Leona Boeyink was born Oct. 15, 1917, in Sioux Center, the daughter of Ralph and Agnes (Muilenberg) Boeyink. She grew up in Sioux Center and later taught school there.
Lee enlisted in the United States Navy W.A.V.E.S. in 1944 and was stationed in southern California where she met her husband, Hallie Vanderbilt Russell, USMC. They made their home in Montana where Hallie taught until his death in 1957. At this time Lee moved her family to Le Mars.
Lee was co-owner and instructor of the Le Mars Beauty College and inspired many cosmetologists over her 33 years in business. She retired at the age of 75 after a challenging and productive career.
Lee was well known in the state as an accomplished business woman.
She was an energetic and supportive member of the community, belonging to TTT, serving on the First Presbyterian Church board and was active in Chamber of Commerce.
Lee was an avid golf and sports fan and enjoyed music, books and card games.
She loved to entertain elegantly and belonged to several gourmet bridge clubs and a Mahjong group. One of her greatest joys was cooking holiday dinners for her children and their families.
Lee celebrated her 90th birthday with 97 guests at the Le Mars Country Club in 2008 and distributed her interesting biography.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Lynn and Howard Hodgson, of Loveland, Colo., Dr. Monte and Ellen Russell, of Le Mars, Greg Russell, of Helena, Mont., and Ann and Tim Tone, of New Braunfels, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Corinne Russell, of Ft. Collins, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Rick and Scott Gunther, Erin (Gunther) McLaughlin, Shannon (Russell) Borchers, Alex Russell, Joshua and Bryson Russell and James Gatewood, along with their spouses and 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Bobbie Colon of Sioux Center, and Donna (Arnie) Kwikkle of Rock Rapids.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Hallie; a son Dr. Hal Russell; three sisters; and two brothers.
Celebration of Life Service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars. The Rev. Jan Christensen will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Mont. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the church. The Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars is assisting Lee's family with arrangements.
Memorials in Lee's honor may be directed to the Presbyterian United Church of Christ, Hospice of Siouxland or Brentwood Good Samaritan Village.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.