Dorothy J. Leehan
January 29, 1931 – December 20, 2018
Dorothy Jean Leehan, long time resident of Edmond, Oklahoma, died Thursday, December 20th, at the Veraden, her memory care residence for the past two years.
Born at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City on January 29th, 1931, Dorothy was the oldest child of George and Lorene(Griffith)Stander, and raised in the Capitol Hill area of Oklahoma City. She attended Capitol Hill High School.
On September 7th, 1947 Dorothy married Bobby Loy Leehan at Little Flower Catholic Church. They resided in Oklahoma City and Half Way, Missouri but eventually settled in Edmond, Oklahoma in 1951. They were part of the original community that helped build the red brick St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 9th and Littler where Dorothy was part of the choir, altar society, rosary group, and where she taught 2nd grade First Communion classes. In 1992, Dorothy and Bob became part St. Michael’s Catholic Church in OKC, and in 2009 was part of the community that built the parish church of St. Damien of Molokai in Edmond where she has remained a parishioner.
Dorothy’s dedication to her family was primary in her life, and her love for Bobby was faithful and constant. She was such a devoted wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, and friend to so many people. Dorothy and Bob had 5 children, 15 grandchildren, and 36 great grandchildren. Her devotion to her children and grandchildren was incredible! She loved them with all of her heart, and was always there to love, cuddle, and support them in anyway she could. Grand children could always find love and a hug from Grandma at any time, and she was always prepared to pull tissues, coloring books, or bandages out of THAT PURSE when needed.
Dorothy’s passion was for her Lord and her Catholic Faith and all that that entails. She was deeply devoted to the Blessed Mother and the recitation of the Holy Rosary. She literally made thousands of them over the years giving them to missions, strangers, family, and friends, and could constantly be seen carrying a rosary and praying it.
She and Bob were, as well, deeply committed to the life of the unborn, providing food, clothing, and financial help to expectant moms. Dorothy and her beloved husband were married 56 years before his death in 2003.
Dorothy was, also, preceded in death by her nephew, Clifford Foster in 1985; parents, George in 2003 and Lorene (Griffith) Stander in 2002, and brother in law Mike Francka in 2016. She was preceded in death by two beloved grandchildren, Jordan Leehan (2011) and Keaton Leehan (2013). One of her deep losses was that of her sister, Oma Lee Francka (Mike), who passed 1988. They were such good friends besides being sisters, and when Dorothy passed away this week, she died on Oma Lee’s birthday. May they all rest in peace.
Dorothy is survived by her brother Ron(Helen) Stander of Bolivar, MO, and her sister, Patsy Jane (Marvin)Sokolik of Bolivar, Mo. and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dorothy is also survived by her devoted children: Patrick Anthony Leehan(Annita) of Edmond, Oklahoma; Donna Sue Berry (Joel) of Edmond, Oklahoma; Mary Ashlock (Richard) of Half Way, Missouri, Brenda Hunt of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Bruce Leehan (Melissa) of Edmond, Oklahoma.
She is survived by grandchildren: Jeremy Ashlock, Bolivar, MO., Crystal Robinson of Edmond, OK. Sarah Myers, MO., Melanie Gibbs, Yukon, OK., Stefanie Harrell, FL., Teresa Vestal, Yukon, OK., Josh Ashlock, MO., Christopher Leehan, NV., Harlie Bredahl, TX., Rachel Leehan, Edmond, OK., Ryan Leehan, Edmond, OK., Ethan Leehan, Edmond, OK., and Jacob Leehan, Edmond, OK.
Her beloved great-grandchildren include: Brooklyn Harrell; McKenna, Kinley, Claire, Brock, and Colin Ray Vestal; Colby, Ryan, Nicola, Jackson, Eric, Nadia, and Natalie Robinson; Carson and Samuel Ross; Katelyn, Lincoln, and Jonah Gibbs; Gage, Brandon, and Nicholas Ashlock and Lance Rice; Samantha and Katie Mayfield; Lexi and Cole Hensley; Sydney, Taylar, and Reagan Myers; Hunter, Koller, and Freeman Ashlock; Savannah Rose Leehan
Dorothy began declining with dementia in 2012 and the last two weeks of her life she spent in a fast-downward spiral. On the day of her death, with several of her children gathered around her, it was decided that they would all pray a rosary for Dorothy to have a peaceful passing. Having a private website for family members from Florida, Missouri, and Nevada to participate, a live video feed was set up so that many family members could say the rosary along with those by Dorothy’s side. As the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary were being said, Dorothy began to fade and at the last words of the Hail Holy Queen, and a kiss on her forehead by her youngest son, Dorothy passed away.
The Leehan Family would like to extend their deep appreciation to all of the facility staff of the Veraden, Frontier Hospice, friends, and family that gave so much into helping care and love on Dorothy these last few years. A special thank you to Fr. Christopher Pelster, and to Fr. Simon Zurita for bringing the Sacraments to their Mom.
- Bruce Leehan
- Pat Leehan
- Jeremy Ashlock
- Josh Ashlock
- Jonathan Vestal
- Christopher Leehan
- Joel Berry
- Richard Ashlock
- In lieu of flowers, please consider having Masses said for the repose of the soul of Dorothy, or consider a donation to the building fund for the Catholic Church of St. Damien of Molokai in Edmond, OK. Please, remember her family in your prayers.
- Visitation Wednesday, December 26, 2018
- Rosary Service Wednesday, December 26, 2018
- Requiem Mass Thursday, December 27, 2018
Dorothy J. Leehan
January 22, 2019
Remember moving to Oklahoma and the Leehan’s put me up for awhile. Loved Uncle Bobby and aunt Dorothy. Great memories. Our lives are but a wisp. A vapor. So glad she knew the Lord!!!!
December 29, 2018
We want to express my sympathy to the family in the loss of Dorothy and pray that you are comforted by the words that I have for you.
We have been privileged to know Dorothy and be a part of her life over the past years and taken into her family as the adopted people in her life with all the wonderful heart and grace that she offered. I will never be able to express in words how much Dorothy and Bob meant to our family and being invited to the family gatherings and dinners. Even the 4th of July fireworks explosion.
As I reflect on the past years that we have enjoyed her love the one thing that comes to mind is the verse Proverbs 31:10. Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious that Rubies. She is not only precious as a wife but a mother and a friend. There is no value that can be placed on a person with her love and caring. Be extremely proud of her and the bar that she has set for being a mother, grandmother and sister for your family.
All our Love
Dave, Marilyn and Girls
December 27, 2018
It says to share a memory but I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood spent spending time over at the Leehan’s! They welcomed my family as their own. I remember putting on talent shows with Stefanie and Teresa for Grandma Dorothy and Grandpa Popa Bob! I remember hanging out in the den and listening to jazz/swing music that Grandpa Popa Bob would play. There’s so many more memories but the best was the greatest hugs ever! I’m missing you and will always cherish all the memories! Sending many prayers and love to the Leehan Family! —Carrie
December 27, 2018
I remember their house as a gathering place. People were always in and out, and perpetually welcome. My fondest memory was being over there with Melanie one day, and Grandma Dorothy teaching me how to make rosaries. There was no digging for for the beads, and twine. The stuff was out, and ready to go at all times. What a legacy you’ve left! May you rest in the arms of our most Blessed Mother, and her Divine Son.
December 27, 2018
I’ll never forget when they came to our house and brought us bread. I don’t remember why they were doing it or where they got it from (maybe they baked it but I don’t think that was the case?) but I remember especially Grandpa Bob handing me sourdough bread and telling me it was the best bread they had.
December 25, 2018
As you soar into the clouds and leave us here on earth, remember you will be missed and thought of often in our daily lives.
Remember how once I felt a very big part of your lives. Thank you so. I needed that, as much as I needed your love.
To see Little Flower Church gave so much back to me from my youth.
Rest now, sweet lady, have no fears. Your work on earth is done.