Graveside rites for Leona May Stephens, 80, will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Wapanucka, with the Rev. Kent House officiating. A time of visitation and support for the family and friends will be from 6 to 7 this evening at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
Leona Mae Parnell was born Feb. 18, 1934, in Bromide, Johnston County, to the late Billy Egene and Bertha Lee King Parnell. She graduated from Wapanucka High School on May 11, 1952. Leona went to be with her Lord on May 19, 2014, at the Woodview Nursing Home in Ardmore, after a 14-year battle with Alzheimer’s.
She and Robert Stephens were married April 28, 1954, in Ardmore. He preceded her in death May 2, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother-in-law, Robert Cody; and a great-nephew, Zachary Blackburn.
Leona was a member of the Tushka Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for the little kids and also volunteered at the nursing home in Atoka. She had worked as an upholsterer for the Ethan-Allen Furniture Company.
On her C.B. radio, she was well-known as “Dew Drop” to the truckers on Highway 69 in Tushka, and kept a log of everyone of them that she talked to and had met several of their wives. If any of them had car trouble or got sick, she was there to help. She also enjoyed gardening and feeding her birds with Sue, Sally, Bobby, Stephanie and Tiffany. While she was able, she and her great-nephew, Hunter Webb, liked to pester each other; she called him her buddy.
Leona is survived by her sister, Lenora Cody of Sulphur; her brother, Willie Parnell and wife Wilma of Ardmore; nephew Bobby Cody and wife Melanie of Kansas; nieces Sue Cole and husband Brooks of Sulphur, Sally Henry and husband James of Holdenville and Stephanie Webb and husband Randy of Ardmore; also numerous great-nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses at Woodview Home for the good care they gave her for the eight years she was a resident there.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Support Group at Southwest Baptist Church, 2120 Myall Road, Ardmore, OK 73401.
Services are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory, where condolences to the family may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.