Cora “Oletta” Leonard, 93, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Midwest City, Okla.
Oletta was born Aug. 11, 1929 to Donald M. and Emma C. (Cook) Smith.
She and her husband, John, adopted a son, James, who has been the apple of her eye his entire life and whom she was always fiercely protective of. She loved taking care of family and looking after them and spent the majority of her time doing so. But one of her favorite ways to show her love for her family and for others was through food, and she made sure there was always plenty of it. The piece de resistance, the one recipe she gave out but no one could ever seem to truly replicate them, was her chocolate chip cookies.
She attended Baptist churches all of her life and was also a member of the Eastern Star, where she regularly attended their meetings and ceremonies. While her personality leaned toward the more serious side, she also loved “Hee Haw” and watched “Wheel of Fortune” and any Western show when she got the chance. She would also keep up with Ann Landers in the newspaper and the magazine Guidepost and listen to gospel music or the music of Blake Shelton.
She worked as a babysitter on and off for many years while she was caring for her family and also put her baking skills to work as a baker at a couple of grocery stores in Kansas.
She was a beautiful representation of lavishing love on family and finding specific ways to showcase that love over and over again – through her time, through her frequent visits over the years and through her wonderful cookies.
Survivors include son, J.D. Leonard (Leslie Kilgore); three brothers: Raymond Smith (Dorothy), John Smith (Susie), and Jerry Smith; sisters, Virgina Todd (Lloyd), and Crystal Hutlas (Ed); two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Johnie L. Leonard; stepmother, Mittie K. Smith; siblings: Charles Smith, Carl Smith, Warren Crain, and Ronald Crain, and Lavell Hudson; and sisters-in-law, Helen Crain, and Mona Smith.
• Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 at Restlawn Cemetery with Rev. Rex Petty presiding.
Friends may call from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 at Hornung Family Funeral Home in Liberal.
Memorials are suggested to Faith Tabernacle Church in care of Hornung Family Funeral Home, 1212 W. 2nd Street, Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences may be left at www.hornungfuneralhome.com.