Leota Virginia Rawlings passed away peacefully the morning of June 25, 2005 in Marshall and is now at rest in a more beautiful place.
Leota, the youngest of two children, was born February 17, 1912, on the family farm north of Leeton, Missouri, to Ernest and Minnie Kidwell. She came to Marshall in 1934 to teach first grade at Southeast School, where she taught until 1940 when she married Otha "Opie" Rawlings, a local attorney who passed away in 1964. She returned to teach first grade at Northwest School in 1957 teaching until her retirement in 1974. A graduate of Central Missouri State University, Leota believed in the value of education and was a strong supporter of the Marshall public schools.
She was blessed with two sons, David and John; two daughters-in-law, Karen and Debbie; four grandchildren, Andy, Kristen, Ashley and Patrick; and three great-grandchildren, Christian, Olivia Virginia and Isabel, all of whom survive her.
Leota was active in the Marshall community -- a member of First Christian Church for over 65 years, Christian Women's Fellowship, Daughters of the American Revolution, Order of the Eastern Star and a participant in the Marshall sesquicentennial celebration. Leota had a zest for life -- her greatest joys were spending time with family, traveling, enjoying friends, flowers, playing the piano and organ, church and the children she was privileged to teach at Southeast and Northwest.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church or the Marshall Public Education Foundation.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the First Christian Church in Marshall with funeral services following at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Arrangements by Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.
The above is a paid obituary.