February 11, 1928October 1, 2012

Leonard, Elizabeth R., succumbed to a lengthy illness just before Sunrise on October 1. Born in Oklahoma City, her family moved to Jacksonville Beach, then Lake Worth, as a result of the "Dust Bowl", finally settling in Fort Lauderdale by 1941. "Betty Claire" Roberts was proud to be a Drum Majorette and "Flying L'. After graduation, she enrolled in Florida State College for Women, now known as Florida State University. While at FSCW, Betty Claire was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She acted in the FSCW stage production of "I Remember Mama" and performed on a radio show, reading books to children. When FSCW admitted men she met William F. "Bill" Leonard (1926-2005); they were married in 1949 and then both enrolled at University of Florida. Both graduated from the University of Florida, she from the College of Education and he from the Law School. When Bill's unit was activated for the Korean conflict, she returned home to Fort Lauderdale to live with her parents until Bill returned. Betty and Bill remained in Fort Lauderdale to raise their three children. She enjoyed serving our community by philanthropy and serve through Beaux Arts, a Cub Scout Den Mother and as a volunteer librarian, helping to keep the Wilton Manors Elementary School Library open all day. Both her parents, Robert V. Roberts and Elizabeth Card Roberts, her brother, Robert V. Roberts. and her husband of 56 years, William F. Leonard, predeceased her; sister, Dottie Gross (Max) remains. She has three children, William R. Leonard (Melanie), Charles Glenn Leonard (Reta), and Betsy Leonard Booth. Betty is also survived by her 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. "Betty" was a devoted wife, loving and gracious mother and grandmother. Her family wishes to acknowledge and thank Deyon Thompson (a true angel) for taking care of our mother these past four years. In lieu of flowers, you are encouraged to make a donation to the "Betty and Bill Leonard Scholarship Fund" for math and science teachers at the University of Florida. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 1750 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park, FL.



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Michael & JoAnne Rountree

October 8, 2012

Dear Glen, I'm sorry to hear that your Mother passed away.Her Loving Spirit has joined your Fathers in Heaven! All people That new her are The Lucky ones. Our Families have shared many wonderful years of joy.Our prayers include all of your Loving Family. Betty's spirit will Shine from Heaven may Grace and Peace be With All of You.God Bless!

Deborah Zahner

October 8, 2012

Dearest Betsy, I know that it has been so difficult these last few years and I hope you are able to take comfort in the quality of care that you and your siblings were able to provide for your mother at the end of her life. But now the heartbreak of that long goodbye has passed and you can rejoice with her in her victory over death. She will forever live in your hearts in the countless cherished memories that you will share again and again with each other. So go buy your latest Knock-out Rose bush and enjoy each and every bloom and with them your memories of your precious mother. In the meantime, The Girlfriends have your back and will continue to laugh and cry with you, often at the same time. MUCH LOVE.

Cathy Roberts

October 4, 2012

To all her family,

I am so sorry for your loss. My husband's "Aunt Betty" was always a sweet lady and a gracious hostess who made me feel so welcome at each and every family get together that we attended. May you each find comfort in your happiest memories of her.
Love to you all.

David Gross

October 4, 2012

Our hearts and prayers are with you...
David & Judy Gross

Tom Bailey

October 3, 2012

Glenn, Reta and the Leonard family-
I am sorry to hear about your mom. I always enjoyed going over to your house as we were growing up . Your parents always made me feel welcomed and I enjoyed being around them. I will remember you and your family in my prayers.
Tom, Nanci and Chris Bailey