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Loretta Louise Leeper

29 August, 193321 February, 2021
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Loretta Louise Litel Leeper, age 87, of Fulton, Missouri, was called to eternal rest Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Loretta lived to appreciate life’s adventures, uncertainties, and opportunities. To recall her story, it is not without a good laugh and smile. She was born in Mokane, Missouri, and attended the Old Mokane High School from where she graduated Class of 1951. She grew her family and paved her path professionally with the Fulton State Hospital. She worked various positions, learning, and certifying her trade, until she reached her position as a physician’s assistant. In total, she dedicated 33 years to the hospital, retiring in September of 1995.

Loretta enjoyed the thrill of a spontaneous daytrip, often to see the sights and indulge in the splendor of her favorite winery towns, most notably in Hermann, MO. In her younger years, she ventured abroad, documenting explorations across the country, some of her favorites to include Colorado, Arizona, Kentucky, and Arkansas. Loretta always created excitement at home too. She never missed the opportunity to celebrate, decorating for holidays, and ringing in new seasons with cheer, and Christmas decorations were donned fully around her home.

Family gatherings were always a little tastier at Loretta’s, as her fried chicken and homemade pies were staples on the table. She made a beautiful home working her gardens and tending her lawn. She loved the colors that bloomed across her pansies, lilies, and morning glory trellis. It was the perfect haven for butterflies to visit, a whimsical backdrop for her angel collection, and the perfect retreat for working her crossword puzzles in the evening after supper. When Loretta relocated to call home to Fulton Manor, she made a lasting and joyous impression on the entire community. She cherished the friendships made, the chance to enjoy fellowship and good country music with local performers, and quality visits with her family. Loretta lived, and lived well.

Mrs. Leeper is survived by her children, Brenda Hoover Saxe of Fulton, MO, Robert Gerald Hoover, Jr. (Jeanette) of Dothan, AL, and Nancy Louise Hoover of Auxvasse, MO; grandchildren, Monique Hoover Lopez of St. Augustine, FL, Levi K. Saxe (Megan) of Columbia, MO, Cody K. Saxe (Amy-Louise) of Colorado Springs, CO, Bobbi-Jean Hayes of Bunnell, FL, Ciera Saxe Harris (Michael) of Imperial Beach, CA, and Chastidy Hope Hoover of Auxvasse, MO; great-grandchildren, Reece and Landon Lopez of St. Augustine, FL, Jordan Saxe of Jefferson City, MO, Brandon and Dylan Papaioannou Saxe of Bakersfield, CA, Jackson Saxe of Columbia, MO, Myles Alexander Harris of Imperial Beah, CA, and Karma Pellicer and Aubrey Hoover of Bunnell, FL; sisters, Wilma White and Roberta Garrett both of Fulton, MO, and Delma Dauer (Jack) of Rock Hill, SC; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Leeper; parents, Ray Dean and Blanche Ruth Cheney Litel; and siblings, Mary Stuart, Shirley Peters, Paul “Sonny” Litel, Albert Litel, and Richard Litel.

Visitation will be on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at Debo Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 1:30 pm at the funeral home with Bishop Gary Nevels officiating. Burial will be in Callaway Memorial Gardens in Fulton, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court St, Fulton, MO 65251.

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Darla Backer

1 March 2021

Brenda,
I was so very sad to hear that your mother passed away. I remember her from the salon. She was very pleasant and always seem to have a smile on her face. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love and hugs,
Darla Backer

Marla. (Stiers) Wetherell

26 February 2021

Prayers be with you , Brenda,Bobbie,An Nancy ,an to all the family. I loved Your momma, she was a Great person, loved stories and laughs. She will be missed. She is in A Happy Place !

Phyllis Dixon

23 February 2021

Brenda, I'm so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. It's hard, but she's okay now. Her obituary was absolutely wonderful.

Roxanne Verwys

23 February 2021

Loretta was an amazing lady. She was a very dedicated and dependable worker. She was a wonderful friend and co-worker. She was special. Rest In Peace my dear friend♥️

Gay Castilowl

23 February 2021

Wilma and Brenda sending prayers for you at this time. Know that I am thinking of you at this time.

Marla Arrowood

23 February 2021

Brenda and family. Thinking of you and prayers for comfort. Wilma, hope you are doing okay and know this is hard for you. Take care, all the family.

Vicky Giboney

22 February 2021

Brenda I am so sorry for your loss. I know you loved your mother deeply. May God grant you comfort and strength in this difficult time. Lifting you up in prayer.

Linda Garriott

22 February 2021

Brenda and Bobby I am so so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you, it’s not easy losing your mother or your father. The one who gave you life and instilled many good qualities in you. Loretta was a very sweet and kind lady.. Always so pretty and always smiling. She always talked to me no matter where I saw her at.. may God help you find peace and may he heal your hearts. Treasure all your memories they really do help!!! Thinking of you all!! Linda

Joyce Padilla

22 February 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sorry for your loss. Aunt Loretta was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Fly with the Angels Aunt Loretta. Love & Miss U

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2018 Family reunion

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2017 Family reunion Jordan (great grandson), Brenda (dau.), Amy/Cody (grandson/wife), Bobby/Jeanette (son/dau.-in-law), Ciera (granddau.), Levi/Megan/Jackson (grandson/wife/great grandson) Loretta in front

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Loretta and great grandson Jackson

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Land where house was Loretta grew up in Mokane, MO

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Levi (grandson), Dale, Jordan (grt grandson), Brenda (dau.), Cody (grandson), Loretta, Ciera (granddau.) & Jackson (grt. grandson) 2006

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Grandparents who raised Loretta

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Loretta's dad and mom

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Loretta and daughter Brenda watching 2017 solar eclipse in convertible waiting for her eye dr. appt in Jefferson City, MO