Bartling, Leona (Strayer) (September 27, 1900 - April 5, 1994)

Leona Strayer Bartling

Douglas Budget - April 13, 1994

Funeral services for Leona Strayer Bartling, 93, were held April 9, at the Christ Episcopal Church in Douglas, with Father Tony Bullman officiating. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery with graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mrs. Bartling, a resident of Douglas, died April 5,, 1994, at Michael Manor.

Leona was born Sept. 27, 1900, the only child of Frank Arthur and Belle (Moffett) Strayer in Hudson, Iowa. They lived around the Hudson area until 1910 when they moved to a homestead near Lavina, Mont. Leona graduated from high school in Billings, Mont. While teaching school at Musselshell, Mont., she met Floyd William Bartling. Bart and Leona were married on Sept. 3, 1922, in Glenrock.

Leona taught school in Douglas from 1922 to 1939. She obtained a "Life Certificate in Elementary Teaching" from the University of Wyoming in 1929.

Leona was very active in the American Legion Auxilary holding many different offices through the years in her unit, district, department and nationally. She helped organize the Past Presidents Parley in Douglas in 1931, and Girls State in 1941. Leona was a member and worked hard for the Republican Party, Episcopal Church, Order of Eastern Star, Past Matrons and Ladies Oriental Shrine.

Bart and Leona had no children but were proud of Everett Lee Moffett, a cousin of Leona's who lost his parents when he was nine years old and they raised him as they would a son.

She is survived by by a sister, Hazel Strayer Bowers and her family, and Everett Moffett's family.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents; husband, on June 18, 1984; and Everett Moffett.

Serving as pallbearers were Tom North, Bart Gray, Jim Willox, Peter Mike Curtin, Butch Bolln and Brad Johnson.

Memorials may be sent to the Douglas American Legion Auxillary Girls State Trust, P.O. Box 1, Douglas, WY 82633, or the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Virginia Street at Fairfax, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102, and would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.

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