Leona Harmon-Lawrence, passed away in the early afternoon on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Antioch, California, at the age of 86. Mrs. Lawrence had recently undergone a number of surgeries, but after complications, she was sent home on Hospice where she slipped into the everlasting arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whom she worshiped for more than 60 years. while loved ones stood by her side and held her hand.
Leona was born in a chicken coop in Price, Utah, on July 14, 1931, to William Nelson Harmon and Alvaretta Ide. She was the 3rd of four daughters. Leona was married for 52 years, to the love of her life, the late, Elven Roland Lawrence, known to all who loved him, by his nickname, "Big Buck."
Married on June 10, 1949, Elven and Leona had two children. Leona’s husband passed away in their family home, after a difficult battle with Cancer in 2002. Leona (known to "Big Buck" as his "Ownie"), along with her granddaughter Jill, cared for him in their home until his passing. Leona is survived by her son, Buck Nathan Lawrence and his wife, Citajean, parents to Jill. The three of them reside in California. She is also survived by her daughter, Linda Sue Pierce, who resides in Oklahoma with her husband, Claude Allen Pierce. Linda and “C.A.” have a daughter, Christina, who gave Leona her first great-grandchild, a beautiful little girl by the name of Haley.
Leona was loved by family, friends and those she considered to be her "Church family”, at the Antioch Family Church of the Nazarene which she attended faithfully. For Leona, this was her "second home. She came every Sunday, while her husband was alive, and after his passing, with her granddaughter Jill, until she was no longer physically able to attend.
Leona loved to go to church and sing praise songs, if just a bit off-key. She also adored animals, painting, the outdoors and children. Leona was an incredibly talented artist and was known to "gift" her paintings, to friends and family. Leona worked in the children's nursery for many years and eventually went back to school, to receive a degree in Early Childhood Development.
When at home, she was fond of curling up in her rocking chair, with a good, old-fashioned western on her television and her ever-present, word-find puzzle, always close by. Leona also adored baking. In fact, she loved it so much, that in spite of her Diabetes, she could often be found searching naughtily, for the freshly-baked cookies or homemade fudge, that she and her granddaughter, Jill, made throughout the year for friends and family.
Leona Harmon Lawrence was many things to many people. She had a long and sometimes 'tough' life, but it was a life filled with music, family, joy and the love of Christ. She had an amazing sense of humor, a warm heart, a gentle smile and always a kind word, for anyone in need. She gave the best hugs and she will be sorely missed, by all who knew and loved her.
Leona is somewhere in heaven now, singing off-key hymns of praise. She's no doubt, basking in the sunshine with her favorite floppy hat, trying to figure out how to score a banana split, but basking even more, in the love of her savior. So please don't cry for her. She's happy and would want nothing more, than for those she leaves behind, to know the love of Jesus, so that they too, can experience just a fraction of the happiness she had, but also, so that one day, when the roll is called up yonder, she will get to see all of her loved ones again.
Rest in peace, joy, and eternal sunshine “Grandma.” We love you.