On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, Betty Theone (Boller) Lehman peacefully left earth to join her heavenly father. Betty, "The One." as her husband lovingly called her, was born on May 12, 1919, at home in Nevada, Iowa. She was the youngest of 10 children born to A.W.R. (Dick) and Florence (Allen) Boller. She attended school in Nevada and graduated in 1937. As a young woman Betty worked at Ambrose’s clothing store, the movie theater and the Electric Company. On May 29, 1943, Betty married Ralph L. Lehman of Colo, Iowa and they were married for 63 years until his death. They traveled to South Dakota to be married by Betty’s brother-in-law at his church. They began their married life farming the Lehman family farm in Rhodes, Iowa, where Betty, the Nevada city girl, became a true farmwife. In 1944 Ralph joined the Army, and while he was deployed to Japan, Betty lived and worked in San Francisco. After his discharge the young couple continued to farm near Collins, Iowa, where their three children, Janie, Jim and Julie, were born. Betty worked at the ASCS office in Nevada and later was the office manager for Iowa Corn By-Products, a locally owned company in Colo. In 1981 Betty and Ralph retired from active farming and moved to Nevada, where they lived until Ralph’s death on October 12, 2007. Betty lived with her daughter Julie in Colo for 1 1/2 years before moving to Story City, and finally Mason City in 2010.
Betty’s life was filled with music and family. She sang at church as a two-year-old, and continued to sing in groups throughout her adult life. Betty was the glue that led her family with quiet grace. Dogs, kittens, birds and flowers were things she loved around her. She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, PEO, Kenningston Club and the Bid-and-Bye bridge club. She was a kind, quiet, quick-witted woman, whose gentle touch and demeanor will forever be cherished by her family. Betty always had a smile on her face. Her caregivers, during her final years, loved this tiny "natural" red-head. She never spoke an unkind or harsh word, and the example she set for her family is admired and lovingly remembered.
Betty is survived by daughter Janie (Jim) Paape of Mason City, IA; son Jim (Diane) Lehman of Peru IN; daughter Julie (Mark) Farren of Colo, IA. Grandchildren Mara (Tim) Kaplan of Cottage Grove, MN; Tyson Paape of Minneapolis, MN; Nick (Sara) Paape of Omaha, NE; Stephanie (Matthew) Morgan of Boise, ID; Ian Lehman of Cincinnati, OH; Ashley (Brandon) Bush of Carmel, IN; Kira (Rob) Nelson of Roland, IA; Kylee (Brad) Fleming of Independence, IA; Taylor Farren of Colo, IA and fiance Kaleb Appelgate, Madison Farren, McKenna Farren of Colo, IA. Great grandchildren: Wesley, Maislin, Peyton, Jack, Max, Farren, Braiden, Wayne, Cade, Weston and Boden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; her parents; three brothers - Allen, Max and Jack Boller; six sisters - Grace Steward, Gladys Kiburz, Phyllis Forbes, Loretta Boller, June Terrell and Lorella Maurer.
Visitation will be held at Chet Ryan Mortuary, Nevada, Iowa, on Friday, April 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Mortuary at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13. Burial will follow in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established in loving memory of Betty.
Chet Ryan Mortuary in Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Betty and her family.