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Mary Patricia (Howell) Greenleaf (1916 - 2013)

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Mary Patricia "Patti" Greenleaf formerly Howell aka Gleason
Born in Centerville, Appanoose, Iowa, United Statesmap
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Died in Centerville, Appanoose, Iowamap
Profile last modified | Created 17 Mar 2019 | Last significant change: 18 Mar 2019
01:47: Stephanie (Hooper) Barney added Robert Wendell Greenleaf (1914-1971) as spouse for Mary Patricia (Howell) Greenleaf (1916-2013). [Thank Stephanie for this]
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Obituary: Patricia (Patty) Gleason

Posted October 21, 2013 in Obituaries

July 1, 1916 – October 18, 2013 Mary Patricia (Patti) Gleason, age 97 of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Friday afternoon, October 18, 2013 at Centerville Nursing & Rehab, Centerville, Iowa. A native of Centerville, Patti was the daughter of C.W. (Jack) Howell and Mary (Buzz) Howell. Her childhood home was a Queen Anne Victorian situated on the Drake Avenue lot now occupied by the Alliant Energy building. Patti’s Centerville roots extend to her great-grandfather, C.W. Howell, who moved to Southern Iowa from South Hampton, New York, in 1846. Her grandfather, C.F. Howell, built the Howell building on the south side of the square in 1916, the year of Patti’s birth. After graduating from CHS in 1934, Patti attended Ward-Belmont College for Women in Nashville for two years, then graduated from the Northwestern University School of Journalism in 1938. She worked in Des Moines for Look magazine and the Des Moines Register before returning to Centerville to be the first manager of the local Sears Order Office. In 1939, she married Robert W. Greenleaf, also of Centerville. The couple began their married life in Washington, D.C., where Patti worked in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury and Bob for the Department of the Interior. After a brief stay in Oregon, they returned to Centerville in 1947, where Bob joined the Valentine Law Firm. Bob later became General Counsel and then President of the Iowa Southern Utilities Company, serving in the latter capacity for a decade. Bob and Patti had two sons, Stephen, who lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Ann, and Jon, who resides in Redmond, Oregon, with his wife Colleen. She had two grandchildren, Aaron of Portland and Christine of Snohomish, Washington, mother of Patti’s only great-grandchild, Keaghan Mezo. Bob Greenleaf died in 1971. Patti’s sister, Margaret (Peggy) Venell died two years later.

In 1973, Patti married optometrist M. Patrick (Doc) Gleason, former Citizen of the Year of Centerville. She had two step-children from that marriage: Pat Peterson of Calabasas, California, and Dan Gleason of San Diego. Doc Gleason died in 2001.


  • *1920 United States Federal Census

Name: Mary P Howell Age: 3 Birth Year: abt 1917 Birthplace: Iowa Home in 1920: Centerville Ward 2, Appanoose, Iowa Street: S 12 St St Residence Date: 1920 Race: White Gender: Female Relation to Head of House: Daughter Marital status: Single Father's name: Charles W Howell Father's Birthplace: Iowa Mother's name: Mary Howell Mother's Birthplace: Ohio Household Members: Name Age Charles W Howell 29 Mary Howell 29 Mary P Howell 3

  • Source Citation

Year: 1920; Census Place: Centerville Ward 2, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll: T625_477; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 17

  • 1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Patricia Howell Birth Year: abt 1917 Gender: Female Race: White Birthplace: Iowa Marital status: Single Relation to Head of House: Granddaughter Home in 1930: Centerville, Appanoose, Iowa, USA Map of Home: View Map Street address: Drake Avenue Ward of City: Third Pt of House Number: 1015 Dwelling Number: 151 Family Number: 152 Attended School: Yes Able to Read and Write: Yes Father's Birthplace: Iowa Mother's Birthplace: Iowa Able to Speak English: Yes Household Members: Name Age C Fred Howell 65 C W Howell 40 Mary Howell 39 Patricia Howell 13 Margaret Howell 3 Alta Harsh 20

  • Source Citation

Year: 1930; Census Place: Centerville, Appanoose, Iowa; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0009; FHL microfilm: 2340376

  • 1940 United States Federal Census

Name: Patricai Greenleaf Respondent: Yes Age: 23 Estimated birth year: abt 1917 Gender: Female Race: White Birthplace: Iowa Marital status: Married Relation to Head of House: Wife Home in 1940: Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia Map of Home in 1940: View Map Street: New Hampshire Ave NW House Number: 1725 Inferred Residence in 1935: Centrills, Iowa Residence in 1935: Centrills, Iowa Resident on farm in 1935: No Sheet Number: 7B Attended School or College: No Highest Grade Completed: College, 4th year Weeks Worked in 1939: 52 Income: 780 Income Other Sources: No Household Members: Name Age Robert W Greenleaf 25 Patricai Greenleaf 23

  • Source Citation

Year: 1940; Census Place: Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia; Roll: m-t0627-00556; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 1-98

  • Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925

Name Mary J Howell Age 8 Birth Year abt 1917 Birth Place Iowa Residence Date 1 Jan 1925 Residence Place Center, Appanoose, Iowa, USA Race White Gender Female Relation to Head Daughter Marital Status Single Father Charles W Howell Father Age 35 Father Birth Year abt 1890 Father Birth Place Iowa Mother Mary Elizabeth Hale Mother Age 34 Mother Birth Year abt 1891 Mother Birth Place Iowa Parents' Marriage Place Iowa Household Members Name Age Name Charles W Howell Age 35 Name Mary Elizabeth Howell Age 34 Name Mary J Howell Age 8

  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

  • Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1999

Name: Mary Patrica Howell Christening Place: First Presbyterian Church, Centerville, Appanoose, Iowa FHL Film Number: 1007191

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