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Leola Genevieve Wiley Gersema

Leola Genevieve Wiley Gersema

Leola Genevieve Wiley Gersema was born April 3, 1917 in Gooding, ID and passed away April 23, 2015 in Boise, ID.   Her parents were William Alfred Wiley and Candace Augusta Arnold.

She spent much of her early years in the Nampa-Caldwell area and graduated from Nampa High School.  A few years out of high school she moved to Oakland, CA and worked while living with good friends of the family.  It was there she met and married Merlyn C. Gersema in 1947.  They worked at their own delicatessen for three years and then decided that farming would be a good life.  In 1950, they moved to Star, ID and farmed and ranched for 13 years.  They then moved to Boise, ID where Leola spent the rest of her life
There were two things that were very important to Leola: her family and serving her Lord, Jesus Christ.  She served in several churches through her life in many capacities.  She taught many Sunday School classes for children up to adults.  Part of her service and her love was music.  She loved church music, especially the old hymns, and participated in choirs and special music.  She always served with a smile and a willingness to help others.

She was also very interested in missions.  She took trips to China to take Bibles to believers, to Israel to see the lands of the Bible and to Hawaii to work at a mission complex.  She also served as a host to families from other countries, including Ukraine and Romania, as these families immigrated to the United States.  In addition, she supported, through finances and prayer, overseas missionaries all over the world for many years.

Leola loved her family and loved to get together for family gatherings.  She was always frustrated if she couldn’t hear every conversation that was going on at once.  She was faithful to pass on to her family her love and commitment to the Lord.

After a few years of physical decline she finally passed away in a local assisted living facility at the age of 98.  Even there she passed on her gentle spirit to those who were ministering to her.  She lived a very full life and in her quiet way, impacted thousands of people.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters, her husband, Merlyn C. Gersema and a son, Walter Trent Gersema.  She is survived by: a daughter, Alice Lee Gonzalez and son-in-law, Adan; and two sons: George H. Gersema and daughter-in-law, Mary and Douglas ‘Duke’ W. Gersema, and daughter-in-law, Helen, all of Boise, ID.  She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Summit Church.

Donations in Leola’s memory can be made to:

Africa New Life Ministries:
7145 SW Varns St, Portland, OR 97223  -   (503) 906-1590

PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607  -  828.262.1980.

Angel Tree (Prison Fellowship Min.):

44180 Riverside Parkway, Lansdowne, VA 20176   • (877) 478-0100
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