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Theola Hightshoe Foltz-Weeda

Theola Maxine Hightshoe Foltz Weeda, 91, of Mount Ayr, Iowa passed away at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
Theola was born March 26, 1926 on a farm between Kellerton and Lamoni, Iowa to Ted and Bertha (Maggard) Hightshoe. She was the oldest of their six children. During high school, her family moved to Ringgold County where she graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1944. She went on to teach at the Urbana Country School south of Mount Ayr Golf and Country Club. After three years, she went on to a teaching assignment at Terre Haute in Decatur County, then to Hickory Grove Country School for two years.

On March 26, 1950, Theola was united in marriage to Harold Wayne Foltz, son of Harold and Louise (Robinson) Foltz. To this union were born two children, a son Larry Dean Foltz and a daughter Mary Lee Foltz. Larry was one of the originators of the Woodlink factory in mount Ayr and Mary Lee is a cosmetologist and was a part owner of Hair Tech Beauty School in Creston, Iowa. During their marriage, Wayne and Theola lived at the Robinson Family Farm and lived there happily together until Wayne's health began to fail. They were full time farmers with Theola substitute teaching at the Mount Ayr School, well into her 80's, she loved every day of it and met many wonderful students, parents, and teachers. Wayne lost his ten-year battle of Alzheimer's on February 1, 1983. In 1983, Theola married Lloyd Weeda and continued to farm.

For seven years, Theola was Head Coordinator at the Youth Center at the Iowa State Fair. In 2004, Theola sold the farm and moved to Heritage Park Senior Apartment Complex in Mount Ayr where she participated in and enjoyed many activities several days a week, such as pitch, bingo, and dominoes. She also enjoyed attending the fellowship that occurred at the center. Theola was a member of Wishard Chapel Church in Mount Ayr and participated in many groups

Theola is survived by her daughter, Mary Lee Foltz: granddaughter Elizabeth Foltz (Ryan Whitham); brothers David (Shirley) Hightshoe of Mt Ayr, Ed (Gay ) Hightshoe of Unionville, Mo.; brother-in-law Skip Eason of Waukee; sister-in-law Myrtle Hightshoe Smith of Shirley, Arkansas; sister-in-law Hazel Foltz of Des Moines; stepdaughter Karen Pettinger, granddaughter Oakel (Jordan) Kralik; great-grandsons Keaton and Kelton Kralik; daughter-in-law Deb (Kevin) Creveling and a host of family and friends.

Theola was preceded in death by her husband Wayne Foltz; son Larry Dean Foltz; husband Lloyd Weeda; sister Donna Eason; parents Ted and Bertha Hightshoe; parents-in-law Harold and Louise Foltz; Mary Foltz, brother Chris Hightshoe and brother & sister-in-law, Ted (Twila) Hightshoe Jr; brother-in-law Claire Foltz; sister-in-law Mary Lou (Foltz) Weeda.

A memorial has been established in Theola's name

Services: 11:00 a.m. – Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr
Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Open Visitation: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thur, March 8
Family Present: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thur, March 8 at Armstrong Funeral Home
Memorial: In her name to be decided later

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Mary Lee and family. Mary Judd and I would like to extend our sincere sympathies. Theola was one of the sweetest people we have ever met. She was so proud of you and the rest of her family. Miss visiting with you. Our prayers are with you and your daughter.

Sandy Orzel Mar 11 2018 12:00 AM

My sympathies to the family and friends of Mrs. Foltz. You were a great teacher. May you rest in peace. Lori Bishop Mt ayr class of 1982

Lori Bishop Tull Mar 11 2018 12:00 AM

May God hold Theola's family in the palm of His hands through this difficult time. We send our love to all of the family members, and will keep you all in our prayers.

Jim & Ronda McIntosh Mar 9 2018 12:00 AM

So very sorry to learn of Theola's passing. For Raymond and me, she was our 'neighbor across the field' when we moved to our farm in 1978. Theola and I used to joke about being able to 'see each other's lights at night'. She was the kind of friend and neighbor everyone would like to have. We shared good times at school, at church, at Friendship Club and with Christmas cards every year. There was always food on hand or in her freezer in case someone came unexpectedly. Theola never knew a stranger and always had that smile and laugh, even when she was going through difficult times herself. She had a vitality for life that kept her active and on the go for as long as we have known her! We were very blessed to have had her as our neighbor for so many years. Mary Lee, I know she was a great mom (and grandma) but more than that, she was your best friend. What a blessing for you to have memories of all the trips she took with you and the good times you had together. We extend sincere sympathy and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers for the days ahead. In Christian love, Donna

Donna (Hosfield) Shields Mar 9 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Theola's passing. I have many fond memories of 4-H and MYF meetings at her home. You have my deepest sympathy.

Rebecca (Long) Bayles-Cook Mar 9 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Theola's passing. She was such a lovely lady. I love this picture of her, and want to remember her that way. Mary Lee, my mother died in 1977 and for every card or remembrance I make I mention that. She would have been 101 last September. My youngest boy was only 5 months old when she died. I still miss her, and how much she has missed from of her grandkids, and great-grandkids. I didn't know Theola was at Clearview. I hadn't been there for a while. Need to go visit more, and always look at the directory to see if there is someone I know there. You have my deepest sympathy and will keep you in my prayers. Linda Barber

Linda Barber Mar 8 2018 12:00 AM

Mary Lee and family: Vicki and I are sorry to hear of Theola's passing. So many memories of growing up near your parents on the farm and the good times we shared. I especially remember the "new car" rides. Special times indeed! We are in Arizona so will be unable to attend the funeral. Our best to you and your family. Gene & Vicki Ricker

Gene Ricker Mar 8 2018 12:00 AM

Am so sorry to hear of Theola's passing. I enjoyed getting to know Theola when I was at the Senior Activity Center. She had great stories about her life, was very proud of her children and grands. We would talk about her beautiful jackets and she would say that Deb had gotten them for her. She was a joy to be around, straight forward in what she said and as a role model in having to deal with tragedies in her life but still able to laugh and find joy in little things. Thinking of her family and the blessing she was to them.

Janet Hogue Mar 7 2018 12:00 AM