Davison-Fulton/Bartonville Chapel

1203 West Garfield Ave, Bartonville, IL


Leona May Estelle Pence

November 18, 1942October 3, 2019

Leona May Estelle Pence, 76, of Bartonville passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Unity Point Proctor Hospital. She was born November 18, 1942 in Pana, IL to Benjamin and Laura (Logan) Harmston. She married Lorenzo “Ren” R. Pence November 18, 1961 in Pana, IL. He preceded her in death on January 8, 2006. Survivors include her children, Rhonda (Christopher) Inman of Peoria, IL, R. Keith (Susan) Pence of Rochester, NY, Tony (Joann) Pence of Peoria, IL and Barbara Fawcett-Pence of Bartonville, IL; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Rachel Otts of Washington, IL, Mary Elliott of Pana, IL, Janice Ramsey of Pana, IL and Larry Harmston of Pana, IL; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings, Judy Cole, David Harmston and Norma Barrish. Leona was a dedicated loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an accomplished author who encouraged others to share and explore their creativity through writing and mentoring through Writers Village University. She was a wonderful storyteller, and was quite the prankster. She especially loved her dogs. Per her wishes, there will be no visitation. A celebration of Leona’s life will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria, IL. Online condolences may be made to the family through www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com


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Sharon (Ade) Casner

October 9, 2019

So sorry to hear one of our former high school classmates has passed on. Will remember her and her family in prayers.

Leila Smith

October 6, 2019

Leo was a wonderful and talented friend who was always so encouraging to her fellow writers and so many others...she will be missed and always loved by those who knew her best and I hope her family and loved ones are comforted by her memory and the love she so richly gave...

Linda Fields

October 6, 2019

Inspiring, fun and nothing short of creative, Leona played an important role in my life every time I doubted my writing skills or when I thought I had the perfect paragraph, she was there with wonderful reality checks. I never had the honor of meeting Leona in person but we became friends and she worked into my heart as she did with so many of our writing friends. A true storyteller and skilled editor, our love for her and memories with her will last forever in the stories we tell. Dearest Angel Leona, I will miss all the eraser chats we had. God blessed me with the time I got to know you. You are so missed.