Karen Leonard

Karen Leonard


Karen Leonard, born November 9, 1951 in Baton Rouge, LA to John G. and Juanita Devine, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 12, 2014, after two times defeating cancer. After graduating ELeonard, Karendmond High School, Karen went on to Central State University, where she met and married Kenny Leonard in July of 1972.

She was a stay at home mom for 15 years while raising her two children, Dustin and Heather. She also worked in banking and was a Medical Assistant for 20 years. Karen loved crossword puzzles, cross-stitching, the outdoors, attending OU football games and watching Thunder basketball. Karen loved her two precious grandchildren and was looking forward to her third.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmond. Preceded in death by her parents, survived by husband Kenny of Edmond, daughter Heather and husband Joey Rushing of Yukon, son Dustin of OKC, grandchildren Tatum Rushing and Jantzen Leonard, sister-in-law Judi Doerr of Edmond, and many more friends and family. Karen had a zest for life, an enormous passion for those she loved and fought with amazing courage and strength. She was loved by many and will be missed, but not forgotten. Donations can be made to the American Lung Cancer Society.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2013 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Edmond with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

5 thoughts on “Karen Leonard”

  1. Maggie Gershfeld

    Dear Leonard Family…

    Words cannot express how truly sorry we are for your loss.

    Karen was the most wonderful, caring and phenomenal person. I truly feel honored and blessed to have known Her.
    She was always busy helping others and I know how much She loved and cared about you, her family and friends.

    May fond memories of Beautiful Karen bring you comfort during this hard time in your life.
    Look back on all the good memories you were able to have and smile at the fact that you were able to share these before She passed away.

    She will be greatly missed…

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    We pray that God will grant you the serenity and peace that you need to get through this.
    Stay strong and know that you are remembered in our thoughts and hearts.

    “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”

    Gershfeld Family. Maggie, Greg and Alex.

  2. Patti Stephenson Weinbrenner

    Dear Kenny, Heather, Dustin and grandchildren,

    Karen was someone very dear to me. She was the best part of my childhood. No one could have asked for a better friend growing up. Most of my memories from age 3 through 18 include her. I could fill volumes with all the crazy, happy, amazing times we spent together. She was the very essence of life. It didn’t matter what happened, she would always come roaring back, laughing and tackling the next new challenge. I can only imagine what a hole has been left in your life. She was one of a kind and I loved her.
    I am so sorry for your loss. Know that many, many people are thinking of you and have your entire family in their thoughts and prayers.


  3. Judy Becker

    Kenny, Dustin and Heather,

    We are deeply sorry to hear about Karen’s death. As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring her memory. We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

    Judy Becker

  4. Lavaughn Carey

    I am truly sorry to hear of the death of your precious Karen. You will be in my prayers. May God fill you with peace as you go through your grief.

    Lavaughn Carey

  5. DearLeonard Family,
    I’m sorry for your loss. Nothing can really fully prepare us for the loss of a loved one. Whatever the case, the pain of death cannot be eluded, and its finality can be devastating. I’d like to share a few bible texts that have helped me with coping with the loss of a loved one. Isaiah 25:8,9 reads: “He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord will certainly wipe the tears from all faces….And in that day one will certainly say: Look! This is our god. We have hoped in him, and he will save us. this is the LORD . we have hoped in him. Let us be joyful and rejoice the salvation by him”. Furthermore, Revelation 21:4 reads: “He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more”. Some ask: “If a man dies, can he live again?” “When will the dead arise?” Did you know that Daniel 12;2 reads: “Many of those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up”. I hope these scriptures have given you some comfort and my condolences again

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