Passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday June 1 at the age of 75.
Leone will be sadly missed by her children, Nancy Trotter, Janet (Mike) Byrne, Debbie (Joe) Van Calsteren, Kathy (Jerry) Rushford, Janine (Henry) Nierychio, Dorothy (Clive) Switzer, Wes (Eileen) Taylor. Her grandchildren Norman, Ryan, Dawn, Sheena, Jennifer (Richie), Bruce, Jacqueline, Michelle, David, Melissa, Phillip, Michael, Sarah, Russ, Dave, Richelle, Natasha, Byron, Chantel, Matthew, Ashley and great-grandchildren, Corinne and Kayla. Sharing in sorrow is her brother Grant Reid and her many friends and relatives.
She is predeceased by her loving husband Gordon in September 2000.
Leone was born in Mossomin Sask., after graduation she chose a career in nursing, and graduated from the Regina General Hospital School of Nursing. In 1964 she obtained her diploma in Public Health Nursing and in 1976 she earned her B.S.N. She was a leader in her profession, after moving to Yellowknife NWT she became the founding president of the Northwest Territories Registered Nurses Association.
In 1979 she was privileged to work among the native peoples of the BC coast and answered a call to serve as the nurse at the United Church Medical Clinic in Port Simpson. Following that she served on the Thomas Crosby V Mission Ship for seven years as the nurse-associate pastoral worker.
Leone was very active in her church; she was the coordinator for the World Day of Prayer, on the board as chair of the outreach committee, President of the Fellowship Unit of the United Church Women and secretary of the Fraser-Cheam Interchurch Refugee Society.
Leone will be remembered for her caring compassionate spirit as a nurse, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. C. Ross, Dr. C. Boldt and the Home Care Nursing staff for their kindness, compassion and support in honoring her wish to complete her journey at home.
We would like to extend our deep gratitude to her many friends who provided ongoing support and prayers.
The Memorial service will be held at Carman United Church on Saturday, June 5th, 2004 at 2:00 pm, internment to follow at Carman Cemetery.
Should family and friends so desire, contributions can be made in her memory to Carman United Church, 7258 Vedder Rd., Sardis, B.C. V2R 4E4, and/or the Canadian Cancer Society.