Leona McAlevy, 79

Leona Marie McAlevy, 79 of Merna, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Jennie Melham Memorial Hospital in Broken Bow. A celebration of life was Feb. 14, 2013 at The Immanuel Lutheran Church in Merna with Pastor Ryan Loeslie officiating. Burial was in the Merna Cemetery.Leona was born at Brady June 27, 1933, to John Walter and Lily Fran (Dovenbarger) Parkhurst. She attended school thru the 8th grade, and married Luther Dale McAlevy in Mason City at her parents house June ll, 1950.They walked to Westerville afterwards because he was on leave from the Air Force. Leona worked at Halsey National Forest planting trees and worked 35 years for Becton-Dickenson in Broken Bow, retiring in 2002. She enjoyed playing her music and singing with her family. She also loved fishing and vacationing with her family and friends, camping and kissing her grandbabies.Survivors include son, Michael McAlevy of Merna; daughters, Alvina (James) Granger of Keystoner SD, Linda (Melvin) Runningbear of Eddyville, Retta Beals of Rapid City, SD, Merna McAIevy of Mitchell; sisters, Leota Beavers of Broken Bow, Iona Fisher of Merna, and Doris McAlevy or Broken Bow; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchidren.She is preceded in death by her husband, Luther; her parents; a son, Lonnie Dale; a brother, Dean Parkhurst; a grandchild, Joey McAlevy, and a sister, Della Fisher. Memorials are suggested to the family. Iverson Memorial Chapel of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements.Published in Custer County Chief, Feb. 28, 2013