OSKALOOSA — Eugenia “Jeanne” Lindahl, 73, of Oskaloosa, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa.
She was born Oct.14, 1940, at Oak Park, Ill., the daughter of Kenneth and Doris Bailey Moore. She graduated from LaGrange High School in Illinois. She furthered her education earning her B.S. in Child Development in 1961, and her M.S. in 1965 both from Iowa State University. In 1960, she was united in marriage to James E. Dixon, the two of them later divorced. In 1983 she earned a second master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. On June 22, 1991, she was united in marriage to Charles Lindahl in Bella Vista, Ark. Jeanne spent her career in education. She started out as a professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University in 1961. In 1991 she moved to Tulsa, Okla., and became the curriculum director at the Children’s Medical Center B.E.S.T. preschool. She was the curriculum director there until 1995, when she retired to care for her husband Chuck. She cared for him until his death on April 8, 1996. In August of 2001, Jeanne moved to Oskaloosa to be near her son Steve and his family. Jeanne loved music, she was a very accomplished violinist and violist, and she played with the Tulsa Community College Symphony, the Iowa State Symphony and the Oskaloosa Symphony. She also enjoyed the outdoors and dancing. Jeanne was a lifelong advocate of children’s rights, she had served on the Governors Council for that cause. She had a lifelong passion for education especially early childhood education. She was a lifelong student. She delighted in spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa, I.S.U. Delta Zeta, Day Care and Child Services Council of America, American Home Economics Association, Iowa and International and Midwestern Association for the Education of Young Children, and the council for Exceptional Children.
Her family includes her two sons, Steve (and Kim) Dixon, of Oskaloosa, and Michael Dixon, of Washington, D.C.; a granddaughter, Randie Jo Dixon, of Oskaloosa; a step daughter, Maria (and Greg) Greenfield, of Norman, Okla.; two step grandchildren, Nicole and Cody; her brother, Kenneth (and Linda) Moore Jr., of Little Rock, Ark.; her sister, Sue (and William) Burdick, of Rochester, N.Y.; brothers and sisters in law, Keith Forehand, of Chipley, Fla., and Mary Jo (and Bob) Aegeter, of Bellingham, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marjorie Forehand; and a step son, David Lindahl.
As education was her passion, Jeanne has donated her body to the University Of Iowa Carver College Of Medicine. A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family will be at the funeral chapel from 11:30 a.m. until service time at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday to greet friends and relatives. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Hospice Serenity House, Alzheimer’s Association or United Methodist Committee on Relief.