Lenita Foley

  • Born: August 11, 1954
  • Died: April 6, 2018
  • Location: Creston, Iowa

Powers Funeral Home

601 New York Ave
PO Box 431
Creston, IA 50801

Tel. (641) 782-7036

Tribute & Message From The Family

Lenita Foley, 63, of Creston, died Friday, April 6, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo.

Celebration of Life services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Creston. Pastor Jim Werner and Pastor Tony Thurston will officiate.

Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery, south of Creston.
Open visitation from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Powers Funeral Home 601 New York Ave. in Creston.

Memorials are to Creston Animal Rescue Effort or the Operation Christmas Child-Samaritan's Purse. Online condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com.

Lenita Routh Foley passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at St. Luke's Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. Lenita had a very strong Christian faith which carried her through this battle longer than doctors expected.

Lenita Routh Foley, daughter of Lee Routh and Oneita (Harter) Routh, was born August 11, 1954 in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Diagonal High School in 1973.

On June 11, 1977, Lenita married Jon Foley at the First Christian Church in Creston. Lenita taught vision impairment & braille as a traveling teacher to many students in central Missouri school districts. She also taught vision & braille at the Kauffman Foundation French Magnet School in Kansas City, Mo. In addition, she worked for the state of Missouri teaching in their First Steps Program, with blind infant children. Lenita graduated from Northwest Mo. State University in education, and then obtained her Master Certification in Vision from University of Missouri School for the Blind at St. Louis, Mo.

Lenita resigned from teaching to care for her father 1 year, until he passed away. Then she cared for her mother for 10 years until she learned she had pancreatic cancer.

Lenita's other love was caring for her 4 legged pets. She had many cats and dogs as her family over the years, and was very active in the Creston and Ray County, Missouri animal rescue leagues.

Lenita was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Creston and had a very strong Christian faith and shared this faith with many people.
Lenita is survived by her husband Jon, married 40 years plus; her mother, Oneita Routh, a brother Arden Routh of Lee Summit, Mo., nephew Alex Routh of California, brother-in-law, Don Foley of Ames.

Lenita is also survived by special cousin (like a sister) Gayle (Denny) Herring and many other cousins, aunts and friends.
Lenita was preceded in death by her father Lee, grandparents Bill and Electa Harter, Frank L. and Carrie A. Routh and her parents-in-laws Joe and Evelyn Foley.
Lenita loved to travel to Colorado as a child, and after she and Jon got married. She also enjoyed her many trips with Jon to bankers' conferences, meeting spouses and making new friends from all of the US and Canada.

Her 35 month journey battling pancreatic cancer, which went to the brain, then her spine and ribcage, finally settling in her lungs, showing amazing faith with Jesus Christ, God and the Holy Spirit.

Lenita touched many children and adults with her faith in Jesus Christ. Lenita had a passion for Franklin Grahams Ministry of the Operation Christmas Child-Samaritan's Purse.






Condolence & Memory Journal

Lenita, such a wonderful classy lady. All of us at Daddy's 10-13 Diner enjoyed her smile, soft spoken words, and her beautiful spirit. She is missed very much and thought of often. Jon, it isn't often you meet people as wonderful as you both. Please accept our condolences.
Steve, Donna, Sherrie, and the gang at Daddy's Diner.

Posted by Donna Brinkoetter - Richmond, MO - friend   July 12, 2018

I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Lenita was such a great person. I am sure you have many great memories to cherish.

Posted by LINDA GOINS VANPELT - URBANDALE, ID - Classmate   April 29, 2018

Just heard that Lenita lost the battle with cancer but joined the Lord in heaven! Enjoyed our visits with you and Lenita over the years and know she has touched many lives. Our prayers for comfort and strength.

Posted by Jim & Joy Goins - Diagonal, IA - Friend   April 12, 2018

Jon, we just learned of Lenita's passing and want you to know we are thinking of you and sending our love to help comfort you. Stephen and Miyoko Hood, Leesburg, VA. Sfhood@verizon.net

Posted by Stephen and Miyoko Hood - Leesburg, VA - Family Friend   April 11, 2018


Jon, so very sorry to hear about Lenita! Didn't really know her, but know you well and always know that Union Co friends are there for you at all times. Sending lots of Prayers and Huges!

Posted by Ellen Jensen - Afton, IA - Friend   April 10, 2018

John we are so sorry to hear about Lenita. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

Posted by Charles and Susan Dallstream - Richmond, MO - Friend   April 10, 2018

Jon and family, so sorry to hear about Lenita. She certainly fought a long battle and demonstrated her faith in God through it all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don and Sharon Irelan

Posted by Don and Sharon Irelan    April 10, 2018

Sadly missed. She will live on in our hearts forever. Prayers for Jon.

Posted by Nancy and Don Wood - Richmond, MO - Family Friend   April 09, 2018

Thinking of you Jon and sending my prayers. God bless

Posted by Sherrel Miller - Surprise, AZ - Classmate   April 09, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Janis Denney - Pella, IA   April 07, 2018

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