Mary Ellen Leehart

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Mary Ellen Leehart

Des Moines

Mary Ellen Leehart, 71, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston with her family by her side. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 20 at Iles Westover Chapel. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 21 at Glendale Cemetery.

Mary Ellen was born in Napa, CA on March 3, 1943, the daughter of the late John and Ida (Engle) Durban and spent most of her life in the Des Moines Beaverdale neighborhood.

She was a graduate of AIB and retired in 2005 after 37 years at Farm Bureau Insurance Company. As a young woman she was involved in Jaycees. She enjoyed reading, listening to gospel music and spoiling her dog, Chloe. She was devoted to her family and helped to care for all of her grandchildren.

Mary Ellen is survived by her daughter, Kim (Steve) DeJoode of Des Moines; grandchildren, Kelly, Chris, Stevie, Ethan, Katelynn, William and Izzy DeJoode; Jordan Foster and Ty Duke, who Mary Ellen thought of as a grandsons; sister, Barb VanZante; and four nieces and nephews.

Mary Ellen's family wishes to thank doctors, Christie and Turner and their dedicated staff at Mercy Cancer Center who cared for her during her determined fight against cancer.

Contributions will be received by the family for a future memorial at ChildServe.


Funeral Home
Iles Funeral Home - Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road  Des Moines, IA 50322
(515) 276-4567
Funeral Home Details
Published in Des Moines Register from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21, 2014
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