Leona LaRue Bair of Lancaster, formerly of Altoona, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Randall and Martha (LaRue) Bair.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews and many cousins and was preceded in death by two sisters: Loretta Kaufman and Dorothy Hoover; and a brother, Clarence Bair.
Leona attended the East End United Methodist Church, where she came to know the Lord at age 13. After college, she entered nurse's training in Philadelphia, after which she attended graduate school for more Bible training at Columbia International University in South Carolina.
Leona joined the Overseas Missionary Fellowship, formerly the China Inland Mission, spending 38 years in Thailand. She lived mostly in hill villages with the Hmong people, whom she loved. Upon retiring in 1998, she came home and eventually was happy to settle in Lancaster, where there is a large group of Hmong people and a Hmong church.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, where a funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, Pastor Dao Yang and the Rev. Yong Xeng Yang officiating. Burial will be in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.
Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contributions in Leona's memory may be made to OMF International, 10 W. Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120, or to Hmong Alliance Church, 9 S. Hershey Ave., Leola, PA 17540.
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." Psalms 23:6
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