Obituary of Leona Christina Neidigh
Leona C. Neidigh, 97, of Bethany Beach, DE, went to be with her Lord at her home on Thursday June 25, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Lafayette, IN. to Emerson and Nellie Metzger. Leona was the second oldest of seven children. She grew up on a farm and after high school, became an administrative assistant until her marriage.
Leona’s faith played a big part in her life at Ebenezer Methodist Church in Newark, DE and Mariner's Bethal Methodist Church in Ocean View, DE. She was involved with the Women’s groups that included several Mission trips and the choir. She was one of the original members of the Bulletin Babes at Mariner’s Bethal.
An avid sports women and fierce competitor, she earned many bowling and golf trophies that included a nine hole country club tournament championship and even achieved a hole in one. She loved playing bridge and most recently she had picked up the game of Sequence, of which she would always triumph over her husband. She loved playing the piano and organ.
Leona and her husband of 73 years raised four children, including being challenged with a special needs child. She had the courage to care for her son at home, which led to him being able to walk, write his name, and become a functional member of the special needs community. She proudly watched as he received the Easter Seals Supported Employment Program Employee of the Year.
In addition to her parents and siblings, Leona was preceded in death by her eldest son Darrel O. Neidigh, III. She is survived by her husband Darrel O. Neidigh Jr, son, Dan Neidigh of Newark DE; daughter, Janice Compton and her husband Randy of Anderson, SC, son, David Neidigh and his wife Carol of Phoenix, AZ., and daughter-in-law Cyndy Neidigh of Dry Ridge KY; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She also is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Burial will be at 2pm on Tuesday June 30, 2020 at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, DE with a memorial scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service, 504 Franklin Avenue, Berlin, MD 21811. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.easternshorecremation.com.