April 2012 – Special Update – Leeta Mae Oaks Danielson

Dear Family and Friends,

Greetings in the name of our wonderful  Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   I am sending this letter to all of our mailing list since many knew my mother’s sister, Leeta Danielson, who Dotty and I have been caring for during the past 8 years.

Three days after her 102nd birthday, Aunt Leeta Mae Oaks Danielson passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:25 p.m.

Leeta Mae Oaks Danielson was born on April 16, 1910 in Harris, Anderson County, Kansas, the fifth child of Lizzie and Christopher Oaks.  She was preceded in death by her late husband, Widmer Danielson on August 7, 1991, and also three sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by several nephews and nieces:  Myron and Dorothy Philippi of Saint Petersburg, Florida, Paul and Ruth Philippi of Antigua Guatemala, Carol and Jim Forest of Hastings, Minnesota, Donna and Burl Penny of Troy, Kansas, Dr. Edward and Stephanie Funk of Garfield, Massachusetts, Charlotte Holmgren of Las Vegas, Nevada, Rex Oaks of California, DeWayne Oaks of Oklahoma and James Stock of Divine, Texas and two step-daughters, Vera and John Ferrazzano of Bradenton, Florida, and Rae Liljestrand of Thomasville, Georgia.

Leeta was educated in Coleridge, Nebraska, and attended McPherson College in Kansas.  She taught in the elementary school systems of Kansas and Missouri for thirty years before retiring in June 1976.  While in Kansas City, Missouri she attended the Blue Ridge Bible Church where she came to know the Lord under the ministry of Dr. Walter Wilson.

Leeta and Widmer Danielson were married in Kansas City, March 7, 1976 and moved to Clearwater, Florida. For eight summers she and her husband, managed the bookroom at the Cedar Lake Bible Conference Grounds in Indiana and for another eight summers they also managed the Bible Book Store at Gull Lake Bible and Missionary Conference Grounds in Michigan.

They became members of Starkey Road Baptist Church, and in 1984 Aunt Leeta started the Missionary Work Day at the Church and faithfully served as director for 23 years.  She was affectionately called “Sarg.” Several years later the Wordless Book ministry joined with Missionary Work Day to serve the Lord and missionaries together, meeting every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from September through May.  It grew to have 80 to 100 in attendance.  It was an answer to Aunt Leeta’s prayers to turn over the leadership to Dorothy Bowers in 2008.

Beginning in 2001 Aunt Leeta had “Get-Acquainted-Parties” inviting new-comers or lonely people to her home.  She entertained between 200 and 300 people each year until 2007.  Pastor Jerry Lancaster and the members of Starkey Road Baptist Church honored Aunt Leeta with a plaque to recognize her dedicated service to the Lord and to the church.  What a blessing she was to so many people!

Viewing will be at Starkey Road Baptist Church from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  The funeral service will follow with Pastor Jerry Lancaster officiating. Burial will follow at Royal Palm North Cemetery at 2600 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg, Fl. 33702.

APPRECIATION:  On behalf of the family, we wish to express our gratitude for your many kindnesses evidenced in thought and deed.

Sincerely in Christ,

Myron and Dotty

P.S. Enclosed is the bulletin that will be used at her funeral service tomorrow.

Pastor Myron L. Philippi

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