OBITUARY

Betty Joyce Leonard

March 22, 1953June 11, 2018
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Betty Joyce Leonard, age 65, joined her beloved husband, Frankie at the gates of heaven, June 11, 2018, while surrounded by her family who will miss her dearly.

She worked for the past 50 years, was a hard worker, and finished her career as a school bus driver for Newport News. She also drove for Hampton and in Alabama. She was always a full time mother, wife, and grandmother, while working these full time jobs.

She enjoyed animals, nature, and especially loved watching birds. She was an avid NASCAR fan; Betty also had a weird and crazy sense of humor, and an extreme love for family and friends. Betty's joy in life was to spend time with her grandchildren and family. She had friends and coworkers that she enjoyed talking and joking with. She enjoyed playing bingo and pulling one-arm bandits. All that knew her saw her adventurous daring side, and that she had a loving but spunky spirit.

She was a member of Breakthrough Worship Center for 35 years and had multiple church families that she loved and prayed for; she became close to God and shared him, and her heartfelt wishes to others in her family.

Betty was preceded in death her husband of 39 years, James F. Leonard Sr., sister, Linda Vela and her mother, Velma Dollar. She is survived by her three children, Marty Keaton, James F. Leonard, Jr. (Frankie Jr.), and Shannon Leonard-Moore; son-in-law, Dean Keaton; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Leonard; grandchildren, Ashtan, Megan, Sydney, Reagan, Taylor, Angel, JT (James Thomas), Christopher, and Skyler; great-grandchild, Blakely; and two sisters, Judy Murrell and Janice Blackmon. Betty will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and church family. Thank you for all the prayers and love that was shown to our Mother over the course of fight with cancer.

The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Memorial Park. A celebration of Betty’s life will be held 1:30 pm, Friday, June 15 at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Virginia 23666.

  • FAMILY

  • Marty Keaton, Daughter
  • James F. Leonard, Jr., Son
  • Shannon Leonard-Moore, Daughter
  • Dean Keaton, Son-in-law
  • Jennifer Leonard, Daughter-in-law
  • Ashtan, Grandchild, *
  • Megan, Grandchild, *
  • Sydney, Grandchild, *
  • Reagan, Grandchild, *
  • Taylor, Grandchild, *
  • Angel, Grandchild, *
  • James Thomas, Grandchild, *
  • Christopher, Grandchild, *
  • Skyler, Grandchild, *
  • Blakely, Great-Grandchild, *
  • Judy Murrell, Sister
  • Janice Blackmon, Sister
  • James Franklin Leonard, Sr., Husband
  • Velma Dollar, Mother
  • Linda Vela, Sister

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, June 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

Betty Joyce Leonard

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TONYA COOPER

June 14, 2018

Me and Mz Betty had us some good times driving out of Menchville. We never did by the rules. She was a fisty old gal that had a heart of gold and didn't mind telling you how she felt if you made her mad. Mz Betty I will truly miss you. You are taking the scenic route now and it's beautiful I know. To my sweet friend I am signing off to you. 251 to 263 you have a wonderful journey and I'll see you later. 251 clear.

Shane and Ordell Ange

June 14, 2018

To be blessed to have a wonderful lady serve for so many now has gone home to serve our lord Jesus. So many memories.

Christine Hall

June 13, 2018

I loved me some Ms Betty .... She had a heart of gold and a kind spirit. We used to sit in the woods over at Passage Middle School and just joke and talk about nothing sometimes, but it was all good times. Fly High Ms Betty ... until we meet again in heaven my friend.

Ashtan Keaton

June 13, 2018

Ashtan Keaton

June 13, 2018

Ashtan Keaton

June 13, 2018

Angel Wood

June 13, 2018

Working with Country Betty at NNPS was a blessing. She had us laughing all the time. She will truly be missed. My favorite memory was we were eating lunch at the picnic tables at work and all of a sudden Ms Betty just slid off the seat backwards and rolled in the grass. We tried to catch her but she was so skinny that she slid right through our arms. We laughed so hard. Love you Country Betty. I am sure you are making them laugh in heaven

Ashtan Keaton

June 13, 2018

Ashtan Keaton

June 13, 2018

Jinny Davis

June 12, 2018

So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. I know Betty will surely be missed.

Biography

Betty Joyce Leonard, age 65, joined her beloved husband, Frankie at the gates of heaven, June 11, 2018, while surrounded by her family who will miss her dearly.

She worked for the past 50 years, was a hard worker, and finished her career as a school bus driver for Newport News. She also drove for Hampton and in Alabama. She was always a full time mother, wife, and grandmother, while working these full time jobs.

She enjoyed animals, nature, and especially loved watching birds. She was an avid NASCAR fan; Betty also had a weird and crazy sense of humor, and an extreme love for family and friends. Betty's joy in life was to spend time with her grandchildren and family. She had friends and coworkers that she enjoyed talking and joking with. She enjoyed playing bingo and pulling one-arm bandits. All that knew her saw her adventurous daring side, and that she had a loving but spunky spirit.

She was a member of Breakthrough Worship Center for 35 years and had multiple church families that she loved and prayed for; she became close to God and shared him, and her heartfelt wishes to others in her family.

Betty was preceded in death her husband of 39 years, James F. Leonard Sr., sister, Linda Vela and her mother, Velma Dollar. She is survived by her three children, Marty Keaton, James F. Leonard, Jr. (Frankie Jr.), and Shannon Leonard-Moore; son-in-law, Dean Keaton; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Leonard; grandchildren, Ashtan, Megan, Sydney, Reagan, Taylor, Angel, JT (James Thomas), Christopher, and Skyler; great-grandchild, Blakely; and two sisters, Judy Murrell and Janice Blackmon.

Betty will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and church family. Thank you for all the prayers and love that was shown to our Mother over the course of fight with cancer.

The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Memorial Park. A celebration of Betty’s life will be held 1:30 pm, Friday, June 15 at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Virginia 23666.