EAST WILTON -- Iona Pease Yeaton, 88, of East Wilton, passed away at home on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011.
She was the youngest of five children born to Guy W. and Florence (Haley) Pease on Aug. 16, 1922.
On May 6, 1939, she married Howard Lewis Yeaton Sr. He passed away May 11, 2007; they had been married 68 years.
Iona worked for 15 years at Forster Manufacturing Co. in East Wilton. She was a member of the Forster Bowling Team and also belonged to the East Wilton Christmas Club.
She also enjoyed knitting, cross stitch, word puzzles and reading. After her husband Howard retired, they enjoyed taking trips to California, Florida, Tennessee and Alaska. Iona enjoyed her entire family and was most proud that all 15 grandchildren graduated from Mount Blue High School. She had a lot newspaper stories about those she loved clipped from the local papers.
She is survived by a son, Howard Lewis "Lou" Yeaton Jr., and Roberta of East Wilton; daughter Anne Y. Beisaw of Strong; 15 grandchildren, Rhonda deWildte of Wilton, David Beisaw and Kelly of Wilton, Dennis Beisaw and Deirdre of Jay, Jeffrey Beisaw and Cindy of Wilton, Kevin Beisaw of Jay, Robert Beisaw and Mandy of Farmington, Alan Beisaw and Andrea of East Wilton, Mary Anne Havtan and Yaron of Kefar Saba, Israel, Catherine Iona Stahura and Douglas of Aiken, S.C., Michele Catinella and Frank of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Steven Yeaton of Portsmouth, N.H., Deborah Knapp and Randy of Auburn, Elizabeth Evans and John of New Sharon, Tracey Murray of Wilton, and Jody Harmon and Brian of Farmington; sister Zelva Trembley of Oceansides, Calif.; brother-in-law Lawrence Yeaton and wife, Gaynelle, of Farmington; daughter-in-law Bonnie Yeaton of Weld and Naples, Fla.; 12 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; husband Howard Sr.; son David Norman Yeaton; sisters Hazel Curtis and Lois Pease; brother Elmer Pease; and by several cherished nieces and nephews.
At Iona's request, there will be only graveside services. Family and friends are invited to attend those services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Lakeview Cemetery, Wilton. Following services, all are welcome to attend a family reception at LaFleur's Restaurant, Route 4, Jay. In lieu of flowers, remembrance gifts may be given to the David Norman Yeaton Cancer Development Fund, c/o Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St., Lewiston, ME 04240, Attn: Development Office. Tributes and condolences may be shared with her family on her memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Wiles Remembrance Center, 136 High St., Wilton.