Harriet J. Van Der Leest, 80, of Morrison, died Sunday,?Aug. 12, 2012, at her home. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at Ebenezer Reformed Church, Morrison. The funeral will follow at noon at the church. Kenneth Renkes will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. McDonald Funeral Home, Fulton, assisted the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Ebenezer Reformed Church Organ Fund; First United Methodist Church, Geneseo; Mercy Home Care and Hospice; or Fellowship of Christian?Cowboys.
She was born on June 20, 1932, in Morrison, the daughter of Dick J. and Willemina (Vos) Bush. She attended Morrison Schools. She married Donald Van Der Leest on June 27, 1952, in Morrison. She was employed by Morrison School?District as bookkeeper/treasurer for many years; was co-owner of the former Morrison Locker Service with her husband, Don; and had worked as a receptionist at the Whiteside County Health Department and the Whiteside County Farm Bureau in Morrison. She was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church, Morrison and was a volunteer at Mercy Hospital in Clinton,?Iowa.
Survivors include her husband, Don; her daughter, Linda Van Der Leest of Geneseo; her son, Larry (Sandi) Van Der Leest of Morrison; two grandchildren, Kyle and Shayna Van?Der Leest; “special family” Tisha Bush,?Wesley Bush and Colton?Bush; and her sister-in-law, Roberta Bush of Erie. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Harvey Bush.