Donna M. “Dee Dee” Leonard, 60, of 9 Davidson Avenue, formerly of 55 South Race Street, both Greenville, passed away in her home, following a long battle with cancer, on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
She was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on December 7, 1958, to the late Donald F. and Margaret A. (Hanna) Myers.
Donna attended Lakeview High School and earned her GED on December 18, 1999.
She worked as a grill cook for over 20 years in the area, most notably the Greenville Dinor and Paxton’s. She also worked as a seamstress for 50 years, mostly from her home but more recently at Kathy’s Kreations in downtown Greenville.
Donna had been recently attending the Greenville Alliance Church.
She was an avid motorcycle rider and was a member of the Greenville Moose Club and the Moose Riders Club.
On October 14, 2000, she was adopted into the United Eastern Lenape Nation and she enjoyed camping and Native American Powwows.
Donna was married to Donald R. “Butch” Leonard, Sr., on April 1, 2005 and he preceded her in death on March 8, 2017. She was previously married to Terry L. Budetich, who also preceded her in death.
Donna is survived by two daughters, Laleta Harshbarger and her companion, Paul “Putter”, of Greenville and Rosanna Homer, with whom she resided; two granddaughters, who lived with her and that she loved to take care of, Jaycee and Avacyn; a stepdaughter, Anita Holloway and her husband, Milton Dean and their children, Maurice, Bradyn and Dayne, of Brookfield, Ohio; a grandson she helped raise, Andrew Kell; eight other stepchildren and multiple stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; three nieces that she helped raise, Jennifer, Margaret and Christine; five brothers, Howard Myers and his wife, Phyllis, of Warrenton, Missouri, Randall Myers, Sr. and his companion, Vikki, of Newell, West Virginia, Thomas Myers, Sr. and his wife, Joy, of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, John Myers and his companion, Marsha, of Newell, West Virginia and Dale Myers and his companion, Paula, of Greenville; a sister, Virginia Blair of Greenville; two special friends, Penny Galus and her companion, Brian Mitchelltree and Dustin Richardson, who helped her throughout her illness and was like a son to her, all of Greenville and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a great-great-niece, Phoenyx.
She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Rosemary Myers.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018, from 1:00 – 3:45 p.m., at Osborne-Williams Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 73-75 Columbia Avenue, Greenville, where a funeral service will begin at 4:00 p.m. with Bill Myers, of Stoneboro and cousin of the deceased, officiating.
A Native American ceremony will be presented by Cherokee ministers Spyder and Tekakwitha Webb.
Cremation will follow the service.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123.
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6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX, 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.