Leora Mae Messersmith, 83, of Farnam died Jan. 31, 2021, at the Elwood Care Center. She was born Sept. 6, 1937, in North Platte daughter of Mike and Sylvia Knoll.
She attended rural school at the Knoll family ranch early on and then attended school just south of the family ranch on the "Booze place". She was united in marriage to Garold "Keith" Messersmith on Aug. 11, 1954, in Tryon. While her husband served in the service they were stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for basic training, then they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas for two years. They eventually moved back to the farm south of Farnam where she lived until June 2018, when she moved to Senior Living Choices in Curtis, and then to Elwood Care Center.
Lea loved spending time with the love of her life, Keith, whom she met on a blind date. She loved to fuss over him - they were a pair of love bugs who cared deeply for each other. She was Dad's right hand, his best friend, and they were married 64 years. Her life revolved around her family, her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, and they fondly called her, "Grandma Lea" and "Gram."
Mom was always up before everyone else each morning. She would go outside and start the chores. Every summer Mom would get around 400 chickens. Everyone knew she made the best fried chicken, served with her chicken gravy and mashed potatoes.
Mom had a special relationship with animals. She would hand milk several cows, morning and night, and could milk them faster than anyone. She was also Dad's partner when it came time to tag calves. She was involved with everything on the farm, just the same as the guys (only better.)
She took special pride in growing a perfect lawn, and growing many different kinds of flowers, and shrubs. Christmas time was a very special time for Mom. She took over a month to decorate the house in fascinating ways, and come Christmas eve, everyone made plans to be at Mom and Dad's house.
She loved to sing, had a strong faith and a fierce love of God. Heaven just got even brighter when one of their truest angels came home.
She was a member of The United Methodist Church in Farnam, Farm Bureau and was a part of Jerry Peterson's Bus touring club.
Survivors include her daughter, Pam (Jim) Glodowski; two sons, Mike (Beth) Messersmith of Gothenburg and Pat (Sandra) Messersmith of Maywood; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Tom Vickers, and daughter-in-law Teresa Schneider.
Leora was preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Sylvia Knoll; husband, Keith Messersmith; son, Garold Messersmith; twin brothers, Vernard Knoll and Bob Knoll; sister, Betty Knoll; sister-in-law, Shirley Vickers; and parents-in-law, Herbert and Zella Messersmith.
Private family services were held at Farnam United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Duncan Iburri and Rev. Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Public graveside services took place in the Farnam Cemetery on Friday, Feb. 5. Memorials may be given to the Farnam Cemetery, Farnam Methodist Church, Farnam Fire and Rescue or the Frontier County Ambulance.