Ethil Leona Lane, 90


Funeral services for Ethil Leona (Fleetwood) Lane, 90, of Squires, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, in the Clinkingbeard Chapel in Ava with burial following in the Murray Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday at 1 p.m. until servicetime. Officiating will be Rev. Zach Hartgraves. She died Feb. 18, at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare in Ava with her family by her side.

Ethil was born Sept. 18, 1933, in Squires, at her family home to Dave and Maggie (Hitchcock) Fleetwood. She weighed 2 pounds, slept in a dresser drawer and was soon nicknamed Bodee.

Ethil was the baby out of six children. She was less than 4.5 foot tall, but she would give a person a run for their money. She had a contagious smile and an unforgettable laugh.

Ethil married Leon Lane in Douglas County, on Sept. 2, 1956, and they had two sons, Marvin and Alvin.

Ethil worked some at the Douglas County sale barn as a cook and was a homemaker. She also traveled with the road construction group with her husband where she would cook for the road crew. 

Ethil was a Christian and attended Murray Church and Thornfield House of Prayer where she was known for her helicopter move. 

Ethil enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening, quilting and most of all spending time with her family. Ethil took great pride in helping raise her granddaughters, Nina and Kellie.

Ethil is survived by one son, Marvin Lane; two granddaughters, Nina and spouse Cheryl Lane and Kellie and spouse Jerry Anderson; one grandson, Alvin Brown; four great-grandchildren, Anthony Edgmon II, Alexis Edgmon, Wyatt Edgmon and Riley Welch; a host of step-great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Tyler Reagan, Makenna McFarlin, Victoria James, Mason Curtis and David Edgmon, who is currently serving in the United States Navy stationed in Japan; sisters-in-law: Sylvia Fleetwood, Wanda Ray, Barbara Helms; and one brother-in-law Charles Lane; many nieces; nephews; a host of relatives and many friends; a special nurse Paula Thornton, whom Ethil called, “Granny”; many caregivers at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare in Ava, where those who knew her well made sure she always had Dr. Pepper and honeybuns. 

Ethil is preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband Leon; one son Alvin; her parents William and Maggie; five siblings: brothers Sherman Fleetwood, Burney Fleetwood and Dave Fleetwood; and sisters, Dorthy Plumb and Ella Doran; and a very special niece, Betty Hesterlee, who she loved dearly.

Memorials may be made to the Murray Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to

Arrangements are under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava.

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