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Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Chapel

4675 SW Watson Avenue, Beaverton, OR

OBITUARY

Leone Anna Spalding

September 22, 1935December 28, 2019

Leone Anna Miller was born on September 22nd, 1935 to Percy and Lillian Miller on a farm outside of Laura, Saskatchewan. She was born in the house that her grandfather built in 1905. She attended school in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

She started skating at the age of 2 when her father built her an ice skating rink on their farm. She had several passions in her life: family, skating, coaching, and the farm. There was nothing better than exploring the farm and helping her father. She met her future husband, David Spalding, at the Saskatoon Figure Skating Club where he was the Head Professional. Her first professional coaching position was in Brandon, Manitoba where she choregraphed shows and taught many classes. Throughout her career, she and David taught at many different places including: Sioux City, Iowa; Billings, Montana; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Portland, Oregon.

In 1963, Leone and David moved to Portland to take over coaching at Lloyd Center Ice Pavilion. Leone also taught at the Memorial Coliseum at that time. She and David started teaching at Valley Ice Arena in 1965. In 1969, Leone and David started the Carousel Figure Skating Club where they both worked and contributed to the club until David’s death in 1985. After his death, Leone continued to be a major contributor to the club and the skating community. Leone finished her career at Sherwood Ice Arena in 2014.

Leone inspired many generations of skaters throughout her life in Canada and the United States. Leone was quoted as saying “The wonderful thing about skating is that you can learn at any age.” – Kalamazoo Gazette (1961)

On December 28, 2019, Leone passed away peacefully with her family by her side. Leone is remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, coach, and mentor. She is survived by her Son, David Spalding, his wife, Christina, and their daughter, Marlene Leone; Leone’s Daughter, Laurie McCuddy, husband, Matt, and their children, Max, Spencer and Maddie.

Services

25 January

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Chapel

4675 SW Watson Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97005

Memories

Leone Anna Spalding

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Rannie Beaver

January 20, 2020

Leone was my coach as an adult at Lloyd Center in the 80s. I grew up skating at Lloyd Center as a teen. After my career in Ice Capades I helped Leone for a short time with the precision team assisting with choreography and competing as a team member. I will always remember her kind spirit and her poise on the ice. My very first ice skating lesson was at Valley ice arena with her late husband David when I was 6 years old.

Sue Rethinger

January 16, 2020

Leone was my first coach in Sioux City Iowa, then in Rochester, Minnesota & finally in Oregon at Sherwood. She was a first class lady, a first class coach & a first class human being with so much expertise, a big heart & keen wit . Leone was gracious & kind beyond words.

Your legacy lives on, Leone, through all the lives you’ve touched in such meaningful ways. You will always be fondly remembered. ❤️

Rest in eternal peace, love & light, dear lady.
And warm condolences to the Spalding family. Thank you for sharing Leone with us.

Traci Deam

January 16, 2020

Laurie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how much your mom loved you and your kids. I know how much your mom meant to you. I'm glad I was finally able to meet your mom because I felt I knew her for years because of all the stories you would tell me about her. I'm so glad you were able to be there with her.

BeTty- Jean Aitchison

January 15, 2020

So many special memories to my special friend from Canada-my dear Leone
The fun days of Skating with the Hooky Club your patience with me and your special kindness to Danae, thanks Leone. Danae would not had the opportunity to skate and be a part of the Carousel Skating Club Many thanks dear friend and my special thoughts will always be with you in my memories
Love to the family with my special thoughts Betty- Jean Aitchison (B-J)

Nancy Dotterer

January 9, 2020

We both really appreciated having Leone as a great ice skating teacher @ the Hooky Club! We also thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lillian, Leone's wonderful mother. We loved them both dearly!!! Cathey Scott, Nancy Dotterer

Laurie McCuddy

January 9, 2020

I will miss so many things about you, Mom. Your voice… your smile… and your laugh could light up a room. You were more than just my mom. You were always my greatest supporter, best friend and closest confidant throughout the years. The close relationships I have with my own kids today are because of you. There are so many memories, but here are a few I’ll cherish forever: Our late night soap opera marathons and long talks till the early morning hours (while Dad had no idea), our shopping sprees and “out to teas,” and afternoon teas in general (I can’t look at a cup of tea without thinking of you and Nan), our Saskatoon and Palm Spring trips, skating with you at the rink and watching you teach. I remember feeling so proud walking into the rink holding your hand as a little girl. You had so many students and kids wanting your attention. You were like a movie star to me. I will never forget how special I felt when your lessons were all done for the day, and it was my turn to have you all to myself. I’m also so grateful for the years we had together after Dad died, and throughout my college years. And finally, I’m forever grateful for that last deep conversation we had before you went into the home. I’ve always known, Mom. I thank God every day that you were my mom. And once again, I love and miss you more than words can ever say. My life will never be the same without you... Till we hold hands again.

I Love you, Mom ❤️ forever and always,
Laurie

Debbie Simpson

January 8, 2020

Leone was one of the most elegant, kind and patient people I have had the honor of knowing. She also had a wicked fun humor and a twinkle in her eye. I had the pleasure of having her as a teacher and a friend and still hear her saying 'again' when I'm having to repeat something. As one of the Portland Rosettes synchro team I enjoyed her as a coach and travel partner. The world was a better place with her in it. With love...

Marlene Spalding

January 8, 2020

Grandma I never told you enough how much I love you and appreciate you. I remember all the trips we would take to Canada or the time we went to Multnomah falls and I told you a story all the way home. The smile on your face still in my head from that day. I miss you more than you know and I’m so glad you were my grandma. I love you and can’t wait to see you again one day.

Dennise Mack

January 7, 2020

My heart aches and I’m sad to no longer be able to see you. Yet I rejoice in knowing you are with Nan,your dad and Mr.Spalding. I remember the day Mr spalding told me he wasn’t going to coach anymore and suggested I take lessons from you. I was so afraid, you seemed so strict. You were strict but your kindness, loving and gentle ways were greater. You are with me everyday as I can still feel that finger pushing in between my shoulder blades when my posture isn’t right, or I hear a song in the radio and think this might be good for a solo, free dance or precision team, and many other things. Our reward after a lesson was always a certs! a simple certs! But it brings back so many memories! You learned I didn’t like wintergreen and surprised me one day with another flavor in your other pocket!
I was lucky to spend countless hours not only at the rink with you but at your home you were like another mom to me. I was so lucky to have you and really owe David and Laurie a big thank you for sharing their mom!
You taught me many things other then skating, gave me many memories to which I am lucky to look back on with a smile.
Until we meet at the rink in heaven
may you Rest In Peace Mrs Spalding
Love, Dennise

Margaret Straube

January 7, 2020

Leone was a very kind lady and excellent ice skating teacher.
I really miss her very much.
Margaret Straube

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Biography

Leone Anna Miller was born on September 22nd, 1935 to Percy and Lillian Miller on a farm outside of Laura, Saskatchewan. She was born in the house that her grandfather built in 1905. She attended school in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

She started skating at the age of 2 when her father built her an ice skating rink on their farm. She had several passions in her life: family, skating, coaching, and the farm. There was nothing better than exploring the farm and helping her father.

She met her future husband, David Spalding, at the Saskatoon Figure Skating Club where he was the Head Professional. Her first professional coaching position was in Brandon, Manitoba where she choregraphed shows and taught many classes. Throughout her career, she and David taught at many different places including: Sioux City, Iowa; Billings, Montana; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Portland, Oregon.

In 1963, Leone and David moved to Portland to take over coaching at Lloyd Center Ice Pavilion. Leone also taught at the Memorial Coliseum at that time. She and David started teaching at Valley Ice Arena in 1965. In 1969, Leone and David started the Carousel Figure Skating Club where they both worked and contributed to the club until David’s death in 1985. After his death, Leone continued to be a major contributor to the club and the skating community. Leone finished her career at Sherwood Ice Arena in 2014.

Leone inspired many generations of skaters throughout her life in Canada and the United States. Leone was quoted as saying “The wonderful thing about skating is that you can learn at any age.” – Kalamazoo Gazette (1961)

On December 28, 2019, Leone passed away peacefully with her family by her side. Leone is remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, coach, and mentor. She is survived by her Son, David Spalding, his wife, Christina, and their daughter, Marlene Leone; Leone’s Daughter, Laurie McCuddy, husband, Matt, and their children, Max, Spencer and Maddie.