Leta Ann Hargrove, 71, of Plainfield, Iowa, died Monday, December 4, 2017, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
Leta was born to Lloyd and Lila (Bucknell) Carpenter on February 14, 1946, in Charles City, Iowa. She attended grade school in Horton, graduated from Plainfield High School in 1964 and attended Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While in college Leta enjoyed working for the Billy Graham Crusade. She then moved with her parents to California. With her first marriage in 1968, she had five children: LaNae, Linda, Michael, Lissa and Matthew. On August 6, 1988, Leta was united in marriage to Larry Hargrove in Huntington Beach, California.
During her life Leta enjoyed working as an executive assistant, volunteering at church and local hospitals, and helping with the family owned and operated Mr. Movies video stores, LIR Electronics store, and her favorite - Tropical Sno, which operated in the Midwest as well as California and Arizona. Arizona was near and dear to her heart, as Larry and Leta spent many wonderful years traveling in their fifth wheel RV. Being able to travel was something that she and Larry looked forward to every chance they got.
Leta enjoyed, shopping with her daughters, playing bingo, motorcycle rides, spending time with her family, and puzzles especially during the 7 years she cared for her mother in Iowa.
Leta’s memory is honored by her husband, Larry Hargrove of Plainfield, Iowa; four children, LaNae (Robert) Christenson of St. Michael, Minnesota; Linda (Jayson) Gregor of Delano, Minnesota; Lissa (Shaun) Decker of Waterloo, Iowa; and Matthew (Rachael) Mannen of Lakeville, Minnesota; three step-children, Lisa (Jim) Swift, Tonya (Greg) Hardy, and Carrie Zanoni all of Michigan; and fifteen grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: her parents, Lloyd and Lila Carpenter; a son, Michael Mannen; and a sister, Loma Haglund.
Leta’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be a private celebration of her life at their home on December 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Memorials can be sent to the Hargrove family, 1387 130th Street, P.O. Box 186, Plainfield, Iowa 50666 which will then be presented to the Waverly Health Center’s EMT Department where Leta enjoyed volunteering. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly assisted the family. 319-352-1187