Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

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Dorothy Mae Leonard

March 29, 1929January 1, 2020

Dorothy Mae Leonard, 90, was born March 29, 1929, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and passed away on January 1, 2020, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

She moved to Houston with her family when she was in junior high. She attended Milby High School and then went to work at Rupley Brakes after graduation. She married Edwin Arlene Leonard on March 14, 1952, and shared 54 years together before his passing in 2006. She lived in Baytown, Texas, until 2017 when she moved to Magnolia Court Assisted Living in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Dorothy loved spending time with her family and was so proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a strong spirit and a smile on her face til the end of earthly life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Vera Leland; husband, Edwin Leonard; grandson, Kyle Edwin Novosad; sister and brother-in-law, Lorene and Harold Gilbert; brother and sister-in-law, Harrison and Rosie Leland; and sister, Betty Johnson.

She is survived by her daughter Cheryl Novosad and husband Gary of Chireno, Texas; and son Robert Leonard and wife Kathi of Mont Belvieu, Texas. Her grandchildren are Jason and Kim Novosad, Karissa and Eric Rodriguez, Karli and Justin Carr, Kade and Angie Johnson, and Katie and Russell Wilks. Her great grandchildren are Cameron Contreras, Taylor, Ashley and Erica Novosad, Kaiyah Rodriguez, Kylar Carr, Kayden and Karis Johnson, and Kaylor and Kyce Wilks.

Also surviving Dorothy are her sister and brother in law, Mary Louise and James Warner; brother and sister-in-law, George and Janice Leland; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Magnolia Court Assisted Living in Nacogdoches, Harbor Hospice, as well as her personal caregivers.

Dorothy was a member of Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church in Baytown, Texas, and enjoyed the fellowship with new friends from First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 5, 2020
  • Graveside Service Monday, January 6, 2020


Dorothy Mae Leonard

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Betty Dutton

January 17, 2020

I got acquainted with Dorthy at Remington .She sat at the table behind my brother and sister in law-W.T.and Ina Mae Jones-She was such a sweet lady and I enjoyed visiting with her.God bless her 🙏💙

Lanny Leonard

January 6, 2020

Aunt Dorothy was a cut-up. I will truly miss cutting-up with her.

Debra Owens

January 6, 2020

Cheryl, I did not have the pleasure of meeting your mom, but she must have been a fine lady to have had such a lovely person as her daughter.
May you find peace during this time.

Christy Fulton

January 6, 2020

Mrs. Leonard was one of the sweetest ladies I have had the opportunity to know. Everything was always about her family. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss.

Jimmy & pam Burton

January 5, 2020

Cheryl and Robert, so many memories of your family growing up on Williams. I actually got a chance to visit with your Mom when she a at Remington. She was a precious lady. I have a glass bowl that your Mom gave to my Mon. I thin originally was you gran,others. It has been my gravy bowl for over 40 ars.years

Marilyn Morgan

January 4, 2020

Dorothy was a dear...she eventually lost that gorgeous red hair, but never that radiant smile! I recall fond memories of spending time with Cheryl in our early teen years, and Dorothy always aided our fun. Whether she was driving us by some cute boy's house (by request, of course), or taking us shopping at Almeda Mall, she was "all in." I'll also never forget the wonderful hot, bubbly cinnamon rolls she baked on many a Saturday morning back then. Dorothy offered herself to others... the best thing a mother can do for her children (and their friends!)
I once read that no one is really gone as long as they are remembered. May this thought bring comfort to you, Cheryl and Robert, and to your families as well, for indeed, Dorothy will always be with you.

Denise Sullivan

January 3, 2020

I knew Mrs. Leonard from Remington Park in Baytown. She was a special lady, always smiling & so willing to help in any way she could.
I would like to thank her family for sharing her with everyone that was employed or called Remington Park home.
Many prayers & sympathy to all her family.

David Leland

January 3, 2020

Aunt Dorothy Leland Leonard was such a nice, kind soul. When I was a young boy, I remember her saying how difficult it was to buy adult women's shoes when her shoe size was 2. She couldn't find heels in the children's shoe department. She was a small woman with a big heart. May she rest in peace with her loved ones that passed before her.

I'm sharing a baby photo of me from 1951-1952 with Aunt Dorothy on the left, my mother Rose Marie Van Ness Leland (passed) in the middle, & Aunt Mary Louise (PeeWee) Leland Warner on the right. We are in our first house's front yard in Foster Place Subdivision in Houston, TX.

Kathy Ramsey

January 2, 2020

Such a sweet, sweet spirit. Mrs. Leonard (#2 mama)was like a second mother to me. Spent lots of time in her home with Cheryl
and family. Made the best grilled- cheese sandwiches, which live on at my house with my grands! Much love and memories to Cheryl and Robert and their families.

Judy Goerner

January 2, 2020

Dorothy was Queen of the Ting a lings , my good friend, and a wonderful Wildmen Team Grandmother! Such wonderful memories of her!