Letha Mae Simmons Tingwald entered the earth plane on April 11th, 1926.


She was born in Attica, Iowa to the parents of Fred and Clara (Reeves) Simmons. Le had four sisters and one brother, all who have preceded her in death except her youngest sister.


In 1947 she married Paul Frederick Tingwald. Her husband graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1952. They returned to Perry in 1952 to assume Dr. Metheny’s practice. Dr. Paul Tingwald had a successful chiropractic practice and was beloved by his many patients. He preceded his wife in death in 1981.


Their union produced four children. Frederika Le Tingwald Juri, Kurt Frederick Tingwald who died at birth, Paula Kay Tingwald Secress, (Bill) and Marcia Ann Tingwald Flory, (Don).


Le was a lifetime student who enjoyed learning and exploring a multitude of topics.


She was an avid gardener, a wonderful cook, a voracious reader, a proud cynic and enjoyed pursuing the visual arts.


Le was a dedicated community volunteer and was passionate about politics and advocating for women and children’s rights.


World religions and cultures fascinated her. Le was a committed student of metaphysics and theosophy most of her adult life.


Being a lifelong member of the Association of Research and Enlightenment and studying the Unity teachings shaped her vision and personal truths.


Le was a devoted mother and grandmother. She adored her four grandchildren, Laurel Kildare, Tiffany Secress, Joshua Flory and Zach Flory and her six greatgrandchildren, Amani Al-Rashid, Savannah Sloss, Trinity Vig-Flory, Delenn Flory, Sheridan Flory and Sinclair Flory.


Spoiling her grandchildren was an art in itself. She loved babies and played an active role in caring for her grandchildren.


Her daughters each pursued at least one of their mother’s passions.


The love of books, gardening, volunteerism and studying the spiritual truths were encouraged and embraced by her family.


Our mother transitioned into the Light on April 24, 2017.


We will deeply miss her daily encouragement, wisdom and truth.


The power of her love and the strength of her soul will sustain the ones she has left behind until we are reunited again.


A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


In lieu of memorials we ask that random acts of kindness be performed to honor our Mother’s compassionate spirit .