and salvation and the knowledge that she is now in heaven with no more tears, no more pain or suffering and with many of her loved ones.
Letha was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Heavner; daughter Sandra L. DeShazer; grandsons Bryan Scott and Matthew Ryan Chrestenson; grandmother Mary Hoskins; brothers Galen and Lloyd Davis; and her uncles Charles, Chester and Clay Smith.
She is survived by her mother Peggy Cunningham of Missoula; daughters Cindy Chrestenson and Deb Heavner both of Missoula; grandchildren Richard Chrestenson and Melissa Heavner both of Missoula and Jason DeShazer of Kalispell; and great-grandsons Shayn Chrestenson of Missoula and Austin Schabel of Kalispell; uncle Calvin Smith of Arizona as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Vistiation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. and the celebration service will begin at 11 a.m. both at the Garden City Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Missoula City Cemetery. Reception will follow at the Garden City Funeral Home.