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Leona Nelson a treasure

Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Every now and then, there are a few individuals who give so much of their time and energy for the benefit of others that they should be regarded as “national treasures.”

Crystal Lake resident Leona Nelson was one such individual.

In the course of her 96 years, she stood up to school boards, park boards, township officials and city councils on behalf of taxpayers and residents. She even traveled to Washington to meet with Lady Bird Johnson to gain help in bringing city water and sewer to her area, to ensure clean water for the residents and to preserve the quality of the lake.

Well into her 80s, while still employed full time, she also helped care for her great-grandchildren, held an elected position on the park board and served as a very active precinct committee woman.

I was privileged to be her friend and know that I will not be the only one to miss her. If residents enjoy the lake and all the park district has to offer; have clean water to drink; know that each child will receive the same level of education, regardless of which school they attend; if, indeed, Crystal Lake is a good place to live, it is due, in large part, to Leona Nelson.

Patricia D. Morris

Crystal Lake

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