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“So sorry to hear of Mrs. Thacher's passing. She was truly one of my favorite teachers. She was so patient. Lynda Loney class of 1981. ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Lynda Daggs - Keokuk, IA

“She was such a lovely lady. I know she will be missed here, Heaven will have a great lady. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Shirley Sutton - Wilmington, NC

“So sorry to hear about Leatha's passing. She was a wonderful lady. Her smile would light up the room. I worked with her at Donnellson Elementary...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Diana Sino - Fort Madison, IA

“My Mom was Helen Gregg Wilhem and I met Jane through her. Sorry for your loss and I am unable to be there tonight. No need to contact me with...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Green - Ft. Madison, IA

“With deepest sympathy on the passing of Jane. Have many memories of her work with the missionaries at Bethel. Our prayers and thoughts are with the...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Wendell and Barbara Hocker

“Larry, Roy, Linda...I am so very sorry to hear of your precious mother's passing. She was such a sweet person with the cutest smile. It was an...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Kathleen French - Keokuk, IA

“I knew her first as "mrs Thacher," when Larry and I became friends in Jr. High. Jane has felt to me a Mother/Friend, from those frequent early over...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Floyd Herdrich - Richmond, VA

“Leatha's family is in our thoughts and prayers. May you take comfort in knowing we are remembering her and honoring her memory at Iowa Wesleyan...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Anita Hampton, IWU Alumni Director - IA

“Our condolences to Jane's family & friends. May God give you all comfort and peace during these difficult days. Jane was very special to her Sunday...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Carroll & Bernice Baxley - NC

“Larry and Family. Sorry to learn about Jane. We have missed you both at PVBC. May she rest in peace. You were a great son. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Fred and Jean Wells - Wilmington, NC

“Larry, so sorry for your loss, but she is in a much better place now. She was a great lady and loved by so many. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Maureen Cartrett - Charleton, SC

“Linda we are so sorry for your lose but God has let you have her a good long time and now he has her and she'll be waiting for you to join her some...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Larry and Darlene Box - Republic, MO

“Larry, Roy, and Linda, We are so very sorry to hear of Jane's passing to go and be with our Lord. She will be missed by so many. Remember Larry we...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Judy and Kermit Rice - Burlington, IA


Leatha "Jane" Thacher, 99, of the Madison in Fort Madison, formerly of Donnellson, Willmington, North Carolina and Burlington, passed away at 4:15 a.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Madison in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Born January 11, 1916 at Montrose, Iowa the daughter of Lloyd and Cora (Hamilton) Harman. On November 25, 1935 at Fort Madison, Iowa she married Howard Thacher. He preceded her in death on November 13, 1993.

Survivors include two sons: Roy (Janet) Thacher of Argyle, Iowa and Larry Thacher of Burlington, Iowa. One daughter Linda Odum of Bradleyville, Missouri, five grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, seven step-great grandchildren and twenty- great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two grandsons: Emmett St. Clair and Terry Thacher, one brother Frank Harman, four sisters: Hazel Koehler, Edna Ruble, Pearl Tweedy and Alta Bangert.

After graduating from Montrose High School in 1934, she attended summer school at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. She then began teaching that fall at Liberty School near Montrose. She then went onto teach a total of 31 years including the rural schools of Columbia, Franklin, Warren, Ashland and Fairview. When the one room schools were closed, she ended her career teaching third grade at Donnellson until her retirement in 1981. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1963. Leatha lived in Wilmington, North Carolina from 1993 until moving back to Iowa in 2012. She was active at the Senior Center, the Pine Valley Baptist Church and continued to garden, knit and crochet while in North Carolina. She was a member of the Oak Street Baptist Church in Burlington, Iowa, the Retired Teachers Association and the Iowa Wesleyan Alumni Association. She was very active and healthy until she suffered a stroke on May 24, 2015. Leatha was an avid gardener, quilter and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was actively making between three and five baby and child sized caps each week to give to those who needed them.

Friends may call after noon on Tuesday at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson where the family will meet with friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson with Pastor Gary Karas officiating.
Burial will be in the Embury Cemetery rural Donnellson.

Memorial may be made to the Oak Street Baptist Church or the Embury Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com.
Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home of Donnellson is assisting the family with the arrangements.