Mary Ellen Leonard

May 13, 1946May 17, 2021

Mary Ellen Leonard, 75, passed away May 17, 2021, at her home in Smyrna, Georgia.

She was born May 13,1946, and was the youngest of four siblings. After graduating from Campbell High School, she worked for several development companies and retired from corporate Home Depot. During her career, she organized many corporate events and made lifelong friends. Mary Ellen never met a stranger and was always up for an adventure. She enjoyed card games, craft shows, and antique shopping, avidly collecting wall pockets and yard art. Nothing thrilled her more than a challenging project. Most of all, she loved her family and friends.

Mary Ellen is predeceased by her parents, Jay and Edna Foster, sister, Shirley Strickland, brother, Donald Foster, and daughter, Paige Rountree. She is survived by her brother, Richard Foster (Sally) and granddaughter, Cynthia Rountree, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Our family would like to thank our Visiting Angels and Bridgeway Hospice for their constant care during Mary Ellen’s illness.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

At Mary Ellen’s request, no funeral service will be held, however her wishes were for everyone “to have a party and drink a beer for me”.


  • Inurnment

    Saturday, June 19, 2021


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Bill Bratton

May 24, 2021

I am a cousin of all the Foster's. When my mother (Ruby) would attend the family reunions at their place it was always a great day.
All of her family made everyone so welcome. They had a BIG yard for all the kids to run in. At some point the reunion was moved up to Uncle Cliff's place on Lake Lanier till it kinda fizzled out. The reunions were to help keep the families of the Fosters knowing each other and recall the past members so the younger generation would know their past and see the future members but it only lasted a few years. Those reunions were fun times. Rest peacefully Mary Ellen.

Nancy Wood

May 20, 2021

Mary Ellen,
You will be so missed. I’m heartbroken that you’re gone, but happy knowing you are once again with your girl. You were our work mama at Home Depot, always keeping us in line. I was so happy we kept in touch beyond HD. Our trips to wineries and listening to music, going to plays, and all the lunches were so fun. Those memories will be cherished forever. Until we meet again, my sassy friend. I love you.

Nancy Wood