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Leola "Lee" Meyer Siehl

July 31, 1927 ~ September 9, 2021 (age 94)


Leola “Lee” Meyer Siehl (nee Booher) of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on September 9, 2021. Born on July 31, 1927 to Laura E. and Harry D.F. Booher in Pemberton, Ohio, she was a resident of Sidney, Ohio until 1952 when she and her husband, John H. Meyer, moved to Phoenix. They had been married 39 years when he passed away. While visiting family and friends in Ohio, she met a widower, Dr. David G. Siehl, through a mutual friend. They were married in 1987.

Lee was a graduate of Sidney High School and after moving to the Phoenix area attended Phoenix College, where she majored in Home Economics. She worked part time for several years at the Corporate Office of the O’Malley Companies. Lee was an active volunteer for many service organizations in the Valley, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Friends of the Foundation for Blind Children, Catholic Charities, Christ Child Society, Phoenix Symphony Guild, Phoenix Symphony Allegro, National Society of Arts and Letters Greater Arizona Chapter, Friends of Family Service Agency and Mental Health Guild. Her primary volunteer work was with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.

Locally, she was a Big Sister, Board Member, Board President and played a major role I the reorganization of Big Sisters of Arizona. She organized seven fundraising groups for the agency and became an Honorary Big Sister in 1978. On the national level, she was a Founding Member of Big Sisters International and served as its President and Board Chairman. She was a member of the BSI/BBA Merger Study Committee and appointed an Honorary Director and Trustee for Life of BBBSA in 1977. She served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America History Committee, Foundation Board, Charles Berwind Lifetime Achievement Award Committee and BBBSA Advisory Board.

Although Lee devoted many hours to community service activities, she always considered her family her first priority. This often required planning, organizing and working while the rest of the family was at work and at school. Together the family shared involvement in church, school, scouting and Big Brother Big Sisters activities. Her volunteer efforts would not have been possible without the love, devotion and unconditional support of her wonderful family.

Survivors include her two children, Michael C. Meyer and Catherine A. Robbins Crowell, two grandchildren, a sister Shirley Gardella (Jay), several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. F. Booher, two brothers, Aaron C. Booher and Forest J. Booher and a sister, Naomi B. Wells. Less is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Scottsdale. Private Internment at Paradise Memorial Gardens, 9300 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, Arizona; Arrangements by Messinger Mortuary, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Contributions in Lee’s memory may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, 1010 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ. 85006; Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, 450 E. John Carpenter Fwy, Suite 100, Irving, TX. 75062; St. Vincent de Paul Society, P.O. Box 13600, Phoenix, AZ. 85002; The National Society of Arts and Letters Greater Arizona Chapter or a favorite charity.

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