Nola Standley, 89, sister of Spring Valley woman

Nola Doreen Standley, 89, of New Boston, Mo., died on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Macon Healthcare in Macon, Mo.

She was born on Dec. 10, 1929, in Norris, S.D., to Adolph and Caroline (Schultz) Schmidt.

She graduated from Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, Minn.

She moved to Princeton, Ill., at the age of 29 to become a houseparent to eight to 16 little boys at Covenant Children’s Home, where she was a great influence for many years. Robert Mitchell wrote a book called Castaway Kid and told of her care in it.

She attended the New Boston Christian Church.

She married James Robert Standley on April 4, 1981. He preceded her in death in 2017.

She is survived by a sister, Erma Werth of Spring Valley; stepson, Calvin (Beth) Standley of Malden, Ill.; stepdaughters, Marcia (Paul) Wooden of Polo, Ill., Wanda (Cecil) Miller of Bloomington, Ill., and Linda (Bob) Krzywda of Dallas, Ga.; several nieces and nephews; 13 stepgrandchildren; 20 stepgreat-grandchildren; two stepgreat-great-grandchildren and close friends, Kathryn Milner of Marceline and Nancy Corbin of New Boston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; brothers, Louis, Sylvester, Darrell and Adolph; sisters, Jeanette, Avis and Melba and stepson, Keith Standley.

Funeral services for her were held on Monday, April 15, at Delaney Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Helton Cemetery in Goldsberry, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the New Boston Christian Church or Helton Cemetery and mailed to Delaney Funeral Home, 1720 N. Missouri, Marceline, MO 64658.