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Leona J. Ailor

Leona J. Ailor

Leona J. Ailor

Leona J. Ailor, 89, a resident of Deary, Idaho, died on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at her rural Deary home.

Leona was born on Feb. 4, 1931, in Potlatch, Idaho, to Ferris (Shorty) and Eva (Young) Irving. She attended grade school at Avon, Idaho, and graduated from Deary High School in 1948.

Leona married Homer Ailor on Nov. 21, 1948, in Potlatch and the couple made their home in Deary where they farmed, ranched and raised their family. Homer died in 2014.

Leona started working at Gritman Memorial Hospital, now Gritman Medical Center, alongside her lifelong friends, Noreen Lewis and Sally Kramer, from 1968 to 1998 when she retired as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

From 1970 to 1972 Leona was in nursing school at Gritman Hospital and received her LPN certificate.

Leona loved her family, friends, flower garden and the Christmas holiday season.

Survivors include her son Larry Ailor (Rebecca) of Deary; daughters, Susan Griffin (Dan) of Deary, Sandra Moran (Jerry) of Spokane Valley, Lynda Loney (Brent) of Moscow/Deary, and Sally Kramer (Bob) of Potlatch, and brother, Don Irving, Lebanon Ore. Leona is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020, 11 a.m. at the Deary Community Church, 4981 ID-8, Deary, Idaho, with Pastor Kathy Kramer officiating. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Deary Ambulance Fund, Box 304, Deary, ID 83823 or the Deary Booster Club, P.O. Box 9, Deary, ID, 83823.

A potluck dinner will follow the service at the church for family and friends.

Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse is caring for the family. Online condolences for the family can be left at http://www.kramercares.com.


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