Funeral services for Ila will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Corwith Community Center with Reverend Dan Rogers officiating. Burial will be in the Corwith Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Monday prior to the services at the Community Center.
Ila Jean (Lantz) Livingston was born September 19, 1939, in Mount Ayr, IA, to Lorene F. (Norris) and Vernon W. Lantz. She received her education in Redding, IA, graduating from Redding High School in 1958 as a part of the last graduating class. During her time in school, she was a talented softball and basketball player, even competing in the State Basketball Free Throw Championships, where she placed fourth.
After high school, Ila moved to Des Moines where she worked for Swift & Company and Banker's Life. While in Des Moines, she met Elmer K. Livingston, and on August 16, 1964. Elmer and Ila were married at the United Methodist Church in Corwith and made their home on the family farm north of Corwith. They welcomed three children to the family, Lisa Jean, Julie Rae, and Kenneth Dean.
In 1981, they established the Livingston Insurance Agency, while continuing to farm and raising thoroughbred and quarter horses. In 1993, Elmer and Ila both retired and moved into Corwith. In May 2001, they moved to Mason City due to Elmer's failing health. After his passing, she moved to Marion and then to Springfield, IL., and back to Marion, to be closer to her children. She was an active member of the Corwith United Methodist Church, where she also belonged to the UMW. She was also a member of The Royal Neighbors of America, the Delta Club, the American Legion Post #229 Auxiliary, a Girl Scout and 4-H leader, an EMT for the city of Corwith, and a member of the Mended Hearts Cardiac Support Group in Mason City.
Ila's greatest joy came from the time spent with family and dear friends. She never missed any of her children's activities, sometimes traveling in three different directions in one day. She cherished the company of her Yorkies, Bible studies, and volunteering at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, as an EMT, and numerous other events in the cities she lived. She enjoyed watching the Hawkeyes, the Twins, Vikings, and St. Louis Cardinals, had a love for Babe's Pizza, gardening, trying to grow African violets like her mother (wink), baking massive amounts of Christmas goodies, and spending quality time with her closest family and friends.
Ila passed away on Wednesday, June 26th at Willow Gardens in Marion, at the age of 79. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, her parents Lorene and Vernon Lantz, her mother and father-in-law, Bud and Edna Livingston, her brothers-in-law, Eugene and James Livingston, and Howard Junior Spencer, several aunts and uncles, cousin Annette Lynch, and great-niece, Cynthia Marshall.
She is survived by her children Lisa Livingston-Bridwell and wife Denise of Springfield, IL, Julie Breiner and husband Greg, of Marion, IA, Kenneth Livingston and partner, Jennifer Agard, of Springfield, IL, her sister Loretta Ann Cordell and husband Don, of Redding, IA, sister-in-law, Lyn Livingston of Carmichael, CA., and several dearly loved cousins, nieces, and nephews.
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So many wonderful memories of Ila, at the farm when I stayed overnight and always at school events to support all the kids besides her own. She was one of a kind. ❤️
My sympathy to Ila's family! I've known Ila for many years and always appreciated her welcoming spirit. Please know you will all be remembered in thought and prayer especially on Monday. I am sure Elmer, your Dad will welcome her home. Blessings!
My deepest sympathy to Ila's family! I was one of Ila' s roommate's in Des Moines and was there when she meet Elmer. We had lots of fun times together. Sorry for your loss.
Deepest sympathies to your family.
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I would like to send my sympathy to the family. You were one of my very first baby sitting jobs, back when there were cloth diapers and snow appeared on the TV after midnight in that old farm house. Do you remember me? Lisa (Studer) Forburger Your parents were very kind to me.
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