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Anne Elizabeth Leppin
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Anne Elizabeth Leppin was born on August 28, 1919. She was the daughter of George Peter and Elizabeth Nightengale Schmitt. She attended elementary and high school in Dallas, Oregon.
After graduation of high school, she accepted a secretarial position in the office of the Superintendent of City Public Schools in Dallas, Oregon. From there, she moved to the Polk County Court House to the Agricultural Conservation Service Agency, now known as the Farm Service Agency. Here she met her future husband, Rudolph Leppin Jr., a Yamhill County farmer with farm interests in Dundee, Amity and Monmouth family farms. They married on December 7, 1939.
Anne farmed with her husband Rudy for 55 years on the Dundee farm until his death in 1994. She continued living and farming on the “home-place” for several years until her death on January 5, 2018.
Anne was always active throughout Yamhill County for years in many endeavors. She was a founder in 1942 of the rural Unity School District Unity Lady’s Club, meeting monthly until 2003. Items and history of that group have been donated to the Yamhill County Historical Society. Anne was an advocate for agricultural importance in our area. In 1949 she and Rudy were integral in organizing the Farm Bureau Federation in Yamhill County. She held numerous offices and was the County Women’s Chairman and board member for many years. In the past few years she has been invited to be a key speaker on the historical events involving the Farm Bureau in Oregon.
Working on the farm with her husband, raising 4 children, involved in school and community activities, Anne spent the summer months at Stayton Company freezer plant as a product grader for 13 years. Anne enjoyed those years of personal gratification, getting to know fellow farmers and enjoying the friendships of the girls working the lines. They became an extended family, whom she kept in touch with throughout the years.
She was a speaker and a writer. During the decade of the 90’s, she not only wrote her own biography, she researched the four family genealogy as well. She loved poetry and music. She had a vast collection of poetry which she enjoyed reciting. She played the piano, organ, accordion, guitar and harmonica.
Anne enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, canning and food preservation. She was skilled at crocheting, knitting, quilt making and during the 60’s, she spent eight years producing decorative party and wedding cakes. She traveled throughout the years going to the Holy Land, Israel, Egypt, Greece, many countries in Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Australia and the Fiji’s all on her own. In later years her traveling companion was Dorothea Borden, and they sought out Oregon back roads, roads ends, and tired old towns all over the state. They enjoyed various other spots of personal interest. Her life has been very fulfilling and rewarding.
Left to honor her memory are two sons, Kenneth (Gail) Leppin and Robert (Kathy) Leppin of Dundee, daughter-in-law Dorothy Leppin of Portland and daughter Peggy (Richard) Schaad of Newberg, four grandsons, four granddaughters, and eight great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Rudolph Leppin Jr., son Rudolph Leppin III, two sisters and two brothers.
Services for Anne will be Saturday, January 20th at 1:00 pm at Chapel of Macy and Son, McMinnville. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to Dayton Baptist Church or Dayton Historical Society c/o Macy and Son.


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Saturday

20

Jan

1:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

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