OBITUARY

Bea Leavelle

February 24, 1943May 12, 2018
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Beatrice (Bea) Hobby Leavelle left her dancing shoes behind to receive her wings and be with Christ on May 12th, 2018.

She graduated from Clinton High School, Clinton Massachusetts in 1960. She married her long tall Texan, Jerry on April 30, 1965.

She is survived by her sister Elaine (Bill) Wallin of Jefferson Massachusetts, her daughter Denise Leavelle of Clovis New Mexico, and son Dennis Leavelle of Lubbock. Her grandchildren Nicholas Leavelle (Jessica) of Fayetteville North Carolina, Dillon Leavelle, DeAnna Leavelle and Danielle Leavelle of Shallowater, Macye (Tim) Goudeaux of Oklahoma and Matthew Graham of Garland; and her great-grandchildren Jade Leavelle and Hayden Salas of Arizona, Gunner Leavelle of Lubbock and Carly Goudeaux of Oklahoma

She is preceded in death by her husband, mother and father.

She was born February 24th, 1943 in Clinton Massachusetts to Warren and Flora Hobby.

Bea worked as an administrative specialist at Ft Devens, Worcester Massachusetts where she met the love of her life. She worked as punch key operator and transcriptionist at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock Texas before retiring in 1996 after 37 years of civil service.

Bea was an avid square and round dancer as well as a clogger. She started dancing in 1979 with Stardusters and Cotton Country Cloggers. Other clubs she was a member of or co-founded were Serratas, Barbour Shoppers, Happy Hearts (became the dance leader), Merry Mixers and Rainbow Riders. Bea and her long tall Texan were on staff at Kirkwood Lodge, Kirkwood Missouri and Fun Valley Colorado, where she became a ballroom dancer/instructor. During their first ever ballroom competition in Las Vegas, Nevada she and her groom took 1st Place in overall and spotlight. Bea and her husband danced in California, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and Louisiana.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association.

The family would like to spend a special thanks to look twice save a life and the Wind Riders.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00AM Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Resthaven Funeral Home’s Abbey Chapel.

  • FAMILY

  • Warren and Flora Hobby, Parents
  • Jerry Leavelle, Husband
  • Elaine Wallin and husband, Bill, Sister
  • Denise Leavelle and Dennis Leavelle, Children
  • Nicholas Leavelle and wife, Jessica, Dillon Leavelle, DeAnna Leavelle, Danielle Leavelle, Macye Goudeaux and husband, Tim, and Matthew Graham, Grandchildren
  • Jade Leavelle, Hayden Salas, Gunner Leavelle and Carly Goudeaux, Great-grandchildren

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, May 19, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Officiating
REMEMBERING

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Ginger Angstadt

May 17, 2018

Bea and Jerry lead everyone in Lubbock in couples dancing.
I was fortunate enough to be in their MCC dance class a few years back.
It is a comfort to know they are dancing together once again.
Thank you for sharing them with all of us.
Ginger Angstadt

Dianna Walker

May 17, 2018

Bea and Jerry became our friends when Larry worked at the base hospital with both of them. We would go to the Elks to dances and afterwards go and have breakfast when we should of been going home to sleep. There were times after the three of them would get off of work on a Friday I would meet them at the NCO club at Reese and after a few drinks we would go and have dinner somewhere. Larry and I took round dancing lessons from them and because I had a hard time learning they would come over to our house and we would practice in the garage. I know that they are dancing away up there in heaven and God is really enjoying watching them maybe even taking lessons. Prayers for the family and just remember you now have Two Special Angels watching over you.

Dianna and Larry Walker, Lubbock Tx

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Biography

      Bea Leavelle was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Bea will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Bea was born on February 24, 1943 in Clinton, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Warren and Flora Hobby.

      Bea was raised with one sibling. She had a sister, Elaine. Bea was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      A typical teenager, Bea had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1960. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

       Empathic and loyal, Bea was committed to making her new family happy. She married her long, tall Texan, Jerry, on April 30, 1965.  Bea worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Bea was blessed with two children, son Dennis and daughter Denise. Another blessing for Bea was the gift of six grandchildren, Nicholas, Dillon, DeAnna, Danielle, Macye and Matthew.

      Fortunately, Bea enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Bea worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was civil service. She was employed as an administrative specialist at Ft Devens, Worcester Massachusetts where she met the love of her life. She worked as punch key operator and transcriptionist at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock Texas before retiring in 1996 after 37 years of civil service. Bea always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Bea enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were square and round dancer as well as a clogger. She started dancing in 1979 with Stardusters and Cotton Country Cloggers. Other clubs she was a member of or co-founded were Serratas, Barbour Shoppers, Happy Hearts (became the dance leader), Merry Mixers and Rainbow Riders. Bea and her long tall texan were on staff at Kirkwood Lodge, Kirkwood Missouri and Fun Valley Colorado, where she became a ballroom dancer/instructor. During their first ever ballroom competition in Las Vegas, Nevada she and her groom took 1st Place in overall and spotlight. Bea and her husband danced in California, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and Louisiana. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Bea passed away on May 12, 2018 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. She is survived by her sister Elaine (Bill) Wallin, her daughter Denise Leavelle, and son Dennis Leavelle. Her grandchildren Nicholas Leavelle (Jessica), Dillon Leavelle, DeAnna Leavelle and Danielle Leavelle, Macye (Tim) Goudeaux and Matthew Graham; and her great-grandchildren Jade Leavelle and Hayden Salas, Gunner Leavelle and Carly Goudeaux. Services were held at Resthaven's Abbey Chapel at Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock, Texas.

      Simply stated, Bea was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Bea leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Bea Leavelle.