Leona Elizabeth (Potthoff) Baxter

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Leona Elizabeth (Potthoff) Baxter

July 17, 1933 - Sept. 8, 2020

PALISADE, Neb. — Leona Elizabeth (Potthoff) Baxter, age 87, of Palisade, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at her home in Palisade.

Leona was born July 17, 1933, on the family farm northwest of Beverly, Neb., to parents, John and Amelia (Fries) Potthoff. She was one of five children born to this union. Leona and her siblings grew up in Hitchcock County, attending country school and graduating from Palisade High School with the Class of 1950. Leona received her teaching certification and taught in the country schools.

On June 1, 1951, Leona married her sweetheart, Richard Baxter, in Palisade where the couple made their home and were blessed with five children.

Leona enjoyed the years spent raising her children and will be remembered as the neighborhood mother. Her fried chicken was a family favorite and she enjoyed baking for all to enjoy. Leona was a history buff who enjoyed studying maps and was known as the family historian. She was immersed in her community and loved attending her children and grandchildren’s activities. Leona served as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, the AMVETS Auxiliary and was a Boy Scout Leader. She was also an EMT for the Palisade Fire and Rescue as well as a member of the Palisade United Methodist Church.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard Baxter; son, James Baxter; infant sister, Lillian; and two brothers, Robert and Franklin Potthoff.

Those left to celebrate her life include her children, Richard “Alan” Baxter and Gary Baxter, both of Palisade, Beverly (Mike) Green and Linda (David) Buck, all of McCook, Neb.; brother, Henry (Janice) Potthoff of Carroll, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Betty Potthoff and Mildred Baxter, both of Palisade, and Kay (Bob) Green of Yuma, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family members and lifelong friends.

A final farewell book signing with family present to greet friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home, McCook.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at the Palisade United Methodist Church with Pastor Elias Mukindia officiating.

Inurnment will follow in the Palisade Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are designated to the donor’s choice and may be directed to Carpenter Breland Funeral Home, P.O.B. 476, McCook, NE 69001.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook has been entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit our website at www.carpenterbreland.com to sign the online guestbook for the family.