Elissa D. Chaney, 56, of Douds, Iowa, passed away at 1:34 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua, Iowa.
Born on November 11, 1966, in Fort Madison, Iowa, the daughter of Arnulfo Becerra and Sandra Hatfield. In November of 1984, she married John Chaney Sr. He preceded her in death.
She is survived by her three children: Crystal Becerra of Fort Madison, Iowa, John Chaney Jr. of Davenport, Iowa and James Chaney of Burlington, Iowa; seven grandchildren: Kaylee Wynn, Madison Wynn, Ariana Padgett, Mallory Chaney, Lathan Chaney, Lexus Chaney and Angel Chaney; sister: Melissa (Mike) Boyd of Athens, Alabama; step brother: Mike (Nina) Finley of Port Richey, Florida. Also surviving are two nephews: Tyler Trueblood and Orion Boyd and niece: Mariah Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her mother; step father: James Finley; daughter in infancy: Jennifer Chaney; sister: Angel Becerra and significant other: Raymond Williams.
She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a great friend to all, loved her kids, animals, especially her dog Diesel, and was a loving sister.
Lisa was a kind and compassionate soul to all She met. Her best quality being her huge heart. This could also be her biggest downfall as she loved people and would help them out to the point of denying herself.
She cared for many people in her lifetime as a caretaker. She was diligent with their care and took great measures to ensure they were taken care of properly and most of all that they were loved.
Her greatest honor was to take care of her ailing grandmother, Delores while she battled stomach cancer.
Lisa was an animal lover of all species. She often tried to nurse kittens and birds as she could never stand to see anyone or anything suffer.
Delores’s passing along with her infant daughter, Jennifer, and the love of her life, Raymond, forever affected Lisa deeply.
Her body has been entrusted to the crematory of Schmitz Funeral Home for cremation.
The family wishes to extend a very special thank you to her great friends Colt Simerl and Tanisha Blakely who helped and loved her dearly in her last days.
A celebration of life will be announced in the coming days.
Any donations are graciously welcomed and are to be made to PAW Animal Shelter in Fort Madison or the Iowa Donor Network in Lisa’s name.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com. Schmitz Funeral Home of Farmington is assisting the family with arrangements.