THE WOODLANDS, Texas —
Leona Moshier, age 75, was born May 12, 1938, at Stonewall, Oklahoma, to William Nathan Bennett and Alma Arkie Bennett. Leona’s parents farmed and raised five children in a loving environment. Leona attended Owl Creek and Stonewall schools, where she proved herself an outstanding student. She was Valedictorian of her Senior High class and winner of several county-wide awards in the East Central College contests.
In April 1960, Leona married Don Moshier and relocated to Norman, Oklahoma. Don’s work in the chemical industry placed them in several locations over the years, including Texas, West Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut and Brazil.
Leona and Don raised four children, Andrea, John, Amye and Carey, in a loving and Godly environment. In 1976, Andrea, their oldest child, died in a fatal accident at age 14. A new chapter in Leona and Don’s lives began in 1979 with the birth of twins Amye and Carey.
Leona was a devout Christian and member of the Church of Christ. She showed unwavering faith through several life difficulties, including cancer. Her love for the Lord was clear to others. She taught Bible school classes for 37 years. She was loved and admired for her hospitality and caring for others. Leona brought light and joy into people’s lives. She was a great host, having both small and large groups in her home weekly for many years. She was known for making the world’s best pies!
In 1997, Leona and Don moved to Houston. She was diagnosed with cancer in early 2000. Her determination and strength led to a ten-year remission. Cancer returned in 2011, leading to her death on October 8, 2013. Leona showed great courage her whole life and was an example for all of us. She lives on in the minds and hearts of those who love her.
Leona is survived by her husband, Don, of 53 years; their son, John, an electrical engineer with AT&T; their daughter Amye, a Physician Assistant in Lymphoma at MD Anderson; their daughter Carey, a chemical engineer with BP; her sister Lorice Johnston and her sister Oleta Byrd.
She was preceded in death by her parents William and Alma; her daughter Andrea; and two brothers Glenn and Wilburn.