Leona Helen (nee Rodford) Moore passed away peacefully with her family around her at Deni House in Williams Lake, September 13, 2006. She was born April 6, 1919.
Leona was predeceased by her loving husband, Ken Moore, in March, 1991 and her loving son David Moore, in June, 1973.
She is survived by her loving family, three children, Phyllis Popovic (Andy) of Fort Macleod, Vicki Moore (Bill) of Osoyoos and Richard Moore (Jan) of Williams Lake.
She is also survived by her grandchildren Laura Popovic, Lyle Popovic (Jen), David Popovic (Denise), Richard (Van Horlick (Susan), Tracey Van Horlick, Amanda Moore and Ryan Moore and one great-grandchild Riley Van Horlick.
Leona is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends.
Leona was one of eight children born to Laura and George Rodford, she was born in Walhachin and raised in Ashcroft. As a young woman she worked in many facets in the Lady Minto Hospital in Ashcroft.
Leona met her husband, Ken, in Ashcroft, married in 1943, and moved to Williams Lake in 1946. In 1966 they moved to Vernon, returning to Williams Lake in 1971 where she resided until her passing.
Leona was a loving mum, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a stay-at-home mom, always there for her children who all remember coming home from school, calling “Hi mom!” and she would be there to see how their day went.
She always listened and never judged. Leona was a true and loyal friend, she could win your heart with her amazing smile and wonderful sense of humour. Over the years she made many wonderful friends whose friendships she cherished.
Leona was a long-time member of the Catholic Church choir, she loved to sing and enjoyed the wonderful friendships and going to tea at the A&W after practices.
Leona was one of the 49 ladies signing the Charter when the Order of the Royal Purple was formed in Williams Lake in 1950. She became a life time member contributing her support whenever she could.
Leona spent many hours planting and enjoying her flower garden. She was an avid reader and enjoyed her Wednesday Yahteez games.
A very special day for Leona was to travel to Quesn el or Kamloops and spend a few hours enjoying the Casino with family or friends, sometimes winning, sometimes losing.
Leona always took time for her family and many special friends, who now take the time to remember her with love and affection.
She will be dearly missed and always in the hearts of her friends and family.
“Love lives on forever in our hearts, it will never fade away. For in our hearts our loved ones are with us every day.”
Leona’s family appreciates the wonderful staff at Deni House for their loving and compassionate care of their mother, and Leona also had a warm place in her heart for the staff. Donations may be made in Leona’s memory to Deni House C/O R.I.H Foundation, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2T1, Attention: Debbie Clark.