Obituary of Mendy Leonard
Mendy LuAnn Leonard, 63, of Jacksonville, died Thursday, January 4, 2018, at her residence. She was born October 9, 1954, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Albert and Constance Louise Hale Slavens. Mendy married Jeff Leonard on March 9, 1974, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Franklin, with Monsignor Driscoll officiating.
Mendy is survived by her husband, two sons, Bryan (wife, Heather) Leonard of Jacksonville and Andrew (wife, Ashley) Leonard of Denver, Colorado; nine grandchildren, Haydn, Myles, Westyn, Avery, Greyson, Ruby, Henry, Audrey, and Jack; her mother, Connie Wilson of Jacksonville, two sisters, Mitzi Marsh and Michele (husband, Rich) Gebhardt, both of Jacksonville, two brothers, Monte (wife, Jane) Slavens of Arenzville and Mathew Wilson of Jacksonville, her sister-in-law, Candy Slavens of Bellevue, Nebraska, and several nieces and nephews. Mendy was preceded in death by her father, Albert Slavens, her dad, David "Henry" Wilson, brother-in-law, James “Buck” Marsh, niece, Caylee Gaige, and one brother, Marti Slavens, MSGT USAF.
A devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, Mendy gave much of her time and energy to family, babysitting several of her nieces and grandchildren over the past 20 years. Even her children’s friends loved her dearly, knowing the back door was always open for a listening ear, sound advice, and a bite to eat. Her chocolate chip cookie and coffee cake recipes were everyone’s favorite.
She was known as a talented seamstress, and enjoyed sewing and collecting miniatures. Active in the community, Mendy was involved in a number of local organizations during her life, notably, Relay for Life and the VFW 1379 Ladies Auxiliary, where she was a lifetime member. She believed in integrity, being engaged in a good cause, and doing what was right. Mendy was also a talented dancer and enjoyed many years dancing with her friends, the Y Tappers.
She had a soft spot in her heart for all animals, especially cats, and in recent years enjoyed the companionship of her sweet, often silly, little dog, Shadow.
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Memorials are suggested to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Cancer Grant Fund and the Protecting Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) in Jacksonville. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.