Our beautiful mother, wife, grandmother, sister, friend of many, has been released to her heavenly home, on Monday, June 17, surrounded with love by her children and husband.
She was born on November 16, 1932. After a lengthy illness of cancer, our mother was released of her suffering. She did not let the diagnosis of cancer define her, but joyfully led an active life; hiking and walking, playing ping pong and other games with her husband Jake; quilting, gardening and volunteering at the Upper Room Mission, which was one of her great joys. She had the gift of hospitality and often had people over for meals or coffee. She was a good listener and always interested in the details of other people’s lives, encouraging them and praying for them. She loved her children and grandchildren. Leona leaves to mourn her beloved husband and best friend Jake: they were in their 58th year of marriage; her four children Grace (Steve Wulff), Valerie (Dave Warkentin), Randy Friesen (Ingrid), and Cathy Hardy. She loved her nine grandchildren, two grandchildren by marriage and three great grandsons. A great granddaughter is also on the way. She was predeceased by son-in-law Andrew Lacoursiere and grandson Christian Friesen. She also leaves to mourn two brothers and a host of family and friends.
A memorial service for Leona will be held on June 29 at 1:00 pm, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Vernon BC. Should family and friends desire, memorial donations may be made to New Hope for Widowers (www.newhope-grief.org) or Upper Room Mission (http://www.vernonurm.org/).
The family wishes to thank the Cancer Unit in Vernon, Dr. Gavin Smart and the North Okanagan Hospice House for their excellent care. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting