OBITUARY

Asenath "Tena" Leonard

January 31, 1941March 12, 2018
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Asenath “Tena” Leonard, 77, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018.

She was born January 31, 1941 in Sturgeon, Kentucky to the late Melvin & Beulah (Gentry) Price.

Preceding her in death are a son Charles Wayne Mullins and a daughter Susan Marie Leonard.

Survivors include her husband, Charles “Chuck” Leonard; children Tony Mullins, Ellen Bridges Shaner and Kathy Jean Leonard; siblings Denver Clark, Eugene Clark, Rose Franklin, Bonnie Becraft, and Gladys Gray; grandchildren Tansy Coats, Charlie Mullins, Alexander Teran, Zachary Lester, Nicklas Tueber, Jeff Shaner, Samantha Shaner, Hannah Shaner, and Lauren Shaner.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 pm Monday at Gross Funeral Home with Teddy Frye officiating, reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made online to the ASPCA at www.aspca.org or by mail at P.O. Box 96929, Washington, D.C. 20090-6929.

Guests may register at www.grossfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Charles "Chuck" Leonard, Husband
  • Tony Mullins, Son
  • Ellen Bridges Shaner, Daughter
  • Kathy Jean Teran, Daughter
  • Denver Clark, Brother
  • Eugene Clark, Brother
  • Rose Franklin, Sister
  • Bonnie Becraft, Sister
  • Gladys Gray, Sister
  • Tansy Coats, Grandchild
  • Charlie Mullins, Grandchild
  • Alexander Teran, Grandchild
  • Zachary Lester, Grandchild
  • Nicklas Tueber, Grandchild
  • Jeff Shaner, Grandchild
  • Samantha Shaner, Grandchild
  • Hannah Shaner, Grandchild
  • Lauren Shaner, Grandchild
  • Melvin Price, Father
  • Beulah Price, Mother
  • Charles Wayne Mullins, Son
  • Marie Leonard, Step-Daughter

Services

  • Celebration of Her Life Monday, March 19, 2018
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Biography

From a rough start to a gem. This is her husband’s description of Tena and her start in life. She was born to a dirt poor farmer in rural Kentucky. Her Mother and Father had a relationship like electricity and water so Tena ended up in an orphanage at about 3 years old. Her older Sister took her from the orphanage at about 8 or 9 years old to raise her with her family. Although she had felt loved by her Father, who came often to the orphanage to see her, her first experience at normal family living started then. She often said, I’ve had enough of sad in my life I’m going to be happy and enjoy life, and she did.

Prior to becoming sick with cancer she had said she was enjoying life and didn’t want to go, but at the end she told her Son she was ready to go and she passed away peacefully in her sleep at home with her Son and Granddaughter at her side.

Tena was loved by all who knew her well. She in turn loved people and was filled with caring, compassion and empathy.

Her love for animals was almost equal to her love for people. She couldn’t stand it if she thought an animal was hungry. She often carried that to extremes as this story she told about herself. On a summer she stayed with her Dad he took her with him when he had a field to plow for a local well-to-do family. While waiting in the truck a dog came by that she thought was hungry so she fed it with their lunches when her Dad returned to the truck for lunch he was irate. He pointed out that the dog belonged to the well-to-do family he was plowing land for and had probably never known hunger. After the scolding Melvin went back to the plowing. Tena was so upset that she decided to try a chaw off Melvin’s plug. When he returned and found her sick he wondered aloud what she was going to get into next and that it served her right. She didn’t say if he ever took her with him again, but she did say she never tried another chaw.

Her passion for life was reflected in her love for dancing and music. Often if a good song came on the radio (at breakfast of dinner) she would move to the beat.

Tena will be missed by all who knew her. Her husband said she left him with wonderful memories that he will cherish for the rest of his days. And so he says, God speed Tena, God speed beautiful lady with all my love, forever and a day.