Leola "Lee" Ellen (Ahlgrim) Kinson

Born: Mon., Aug. 26, 1935
Died: Wed., Nov. 11, 2015


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 20, 2015
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Fri., Nov. 20, 2015
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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 Leola Lee Kinson


Aug. 26, 1935 - Nov. 11, 2015


EDWARDSBURG - Leola "Lee" Ellen Kinson, 80, of Edwardsburg, Michigan, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, in her home. Lee was born August 26, 1935, in Michigan City, Indiana, to the late Norman C. and Virginia C. (Peck) Ahlgrim. Lee graduated from Washington High School in South Bend in 1952, and attended nursing school in Gary, IN. She was married in 1954 to Richard "Dick" L. Schutt, and had two children, Sherry and Jim. In 1977, Lee married David E. Kinson, with whom she spent 38 wonderful years. Lee worked at Carleton Financial in South Bend for many years as a proof reader. Lee was preceded in death by her loving husband, David, in May of 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Beth Hammond Reed. She is survived by her sister, Janice McKenzie; and brother, Norman Ahlgrim, Jr.; daughter, Sherry (Bill) Holleman; son, Jim (Margo) Schutt; and three stepchildren, Fran (Hazy) Scholl, David Ross Kinson and Kathy (Dick) Doughty. Lee is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Amber (Chas) Grundy, Heather (Kate) Holleman, Nicole Holleman, Emily Fry-Schutt, Charley Fry-Schutt, Eric (Laura) Scholl, Clay Kinson, Neil Doughty, and Charlotte Doughty; and 3 great-grandchildren, Avery Grundy, Elyse Grundy, and Lincoln Willms. Lee served as a Girl Scout Leader, and was known by all as "Iris." She was a member and former President of the Four Arts Club of Elkhart, IN, and member of the Edwards-burg Lioness Club, Order of the Eastern Star, and Eagle Lake Association. She volunteered at Elkhart General Hospital for over 25 years, and also volunteered at the former Rosewood Terrace Nursing Home in Elkhart. She served as a juvenile probation volunteer in Elkhart County. She and David loved to dance, and were members of the 100 Club in South Bend. They also were members of the First United Methodist Church in South Bend and active in several Bible study groups. Lee and David loved to travel together, and took many trips over the years. They toured Europe, China, Russia, the Caribbean, and Hawaii, just to name a few. Lee was an excellent cook, loved to sew and do puzzles, and play cards and games. She was a Scrabble expert, and enjoyed Bridge, Canasta, Cribbage, Euchre, Hearts, and many other board and card games. Lee's greatest joy and passion was spending time with family. She loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and other family members at Eagle Lake. Lee liked nothing better than to spend the day watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren swim, tube, ski, and play at the lake. Lee never met a stranger, and everyone she met became a friend within moments. She was grandmother to all the neighborhood children, and was beloved by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by countless family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 20th, at 2 pm at Welsheimer Funeral Home North at 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, where friends may visit with the family one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Edwardsburg Lioness Club, c/o Lori Bowers, State Farm, PO Box 623, Edwardsburg, MI 49112; or to any charity that supports youth. E-mail condolences may be made at www.welsheimer.com

Charitable donations may be made in Leola's memory to the following organization:

Edwardsburg Lioness Club, c/o Lori Bowers
State Farm, PO Box 623, Edwardsburg, MI 49112

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Mr & Mrs Mitchell Lehman, Deborah Lehman
   Posted Wed November 18, 2015
To our precious family of Lee and Dave Kinson. We loved Lee & Dave!
We have wonderful memories as family at Simonton Lake at Huber & Ginny's
home on the lake. Memories to last forever in our hearts of their family & grand kids. Always Lee & Dave had a smile on their faces and lots of laughter to share with anyone they came in contact with. They had a true servants heart and gave them selves away. No one was a stranger! They volunteered at hospitals, nursing homes, and served as juvenile probation volunteers in Elkhart County. I loved the fact that Lee was the neighborhood grandmother at Eagle Lake. They loved kids and they brought them great joy! We will truly miss them in our lives but know we will see them again in heaven because they had a personnel relationship with Christ. All our Love and blessings too the family. Stay in touch
Love Mitch & Debra Lehman & family

Mary Rau
   Posted Thu November 19, 2015
Eagle Lake Neighbor, Lioness, my grand daughters, along with me and our long conversations will miss her so very much. I was so privileged to know her. Sherry, I am so glad to have gotten to meet you a few times. Lee's eyes always lit up when she talked about you, your family, and all the rest of her family memembers. As all who knew her, SHE WILL TRUELY BE MISSED. I will continue to thank her for getting me started with BSF. And always thank God for her in my life for so many years. Middy will be glad to see her. God Bless You all.

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