Lena (Lee) P. Haley

  • Born: February 13, 1923
  • Died: January 15, 2013
  • Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Peterson Funeral Home

602 E. Salem
Indianola, IA 50125

Tel. (515) 961-2215

Tribute & Message From The Family


Lena (Lee) P. (Riddle) Haley, of Des Moines, was born February 13, 1923 in Chilhowee, Missouri and passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 at Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola, with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Indianola.
Lee was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Cliff Haley; parents, Walter and Minnie Mae (Albin) Riddle and step-mother, Ruby (Craven) Riddle; five sisters, one brother and son-in-law Jim Smith.
Her memory will be cherished by her four daughters, Sharron (Bob) McKnight of Pleasant Hill, Nanci (Jim) Oliver of Des Moines, Bee Smith of Hartford and Jeanie (Mike) Smith of Coos Bay, Oregon; six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, two great- great- grandchildren; two sisters and one brother.
Lee retired from Farmland Insurance in 1986. Following retirement she volunteered 23 years at Mercy Hospital, worked the elections polls and continued being very active in her church, Indianola Heights Christian Church. Cliff and Lee enjoyed square dancing since 1953, clogging, camping, traveling and spending time with her family.
Memorial contributions may be given to Indianola Heights Christian Church, Des Moines, Iowa where she has been a member for many years. Online condolences to www.petersonfunerals.com


Condolence & Memory Journal


I miss you. Have a great family reunion up there. Love, Becky.

Posted by Becky Haley - Family   January 14, 2017


I will always remember seeing all of the good work she did by volunteering at the hospital. Love, Becky

Posted by Becky Haley - IA - niece   January 14, 2016

Hello happy new year

My name is miss dianna,i want us to be friends i don't know how you will feel about it,please you can write to me through my email (diannabangura@yahoo.com.sg) i'm sorry if i am embarrassing you, i shall explain all about my self including my pictures.
yours in love,
Miss dianna

Posted by idanna - bay, IA - good   January 24, 2013


We are so sorry and deeply touched by the loss of our special friend, Lee.

Lee and Cliff spent many hours with us visiting and teaching us to square dance. We traveled with them to many Iowa dances where Cliff was calling the dance. We really enjoyed being with Lee and Cliff at Fireside Square Dance Club and attending the Iowa Square Dance Conventions.

We met Nanci and Jim through Lee and Cliff. Nanci and Jim became our close friends and taught us the love of round dancing.

Our acquaintance with Lee and Cliff taught us many of life's lessons and gave us the opportunity to meet and dance with many great people for several years.

Lee was a special, caring, loving person who loved her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

May God bless and comfort her family during these hours and days of pain.

Posted by Cecil & Donna Pace - Janesville, WI - Close Friends   January 20, 2013


My heart goes out to your family for your loss. Lee brought so many happy moments to so many lives, and left us with a treasure trove of fond memories; may those memories give you strength. I will remember her as a sweet and loving nurturer to all who knew her. In your grief and loss, please know that you are always remembered. May the love of the people around you help you through your pain. "Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight."

Posted by Anna Stevenson - MURPHY, OR - Sister-in-law to Betty & Jeanie   January 19, 2013

We first met Lee at the Casey Square Dance while her husband was calling many years ago. Later we became acquainted with their daughter Nanci and her husband, Jim who was calling round dances. When we joined the Camping Club we met again. It has been a very fun relationship for us. We extend our deepest sympathy to all the family.

Posted by Earnest & Dorothy Kopaska - Dexter, IA - friends   January 18, 2013


"Mama" Lee was a very special person who will be greatly missed by all those who had the honor of her touching their lives. As a devoted wife to Cliff and mother of four children - (all girls!) - one couldn't help but be awed by her family values and the exuberant zest for living which was so evident in Lee.

Posted by Michael J. Smith (Mike) - Coos Bay, OR - son-in-law   January 17, 2013

So sorry to hear about Lee's passing. She was a great lady! Our family had many great times with her and Cliff square dancing. They took me under their wing when I started calling, and taught me a lot about the business and also about life. She will be greatly missed. Whenever I see a caller calling with their had in their pocket I will always think of Lee and Cliff. My prayers go to the families!

Posted by Tom Manning - Burllington, IA - Friend   January 16, 2013