Leota J. Dague
Date of birth: January 18 1929
Date of death: April 8 2019
Leota Jean Rupp, the firstborn child of Walter E. Rupp and Helen Harder Rupp, was born in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, on January 18, 1929. Leota celebrated her 90th birthday this past January, outliving her doctors’ expectations and making many wonderful memories with family and friends.She gave God praise for feeling well enough to travel to Washington and Florida last summer for the weddings of two grandchildren. She passed away peacefully following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Leota attended the first eight grades of school with the Chippewa Indian children during the 11 ½ years her father was pastor of small churches on the White Earth Indian Reservation. Later, they moved to Verndale when he became pastor of the Alliance church there. Leota excelled in school and was valedictorian of the Verndale High School Class of 1947.
She worked at the Verndale Bank until moving to Salem, Oregon with her family in 1948 and resided in Oregon the rest of her life.Leota then worked at Ladd & Bush Bank in Salem prior to marrying Gordon Dague, also of Verndale, in Aprll, 1950.
Some time after their marriage, Gordon and Leota entered into farming of various crops. Produce from the farm and her home garden provided the family with plenty canned, frozen, and dried fruit and vegetables.A frugal food preserver, Leota’s children often assisted her in the assembly line process, sometimes canning as many as 100 quarts of green beans. She also loved her rose garden, tulip and iris beds, as well as other flowering plants given her by friends and family.
Leota gave birth to five children, four of whom survive her.They include Sharon (Nial), Dorothy (Richard), Shirley, and Alan (Michelle). Leota is survived by her ex-husband Gordon Dague, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren (including a baby girl on the way), her brother Vernon (Pat) and sister Evadeane (Ed), as well as nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and Baby Boy Dague who was born prematurely and died shortly after childbirth.
Later in life, Leota went back to school and then worked for Brenner and Company preparing state and federal income tax returns.Her evenings were spent doing crossword puzzles, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune every night, and sewing. Leota sewed all the draperies and curtains for the family home, made box purses for the girls, sewed family clothes, including Sharon’s wedding dress and some for the bridal party. She was a faithful member of the Willamette Valley Quilt Guild and became a prolific quilt-maker, donating over a thousand quilts of varying sizes to such charitable causes as Simonka House, Union Gospel Mission, quilts for stillborns, police car quilts, and Baby Boutique. Her quilts won awards, but more importantly, they were valued by family and friends as well as the untold recipients in time of need.
Throughout Leota’s life she was active in her church, singing in the choir, playing piano, assisting teachers in the children’s department, counting church offering funds for deposit, collecting stamps or working on various projects to assist missionaries, and participating in various Bible study groups. Annual trips to Panhandle Lake with Christian friends of her age brought her great joy.They studied the Bible, enjoyed the outdoors, played games and did puzzles, all while eating her prized homemade caramel corn.
A memorial service will be held at Salem Alliance Church, 555 Gaines Street, Salem, Oregon on May 3, 2019, at 2 pm. A private family ceremony to scatter Leota’s ashes will take place in a beautiful, serene location that held special memories for Leota and the family.
In lieu of flowers, or as a remembrance, please consider donations to: Union Gospel Mission, Focus on the Family, or Salem Alliance Church.
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