Hazel Joan Pickens Leonard

Hazel Joan Pickens Leonard, 76, of Tyro died August 19, 2013.

Joan was born December 29, 1935, in Peck, Kan. to Homereis and Murriel Hamilton Pickens.

She married Harold Raymond Leonard, of Tyro, on September 1, 1956, in Wichita, Kan.

She was an active member of the Monticello Church of Christ and served as the leader of daughter Cindy’s Girl Scout Troop #33. For many years Joan and Ray enjoyed participating in square dancing with various local groups. Joan retired from The Mad Butcher grocery in Dumas after 25 years of dedicated service. Upon retiring Joan and Ray began traveling all over North America in their travel trailer. Family was always very important to Joan. She loved her grandchildren and many times loaded up those in Arkansas to go visit those in Colorado.

Joan is preceded in death by her father, Homereis Pickens; mother, Murriel Hamilton Burrows;  step-father, Jake Burrows; brothers, Keith and Dale Pickens; and granddaughter, Sharon Gillespie.

She will continue to live through her family, husband, Ray Leonard; children, Mona Still, of Hope, Cindy Thornton, of Kyle, Texas, and Donald Leonard of Springfield, Colo.; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a sister, Vera Pickens Warren, of Wellington, Kansas.

A visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2013, in the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2013, at the funeral home with Bro. Paul Mowrer officiating. Interment will follow in Tyro Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Tyro Cemetery Fund, 21431 Hwy 54 East, Dumas, AR. 71639; or Children’s Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home, Dumas, Arkansas.

The Advance-Monticellonian

Mailing Address:
PO Box 486
Monticello, AR 71657

Street Address:
314 Main Street
Monticello, AR 71655

Phone: 870-367-5325
Fax: 870-367-6612


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