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Mae Leonard, 82 year old Woodward resident died Sunday, December 11, 2016 in Oklahoma City. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, December 16, 2016 in the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Shannon Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ila Mae (Hutcheson) Leonard was born on December 6, 1934 in Nowata, Oklahoma to Lester and Nellie Mae (Wyman) Hutcheson. When Mae was three years of age the family moved to a farm near Nash, Oklahoma and later moved to the family farm west of Jet, Oklahoma. Mae attended all twelve years of school and graduated from Jet High School with the class of 1953. On November 26, 1952 Mae married her high school sweetheart Billy Eli Leonard. To this union three children were born, Monty Lester; Ken Ray; and Denise Marie.

Mae and Bill lived near Jet while Mae finished high school, and later moved to Wellfleet, Massachusetts while Bill served in the military. Mae and Bill returned to Oklahoma after Bill was discharged from the military. Mae and Bill made their home in Okmulgee, while Bill attended refrigeration school. Mae kept busy sewing for the public, as well as babysitting. After Bill completed school, the family moved to Pampa, Texas. In 1957 Mae and Bill moved to Woodward. In 1968 they moved to a farm west of Woodward, where they raised there family and lived for forty two years.

Mae worked for the Woodward Public Schools, as the secretary for Highland Park Elementary, and the 5th and 6th Grade Center, as well as the Secretary for the Woodward County Commissioners Office. Mae retired in 1997, and enjoyed her retirement, playing bridge, Mae was a charter member of the famous "Tally Ho Bridge Club". She also participated in activities at the Woodward Senior Center, as well as enjoying her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mae was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Cokesbury Sunday School Class, the Sarah Circle of Untied Methodist Women, and the Flower Ministry.

Mae is survived by her husband of sixty four years, Bill of the home; children, Monty Leonard and wife Dewana of Watford City, North Dakota; Ken Ray Leonard and wife Sharlene of Tuttle; Denise Kline and husband Dwight of Woodward; nineteen grandchildren; and twenty four great-grandchildren; sisters, Fae Strait and husband Harlan of Jet; Kay Layton and husband Don of Derby, Kansas; Lenora Mead of Woodward; Cheryl George and husband Rick of Waynoka; Carol Buller and husband Charlie of Jet; other family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Esther Marie; brother-in-law, Tom Mead and Orville Canaan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be made online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on December 14, 2016
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