Leila V. KinneyLeila, V. Kinney, age 97, passed away on Feb. 13, 2013 at Valley Memorial Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND, where she had resided since June 2006. Leila was born Dec. 15, 1915 in Momence, IL. The daughter of Leo & Leona Kinney, at age 5 she moved with her family to Manvel, ND where she attended grade and high school. She later attended Mayville State Teachers College and then went on to earn her degree at UND. After teaching a few years, she joined the WAVES and served for three years. Later she went back to school to obtain a Master’s Degree in Social Work at UCLA. It was in Los Angeles that she first learned to drive a car! Leila worked for 46 years as a social worker in the counties of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura.
During Leila’s working years she was very active in many organizations and volunteer groups. She enjoyed participating in church activities and was a member of Federated Church in Grand Forks. Gardening was one of her favorite hobbies – she loved flowers and had a large rose garden.