Cover photo for Lesley Mae (Peo)  Wooton's Obituary

Lesley Mae (Peo) Wooton

April 3, 1924 — April 7, 2021

Lesley Mae Dingman-Wooton, 97, of New Carlisle, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Hamilton Communities.

Lesley was born in Michigan City, IN, on April 3, 1924 to Albert and Laura (Hileman) Peo.

On May 24, 1941 in La Porte, IN, she married Lowell G. Dingman, who preceded her in death.  Then, in Mishawaka, IN, on October 18, 1980, she married Kempton J. Wooton, who preceded her in death.  Surviving Lesley are her children, LaVerne Kniola of Michigan City, LaDonna (Bob) Danielson of Niles, MI, Lyle (Susan) Dingman of Michigan City, and Lanny (Joyce) Dingman of Sarasota, FL; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; daughters, Lynne L. Kaser Lootens and LaVonne Wick; son, Loren Dingman; four sisters; and two brothers

Lesley was born and raised on a farm in Springfield Township.  During WWII, she cared for their twins while her husband, Lowell, was serving his country.  Together they raised seven children and she was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother.  Lesley spent many years as a homemaker, flower gardener, salesperson at Ohmings Dress Shop, and receptionist for Dr. K. J. Wooton.  She enjoyed traveling, outings with family, and took pleasure in cooking for picnics and holiday gatherings.  She loved the Lord and was active in church activities and was a kind and compassionate person who will be missed by those who knew her.  She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Michigan City, IN.

A private family Memorial Service will be held at Swan Lake Gardens at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. John's United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Road, Michigan City, IN  46360 or to Hamilton Grove Greencroft Communities, P.O. Box 819, Goshen, IN  46527-0819.

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