Leona Mae Owen

April 6, 1939 - May 8, 2022

Leona Mae Owen

Leona Mae Owen, age 83, Webb City, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at Freeman West of Joplin with her family at her side.

Leona was born April 6, 1939 in Webb City, Missouri, one of ten children, and the last living child, born to the late Paul L. Goodpasture and Viola (Perry) Goodpasture.

She spent her early years taking care of her children and then worked for Webb City WalMart and Atwoods until she chose to take care of her beloved husband, who began the long road of dementia until his passing. During her time taking care of Gerald, she chose to help another family that would become very dear to her heart, Melva Neece and her son, Mark Houston. Melva became a little sister to Leona and Mark became a good friend to Gerald as well. They would often argue over who was going to ride in the front seat next to Leona, it lovingly became quite a game.

In addition to her parents, Leona was preceded in death by her one and only love, husband of 62 years, Gerald L. Owen, who passed away on August 21, 2017; and also by her nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda D. Riggs and husband, Jon of Gardnerville, Nevada; her son, Tim Owen and wife, Michelle of Carthage, Missouri; grandson Trey Collins of Carthage, Missouri; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

There will be no services at Leona’s request, cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.