Leona Katherine Killion.
Born April 21, 1923 in Faye, Oklahoma.
Passed away December 3, 2012 in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Leona was preceded in death by her father and mother George and Anna Mae Williams, her husband James R. Killion, four brothers, Edgar, Wayne, Glen, Forest and two sisters Bernice and Rosa. She is survived by one brother, Lee J. Williams, her son, Larry J. Killion, two daughters, Deanna K. Niesen and Deborah L. Arena. Leona had six grandchildren and thirteen great-grands, as she called them.
Sister Leona came from a hard working background in the farm country of Oklahoma. She trusted Christ as her personal Savior as a teenager. She met Jim Killion while working as a cashier on Ft. Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. They fell in love, were married and she gave birth to Larry and Deanna.
Jim was in the Army and after going to Warrant Officer School became a career soldier. The family moved to Germany in 1950 and there Leona gave birth to her third child, Deborah. After the tour in Europe, they were stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington where they bought a house and made a home in Lakewood. When Jim retired from the Army, he and Leona separated and Leona paid off the house and worked a variety of jobs including, a Cracker Packer at the ABC Cookie Factory behind the old B&I store, retail clerk for Earnst Hardware, and cashier in local grocery stores.
She put herself through Beautician School and had her own Beauty shop, Miss Lea’s, until she had back surgery and after that worked in the Wig Department at the Bon Marche at the Tacoma Mall.
Leona was a faithful member of the Lords Baptist Church in Tacoma, Washington where her son Larry Killion is the Pastor.
Her final resting place until the resurrection is at the Mountain View Memorial Park. A celebration of life will be held in memory of Sister Killion at The Lords Baptist Church, 11102 Yakima Ave. So. Tacoma, WA. 98444 on December 15th, at 10:00AM.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home.