Leona Rose (Flynn) Collins, 92


Leona Rose (Flynn) Collins, 92, of Mapleton, passed away on November 3, 2022, at the Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton, just 3 days shy of her 93rd birthday, with several of her children by her side.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband of 44 years, Lawrence at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery of Mapleton.

Leona, the daughter of Rose (Dergans) and James Flynn, was born on November 7, 1929, on the family farm in Soldier. Her father passed away when she was barely six months old. Leona received her early education in Soldier. After high school graduation, Leona studied at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, where she obtained her teaching certificate. She had fond memories of the school, learning to swim as well as play a solid game of tennis.

After earning her teaching certificate, Leona began her teaching career in Danbury, where the school custodian took an interest in her. After much persuasion, he finally was able to convince her to go on a date. Lawrence and Leona were married on August 17, 1953, in the St. Marys Catholic Church in Mapleton. The couple were blessed with nine children: Steve, Pat, Diane, Mike, Shawn, Mary, Tim, Bill, and Carol.

Leona was a faithful member of St. Marys Catholic Church of Mapleton and member of the St. Marys Guild. She enjoyed sports and liked watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Chicago Cubs. Leona will be remembered most for her beautiful quilts, her garden of tomatoes, homemade bread and donuts, and spending time with her family where you could often hear her signature laugh.

Survivors include her nine children: Steve (Linda) Collins of Las Vegas, Pat (Birkel) Collins of Mapleton, Diane (Collins) King of Mapleton, Mike (Carol) Collins of Lancaster, CA, Shawn (Jill) Collins of Sloan, Mary Collins of Roanoke, TX, Tim (Jennifer) Collins of Omaha, Bill Collins of Mapleton, and Carol (Mike) Garvey of Roanoke, TX; seventeen grandchildren: Michele (Rob) Burks, Kate (Dan ) Rocha, Ken (Franky) Collins, Brayden (Brittany) Collins, Lauren (Dave) Hood, Jonathon Birkel, Nicholas Birkel, Sean (Sam) Faulkner, Shannon King, Brittany (Lionel)Molina, Chris (Samantha) Collins, Chase (Heather) Collins, Anne (Steven) Schaffer, Conor Collins, Michaela (Steve) Matza, Jared (Claire) Collins, and Grant (Melissa) Collins; ten great-grandchildren; brother James (Francie) Flynn of Mission Hills, KS; sister-in-law Celine (Bob) Poyner of San Angelo, TX; brother-in-law Jake (Donna) Collins of Apache Junction, AZ, and sister-in-law Laura Rogge of Las Vegas, NV; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Leona was preceded in death by her husband LB(Lawrence) and parents James and Rose Flynn.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the St. Marys Catholic Church in Mapleton with Father Richard D. Ball officiating. Committal Services followed in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery of Mapleton,.

A Visitation was held from 4-6 p.m., with a Rosary at 6 p.m. followed by the Vigil Service on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the church.

The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.