Former Juneau resident Rena Leonard, 84, died May 11, 2004, in Helena, Mont.
She was born in Fairfield, Idaho, on October 31, 1919, one of 14 children to Elmer and Rena Taylor. She graduated from Mead High School in Mead, Wash., and lived and worked in Spokane. In 1958, she moved to Juneau, where she was the purchasing agent at the Bartlett Memorial Hospital for many years. In 1999, she moved to Helena, where she resided at the Hunters Pointe Retirement Community and most recently at the Cooney Convalescent Home.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Lee (Fred) Flanders; grandchildren, Jenny (Tom) Estep of Seattle, Mindy of Helena, Matt of Brooklyn, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Arian, Rainey, Dylan, Hali and Garrett; sister, Francine Ferguson of Sumner, Wash.; brother, David Taylor of Springdale, Wash.; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
Her family wrote, "Rena taught us the value of hard work and showed us unconditional love. She also taught us a thing or two about salmon fishing. Hers was a life well-lived."
According to her wishes, cremation will take place and her ashes returned to Juneau. Family services and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Those who wish may send a memorial to: Rena Leonard Continuing Education Fund, Chapter 0, P.E.O., c/o Elaine Power, 702 Harrison Ave., Helena, Mt. 59601. This fund helps women to better their lives. Hagler-Anderson Funeral Home was entrusted with local arrangements.
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