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LEONA DELORES WILLIAMS
December 13, 1937 ~ December 16, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Leona Delores Williams was born December 13, 1937, to Ina and Claude Williams in Kansas City, Kansas, she is preceded in death by her parents, son Franklin Williams, 2 grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.
Leona attended Douglass Elementary, Northeast Jr. High and Sumner Class of 1956. Leona attended Sanders Beauty School deciding to go into Nursing, attended St. Lukes Nursing school where she became a successful LPN working several years at Western Missouri Mental Health and retiring from Swope Ridge Nursing home after 30 years.
Leona’s had a spirit for entrepreneurism and a fondness of antiques and cooking lead to her owning and operating her own Antique and Thrift store on 18th and Washington and Leona’s Cafe off 18h and Quindaro for a short time. Leona adopted and raised two of her Grandchildren and was a Foster Parent to several children.
The Franklin Williams Outreach Center, named in honor of her son Franklin opened in 2013 and Leona became a volunteer as a helper at the Franklin center and worked there until her health failed. Leona was very active in the community with the homeless and anyone in need and continued to do so until her health failed.
Leona began her Christian walk at an early age at the First Baptist Church, 5th Nebraska, Calvary Baptist Church 9th and Waverly and joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she was an active member for 40 years under the leadership of Rev. C.L. Bachus and Wilma Bachus. Leona was a member of the Mt. Zion Mass Choir, Matron’s ministry and a regular member of Sunday School until her health failed.
Leona is survived by five children; Sherry Williams, Rodney (Bobby) Jones, Pamela Jones, Raymond Jones, Linda Jones Moore, her adopted children Tiffany Herring, Raymond (RJ) Jones and her childhood and lifelong friend Vera Cubie. Leona leaves 17 Grandchildren, 28 Great grandchildren, 5 Great Great Grandchildren and many friends and extended family.