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N. Ilene Lefler

Posted May 03, 2013 in Obituaries, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights

May 15, 1918 – May 1, 2013

Ilene Lefler

Ilene Lefler

N. Ilene Lefler, 94, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Kavanagh Hospice House on 56th Street in Des Moines, IA. Her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013 at Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2900 49th Street in Des Moines with burial at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Iles Funeral Homes–Westover Chapel.

Ilene was a woman of deep faith and grace. She placed others before herself and had a wonderful laugh. She was a member of Immanuel Methodist Church since 1939 and sang in the choir for 20 years. Ilene was born on May 15, 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her birth mother was Vera Casto. She was adopted by Frank and Nellie Mae Udey shortly after her birth and was their only child. They moved to Des Moines in 1920. After graduating from North High School in January of 1936 she married William (Bill) Lefler. Ilene was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

Ilene was a Medical Assistant for three Des Moines Physicians for a total of 30 years. She was the president of both the local and state American Association of Medical Assistants, belonged to the Red Hat Ladies, was PTA President at Riley Grade School and Franklin Jr. High School, and recently she knitted “kitty” blankets for the ARL. She and her husband enjoyed many years of traveling abroad. When her husband retired as owner of Iowa Safety Equipment Co. they purchased a summer home in Morson, Ontario. For 15 years it was there summer residence and became a favorite vacation spot for family and friends. They formed many Canadian friendships which still exist. Bill and Ilene lived on Merle Hay Road for 54 years and then moved to the Mercy Park Apartments where they lived another 20 years. She moved to Calvin Manor in May of 2012.

Ilene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William N. Lefler, and a daughter, Diana J. Gordon. She is survived by her son, William F. Lefler and wife, Mary of Waukee and daughter, R. Maurine Morris of Des Moines; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Ilene will remain alive because of the love and memories she gave her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa or the Shriner Hospitals for Children.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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