Lea Marjean Chabot, 68, of Newton died on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Skiff Medical Center.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the First United Methodist Church in Newton. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the church.
Memorials to the Newton Community Theatre, the Jasper County Museum or Project Awake may be left at the church during the services or at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Lea, the daughter of Frank and Lucie L. (Engle) Wing, was born on Sept. 29, 1945, in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Newton High School in 1964. Lea was united in marriage with Fred Chabot on Sept. 4, 1965, at the Assembly of God Church in Newton. She was a homemaker and community volunteer. Lea was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, singing in the church choir, board member for the Newton Community Theatre and Project Awake, past President of the Thomas Jefferson PTA and a RIF (Reading is Fundamental) volunteer. Lea enjoyed gardening, community theatre, where she was involved with productions for over 25 years, reading and corresponding with friends and family. She also was a devoted and loving grandma.
Those left to celebrate Lea’s life are her husband, Fred Chabot of Newton; daughters, Leanne (Gerard) Schwickerath of Newton and Courtney Chabot-Dreyer (Steve Dreyer) of Johnston; her five grandchildren, Hannah and Joshua Schwickerath and Jacob, William, and Nicholas Dreyer; siblings, Doug Wing of Newton, Ted (Glenda) Wing of Monroe, and Andrea (John) Birkenholtz of Newton; and her mother-in-law, Mary Lucille Chabot of Newton. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Wing; mother, Lucie L. Wing-Hurley; step-father, Cliff Hurley; and sister-in-law, Loire Wing.