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Leona Margaret Coons
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 30, 1926
  • Date of passing: Jun 7, 2007
Let the memory of Leona be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Leona Coons, 81, born on March 30, 1926 and passed away on June 7, 2007. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 7th June 2016

"Dear Mom,
It has been 9 years now since you passed away.  I wish I could say the sadness has passed but people keep leaving me.  Barry and I talked about you often and how much we missed you. Now he is gone and the one who gave me such comfort and companionship is gone with him. I will be going out to your grave in a few days to leave some fresh flowers. I talk to you all the time and I hope that you hear me.  So many deeply loved ones in heaven now.  I wish I had understood more how you suffered each day. Now it plagues me. You never said anything, you were so strong. I love you, Mom. More than I can say and God willing, we will meet again."

This tribute was added by samantha shay on 7th June 2016

"Dear Leona:
Another year since you have left. How quickly time is passing down here. I know you must be celebrating today with both Barry and Pat there to join in. Glenda and her children took Barry's ashes to Broken Bow to spread, just as he had wished. Glenda and I had agreed that Barry would not be at peace until his ashes had been distributed and now they have been. Broken Bow was such a beautiful place and there was great joy (and great sadness) in his homecoming. Glenda is carrying a heavy burden down here and misses Barry perhaps most of all. If you can, send her little signs that you can still see her and that you are with her always. It would encourage her so. Too soon the entire family will be together again and until then your family here sends love…and those who love your family and were never fortunate enough to know you personally…send love too. You did a fine job raising Glenda, Leona. She is quite the soldier. You and her father must be so proud.  Wishing you happiness, peace and love."

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 5th June 2016

"Dear Mom,
Memorial Day, 5/31/2016, Dawn, Brandy, Nic, Randy and Charlotte Dollarhide, and I took Barry's ashes down to Broken Bow and spread them in the river just as he wished. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful place. I can see why he loved it there so much.  That was my first time there. I wish I had been able to go down with him.  I saved some of his ashes to share with the family and they are sitting here on my desk.  We are nearly finished cleaning out his house.  It has been a sad, sad task for me. I still cannot believe he is gone. He was such a comfort to me in the last 10 years. I have been very lonely and he was my constant friend and companion. I know that I will never get over this loss. It is sad we were not close in our childhood, but I am grateful and thankful to God that we had this time together. I know you and Dad and Pat were waiting for him.  He told me that he had seen you and Pat, that you had come to him when he was in the hospital. I hope you will be there to come for me. I love you all."

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 30th March 2016

"Dear Mom,
90 years old today. What a milestone. I miss you so very much. It has been a terribly sad year for me. The loss of Barry was and remains something I struggle with every day. It has been over 2 months now, but the grief has not lessened. His phone calls and kindnesses to me through these years helped me get through the loss of you and then Pat. But he is not here now to help me get over losing him.  Slowly but surely, I am doing the things he wanted done after his death, but there is no joy in that. I have many of this things around me to remind me of him. In May, we will take his ashes to Broken Bow, as he wished, and spread them in the lakes and rivers. There are many days that I long to be with you all.  I will wait for my time, but I hope that it will be soon. I am tired and I miss you all.  Happy birthday, Mom. Your family up there is much bigger than the family left here. What joy you must all have, no more pain or heartache or fatigue or disappointment.  I love you all."

This tribute was added by samantha shay on 30th March 2016

"Another year gone. This year must be a tremendous celebration with both Barry and Pat with you to join in. Glenda continues to mourn the loss of each of you and misses you more than she can say. She especially mourned the loss of Barry, even though he was in so much pain before he left. Celebrate with your boys, Leona, and have a great birthday. Remember Glenda as she soldiers on down here. I suspect she will be with you way too soon for me, but a glorious homecoming for you. Barry left her such a lovely legacy and soon she will be living back in Oklahoma, where she has dreamed of returning for so long. Happy Birthday Leona! I know you are surrounded by love there, but we all send you love from here too."

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 24th January 2016

"January 19, 2016 Barry Lynn Coons went to join you all in heaven. My heart is broken. He was my best friend and I loved him more than I can say.  I will see you all again some day but until then, I will mourn him so."

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 28th December 2015

"Dear Mom, Barry is very sick.  He is in the hospital in Oklahoma City in the VA.  I talk to him several times a day.  He is very strong, like you and dad raised us to be, but he is very tired.  It breaks my heart. Please stand by him and give him strength. We talk about you a lot. We love you mom."

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 10th May 2015

"Dear Mom,
You have been gone from us 8 years now. I think about you almost every day and I talk to you a lot. I miss you so much.  Barry just got news that his cancer is back and bigger. Such sad news. I talk to Roger almost every day on Facebook and we went to see him last summer. I am going again this summer and to Oklahoma too.  Happy Mother's Day, mom.  I love you very much."

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 26th April 2015

"Hi Mom, lots of commercials on TV about Mother's Day. It is a sad time of year for me now. Mother's Day was the last time I spoke to you, to tell you I had sent you some summer gowns. Just a few weeks later, you were gone and we did not get to say goodbye. The other reason is because I miss buying you a card and something nice. You were the best person to give gifts to, you were so delighted and grateful. I wanted to share this with you. It's for you and Pat.  

Pain Part 1
I explored the only avenue left open
I did not find you there, not there
On turning back, a brief flash of something remembered
Then nothing
At the entrance stood the same still angels
Though now they appeared smaller
More weary
They had made all these journeys with me
I touched their hands as I passed
Their eyes gazed upwards
Away from the pain and the loneliness they saw here
We can no longer pretend that they care
The nameless, faceless, sightless
who occupy our days and lives
The last road has been closed
Time now to revisit those who were always there
even when they didn't wish to be

Love you Mom. I talk to you a lot. I hope you hear me."

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 30th March 2015

"Dear Mom, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I miss you so very much. I miss buying you a birthday card and presents. You were such an awesome person to give presents to. Life continues on but you are missed by Barry and me so much. I am sure that Pat is with you there and he is keeping you all laughing. He was so good at that. Love you, Mom. I will see you soon, I think.  Give everyone up there a big kiss for me.  BOOMER SOONER!"

This tribute was added by samantha shay on 30th March 2015

"Wow another birthday…the first one you have celebrated with Pat. Where is time going? I wonder if there is the earth type understanding of time where you are? I know that Barry and Glenda continue to mourn the loss of you in their lives and now the loss of Pat as well. I think it will be just a few minutes of time before you are all together again. Until that day, we will all have a glass of wine to celebrate your life, laugh and tell stories. Soon…you will all be together again forever. I wish that you could see Kiki. She has grown from a baby to such a lovely young lady. You would be so proud of her and so proud of how Kyla is raising her. Everyone who meets her loves her. Happy Birthday! Lots of love from this end of the world directed to you today. We are lighting a lot of candles for you too!"

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 14th December 2014

"Dear Mom, here it is another Christmas upon us. Each year that goes by I miss so many things about you. Barry and I talk about you a lot. This time last year, Patrick was still with us. I talked to him on his birthday, January 3, and he sounded really good, but 19 days later he was gone. Barry and I talk about him a lot, too.  I would have had your Christmas present all picked out and sent to you by now. I miss doing that. I miss how happy you always were to get your gifts, what a great receiver or presents you were. I wanted you to know, I think about you every day and Pat too, and I always will. I had back surgery and I am doing really well from that, but I need both knees replaced. I know you can identify with all of that. But you never complained and I know you had to be in pain. You never even took an aspirin. I am not strong as you were. I wish I was. I love you mom. Merry Christmas."

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 7th June 2014

"Dear Mom,
It has been 7 years since you passed away. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and miss your.  Barry and I talk about you a lot.  Just know that you are missed."

This tribute was added by samantha shay on 7th June 2014

"Wow, Leona: Another year. I wonder how time passes where you are...it seems like only yesterday you left and yet it seems 100 years. Patrick has been with you over 6 months now and it seems like yesterday that he left too. You have missed so much here, Leona. I know that you can see Kiki and how big she has gotten. Such a sweet sweet little girl...you would have loved her so much. She would have adored you too. All the grands have grown into adulthood now and I know you would be so proud. Barry and Glenda hold the family together in your absence and I know that every gathering your name comes up and a few tears are shed from missing you. I hope that you and Patrick are celebrating today and that everyone is happy, healthy and without pain...Patrick had so much pain before he left. I know it gives Barry and Glenda hope that he is with you now and free of pain and able to smile again. Both Glenda and Barry are in such ill health and in so much pain but you know Glenda, always taking care of everyone else and never a complaint about herself. Take care of yourself..and Patrick...we are all going to be together again soon I think. You make the lemonade, Leona, I will bring the cake."

This tribute was added by Kyla Lea on 12th May 2014

"I will always remember when you promised to stay alive until i had babies of my own. It makes me sad akirah never got to meet you. But i promise through me and my meemaw she will know. Love you grandma racoon."

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 10th May 2014

"Dear mom, here it is another Mother's Day without you.  It has been 7 years now since I last spoke to you on Mother's Day 2007.  Little did I know, it would be the last time I would speak to you.  Three weeks later you were gone and we would not know that you had died for months.  Patrick is with you now. Barry and I talk about you often and each time I come to Missouri, I go to see you and Dad and put something new on the headstone.  I plan on planting flowers this time.  I know how much you loved them.  I miss you very much.  Mother's Day has not been the same since you went away.  We love you, mom.  Happy Mother's Day.  If you were here, I would take you out to eat and take you for a long ride, like you loved to do."

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 30th March 2014

"Dear Mom,
Happy 88th birthday.  I hope Grandma Brooks made you one of her awesome cakes or Aunt Blanche made you one of her awesome pies.  I know they are with you along with Grandma Ringles, Aunt Louise, Aunt Eula, Patrick, Dad, Cousin Elizabeth and so many more.  I miss so many things about your being gone, especially buying you presents and seeing how happy you were to get them. You were such an awesome gift receiver.  Happy birthday, Mom."

This tribute was added by samantha shay on 30th March 2014

"Happy Birthday Leona!

I know that you will be celebrating with Patrick today and yet you are both so much missed here on earth. You and Patrick will both continue to live on in the hearts of those who loved you and who continue to miss you. IF you were here today, oh such a party there would be! Good food, lots of laughter, silly hats and of course a fabulous cake. Until we are all together...you celebrate there and we will celebrate here but soon we will all celebrate all the holidays and birthdays and oh just any ole Tuesday together. And Leona...don't worry about Glenda...I will take care of her until she is ready to come and meet you. No worries. Happy Birthday!"

This tribute was added by Glenda Lea Findley on 31st January 2014

"Dear Mom,
It has been a week since Pat passed away.  I wish I could say it has become easier for me, but that would be a light. I miss him just as I miss you even these years later.  I am not sure how or when or why or even if things will get better, but I carry you all in my heart.  

Dirge without Music
Edna St. Vincent Millay
I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains, --- but the best is lost.

The answers quick & keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,
They are gone. They have gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned."

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 24th January 2014

"Dear Mom,
Patrick went to be with you and Dad yesterday morning, January 22, 2014.  Lynn said that Patrick talked to dad a lot right before he died. I feel that dad had come down to take Patrick home. I know you and dad and all the rest of the family there will be there to meet him.  So many here living loved him, too.  I ask you to be at our shoulder, those left behind. Our world just got a whole lot smaller.  Who is going to make me laugh now.  I am posting a poem here that I posted on a memorial for dad years and years ago.  It pertains to all of my family who have gone ahead. I just have to tell you, I can't wait to see you all again.  I miss you all. So very much.

Edna St. Vincent Millay
Dirge to Music

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.
Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains, --- but the best is lost.

The answers quick & keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,
They are gone. They have gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned"

This tribute was added by Glenda Findley on 9th June 2013

"Dear Mom, You are gone now from us 6 years. I miss you more than I can say. I wanted to tell you that Patrick and Barry are very sick. Patrick has terminal lung cancer and Barry has cancer of his spine. Patrick has finished his radiation. I just met with them in Oklahoma. We had a wonderful if bittersweet visit. We talked about you a lot. We all miss you.  I love you mom and I miss you"


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