In Memory of Julie Ann Gilbert-Leed

Julie Ann Gilbert-Leed
Julie Ann Gilbert-Leed
Born: March 15, 1973
Died: October 25, 2018
Age: 45
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Julie Ann Gilbert-Leed
March 15, 1973 - October 25, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Julie Ann Gilbert-Leed, age 45, of Ida Grove, Iowa (formerly of Webster City, IA) passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at her residence surrounded by her family in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Arthur Evangelical Free Church of Arthur, Iowa. Pastor Al Tunberg and Pastor Tyler Parson will officiate. A Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2018, at the Arthur Evangelical Free Church of Arthur, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

    Julie Ann Gilbert-Leed, the daughter of Ron and Connie (Gollob) Gilbert, was born on March 15, 1973, in the middle of a snowstorm in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She attended Webster City Schools, graduating with the class of 1991. One of the highlights of her high school career was being a Lynx cheerleader. Julie would continue her education at Iowa Central Community College and Iowa State University graduating in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Services.

    Julie locked eyes with Ryan Leed in September of 1991, the couple were joined as one on June 4, 1994, in Webster City, Iowa. The couple purchased their first home in Webster City in 1995 and Julie had the joy of operating Koality Kids Family Daycare in her home for a year.

    In 1996, Julie then had the opportunity to help her folks with the family’s business at Gilbert Jewelers. The couple relocated to Peoria, Illinois, in 1998 so Ryan could further his career in aviation. From 1998-2000, they lived in Chicago, Illinois, where Julie continued to run her in home day care.

    In 2000, they moved to Ida Grove, Iowa and after the birth of her son Garrett, she started Happy Family Day Care out of their home. Julie was an avid believer in health and wellness. She had the opportunity to work in direct sales, with most the recent as a Market America business owner.

    Music was a large part of Julie’s life and she treasured praising her Lord through worship.  She has always had a heart to care for and minister to children.  It filled her cup to be involved in church activities, teach Sunday School and direct Awana Sparks. Often times she opened her home to many neighborhood children and gave of herself unconditionally.  Julie would literally move mountains to meet the needs for others, a faithful prayer warrior, and an encourager for those with struggles.

    Julie adored her children and was their loudest cheerleader and supporter in all of their amazing adventures. Julie’s happy place was Hawaii, which she had visited numerous times throughout her life. A recent activity that Julie enjoyed with her family was spending time in the great outdoors camping.

    Left to celebrate the life she lived, is the love of her life husband Ryan Leed of Ida Grove, IA and their children Garrett Ryan Leed, Faith Gabrielle Leed, Gage Thomas Leed; parents Ron and Connie Gilbert of Webster City, IA; brother Scott (Kristi) Gilbert of Kansas City, MO;  sister Jeana (Michael) McBride of Webster City, IA; mother-in-law Judy Leed of Anita, IA; sister-in-law Amber (Brian) Leed-Kelly of Omaha, NE; nieces and nephews: Shelby, Olivia, Lexie, Kai, Haven, Jada, Reagan, and Elena; numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends.

    Julie was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents; paternal grandparents; and father-in-law Mike Leed. 



3:00 p.m., Saturday
November 3, 2018
Arthur Evangelical Free Church
Arthur, Iowa


Pastor Al Tunberg
Pastor Tyler Parson


Truman Clark
Nathan Masters
Nick Larson
Jake Loffredo
Barry Youngdale
Jacob Henderson


4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 2, 2018
Arthur Evangelical Free Church
Arthur, Iowa


"Oh Happy Day"
"Blessed Be Your Name"
"Ten Thousand Reasons (Bless the Lord)"
"Reckless Love"
"Trust In You" recorded by Faith Leed
"Sinking Deep" recorded by Jamie Brown


Monday, November 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM
“Ryan and family, So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rod and Karla Schneider”
- Rod and Karla Schneider
Friday, November 2, 2018 at 3:13 PM
“Ryan, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers!”
- Kent & Jill Godbersen
Friday, November 2, 2018 at 9:59 AM
“Praying His peace that surpasses understanding to surround you. Celebrating and grieving with you. Julie was and is a brilliant light in God's kingdom.”
- Aaron and Joy Fopma
Friday, November 2, 2018 at 9:59 AM
“Ron and Connie I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter, Julie. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Hazel Lenz
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 10:07 AM
“Julie was beautiful inside and out. It was an honor and privilege to have known her here and I will be looking forward to meeting her again in eternity. Praise be to God!”
- Sue Doolittle
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 4:28 PM
“Leo Buscaglia wrote in The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: "It's been about the sun and the moon. It's been about happy times together. It's been about the shade and the old people and the children. It's been about colors in Fall. It's been about seasons." Julie truly provided us with some beautiful seasons. Prayers and love to the Leeds. Our thoughts are with you.
Kaye and Gerrid Otto”
- Kaye Otto
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 9:07 AM
“Beloved family of Julie, though Julie no longer needs my prayers, you all will continue to be in my prayers in this time of grief. I am asking the great Comforter to cuddle you in His arms of mercy and peace. May you feel His care of you through the love you receive from others, through your brothers and sisters in Jesus, through the power of His word and through your love for each other. Grace and peace to you, Marcy Bertran”
- Marcy Bertran
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 9:07 AM
“So shocked to hear about the loss of Julie. I was raised in Webster City and loved going into Gilberts Jewelers they made you feel so welcome including Julie she was so helpful and such a sweet spirit. My prayers are with the families. Hugs and prayers ”
- Tina Deckard Crouch
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 2:56 PM
“Saddened to hear of Julie's passing. I worked with her several years back at El Centro restaurant. She was one of the most positive upbeat people I have worked with. Hugs and prayers to her family and god bless.”
- BrendaJohnston
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 12:29 PM
“So shocked to learn of this, Ryan. I've enjoyed getting to know you through the Denison Airport Board. God's comfort to you and your family. Butch”
- Butch and Renee Miller
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:07 AM
“RIP Beautiful Angel!! You will be greatly missed!! ”
- Jessica Coleman
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 6:34 PM
“Rest in peace young lady. Our sincerest condolences to all the family. She will truly be missed.”
- Shane & Kim Ankrum
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 6:34 PM
“Our deepest symphaty and may God's love comfort you in this time of sorrow.”
- David & Marites Kelly
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 11:58 AM
“We wiii miss Julie - she was always a delight to visit with at the airport. Sorry I can’t be there for Ryan and the family now.”
- John Amdor
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 11:58 AM
“My deepest sympathies, Julie you will alway have a special place in my heart. Your energy, dedication, kindness, and compassion are qualities you don’t come across everyday so when it came time for my son to be in daycare we found you and forever greatful as you treated him like he was yours. You were so full of life! Heaven gained a very special Angel!”
- Angie Donahe-Anderson
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9:22 AM
“So deeply sad to see this. Julie was one of the most kind hearted people i've known. God's grace be with all of her family.”
- Angie Strom
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9:22 AM
“Our prayers are with you. So sorry”
- Steven and Joyce Schnabel
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9:22 AM
“Do sorry to hear of your loss Leed family. Julie was a joy to know & always brightened my day. She will be missed greatly. Prayers & hugs to you & your loved ones & to all the lives she touched with her kind words, big contagious smile & laughter, her right sparkling eyes & her giving nature & heart.”
- Sarah Ward
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9:21 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. ”
- Teri Benner
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