Sterling resident Leona Grace (Black) Hawkins died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, in Oregon. She was 97.
A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road in Soldotna.
Mrs. Hawkins was born May 11, 1910, in Oklahoma, to Clark and Dora Elizabeth (Brint) Black. She married Joseph John William Hawkins on Nov. 17, 1929, in Enid, Okla. They settled in Oregon in the early 1930s and raised their family of three daughters.
"Leona lived in Coos Bay, Ore., most of her life, but when her youngest daughter, Carol, moved to Sterling with her family in 1975, Leona discovered yet another fascinating place to visit. She spent summers here for 15 years. She attended Sterling Baptist Church and had many friends in Sterling. Although she had only and eighth-grade education, Leona read extensively and could always be counted on for lively conversation and laughter," her family said. "There are many others who claim Leona as a mom or grandma whether by marriage or by choice. They all miss her, but know she has been folded into her heavenly family with great joy."
Mrs. Hawkins is preceded in death by her husband; and eight siblings.
She is survived by her daughters, Alice Burback and her husband, Bob, of Oregon City, Ore., Beverly Brown and her husband, Ken, of Liberty Lake, Wash., and Carol Matthews and her husband, Ted, of Sterling; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Alternative Burial and Cremation of Oregon.
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