Laurie Louise Leonard-White

January 18, 1962March 11, 2019
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Laurie Louise Leonard-White, 57, of Dallas, TX, passed away Monday, March 11th. She was born in Independence, IA on January 18th, 1962 to John and Mary Leonard. Laurie grew up in the small town of Rowley and graduated from St. John’s High School in Independence in 1980. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Loras College in Dubuque, IA in 1984 and graduated with her Master’s in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX in 1985.

Laurie worked as a licensed social worker for Dallas County Juvenile Probation at the Letot Center in Dallas, TX until the birth of her first child in 1991, when she started her favorite job of all: being a stay-at-home mom.

As a skilled, self-taught chef and an active member in St. Patrick’s Parish Community, Laurie volunteered within the Refugee Outreach program, serving meals to the parish refugee community every Sunday for 10 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Paul.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; her two sons, Addison and Ian; her siblings, Jane Cottrell (Tom), Michael Leonard (Susan), Brian Leonard (Margaret), Jo Anne Quint (Bill), Mimi Leonard, and Tim Leonard (Gretchen); along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral arrangements will be held Monday, March 18th at 10am at St. Patrick Catholic Church (9643 Ferndale Road). A visitation will also be held Sunday, March 17th from 3-6pm at Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home (10501 Garland Road), with a rosary to be said at 4:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions be made to the “Be The Difference Foundation” in memory of Laurie Leonard-White. Donations will be used to support ovarian cancer research by Dr. James Strauss and the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center. You can find their website at


  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Rosary Service Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, March 18, 2019

Laurie Louise Leonard-White

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Martha Thomas

March 19, 2019

Jim and boys I am so sorry for your loss. I never had the chance to meet Laurie but she sounds like she was a wonderful person, wife and mother. I’m sure heaven opened it’s doors wide for her. Hold tight to your wonderful memories and continue to feel her presence. The warm sun, a cool breeze, the birds chirping, the colorful flowers, a gentle hug and a smile. Find her in all of lives simple joys. She is with you. I am so sorry.
Love and hugs. Martha Thomas

Cindy Riesen

March 18, 2019

Addison, we are so sorry to learn of the loss of your dear Mother. Although I never met her, I know she had to be an incredible woman to have raised such fine sons. Please know that Tom and I are praying for God's infinite strength and comfort for you and your family. May she rest in peace.

Rosemary Guevara

March 16, 2019

Sending condolences to her family, and praying the Lord give you comfort. She was an awesome lady. I knew her only a few months at the Baylor exercise class. She was always friendly, very encouraging, brave, and had such an awesome smile. She has and will be missed.

Cindy Wittman

March 15, 2019

Addison, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I remember when I first met her. You and Michael were meeting with advisor’s your freshman year at TCU. Your mother and I started visiting with each other. Then a few days later we find out you and Micheal were roommates. My prayers are with you and your family.

Matt & Shannon Nusser

March 15, 2019

Looking back at the times we spent with Laurie, the most prominent thing was always the shear energy and humor she brought. She always lit up the room no matter the circumstance or the crowd. We were blessed to have the time we spent with her and Jim and will forever cherish those moments as being around her made us better people. We always applauded her devotion to her family and making time for each person she met to feel that they truly were important. She was a beacon of how we all should live and treat others, she will be greatly missed by all who knew her!

Jim, Addison, and Ian - we are sorry for your loss and pray that the many joyous memories you have of her will put your hearts at ease in this difficult time.

Bob and Marilynn Quint

March 15, 2019

Jim, Addison, and Ian - I had the chance to spend a little time with Laurie over the years and it was always memorable. As you know she was a wonderful wife, mom, and friend and will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Mary Beth Callahan

March 15, 2019

I look at these great pictures and think about the life force that I felt when I was around Laurie. She had a servant heart, was the mother that we all strive to be, homemaker whose home was filled with love that was palpable, and someone who had an unwavering faith and foundation that allowed her to smile through the struggles with cancer. Jim,Addison and Ian, we are so sorry for the pain in your hearts. We pray that all the wonderful memories you created as a family will be blessings to you in the days ahead.

Peggy Keller

March 14, 2019

Laurie always had a smile, a laugh and a kind word. We were in choir, basketball and plays together in high school. She was the Valedictorian of our class. Hugs to the family as you laugh and cry remembering and celebrating Laurie! Peggy Lake-Keller

Leo Gossman

March 14, 2019

Laurie was a very special young lady. She had a heart of gold. She stood for what she believed in. My life is better because of her. I can see her smile and hear her laughter. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family. I will keep her in my prayers. God bless all of you.

Brenda Norby

March 12, 2019

I have many fond memories shared with Laurie while attending school at St. John in Independence, Iowa. Riding in her car (Myrtle) was always an adventure with Laurie driving, and singing in the Rowley church microphones when we were supposed to lock up was an experience in itself. She always had a smile and laugh for everyone!