The Woodward News

Obituaries

February 4, 2013

Leah Winifred Landon Jones

Woodward, Okla. — Leah Winifred Landon Jones was born July 13, 1917, to George Alfred and Zetta Ellenbelle Borden Landon, on the family farm southwest of Mutual, Oklahoma, and passed from this life on January 31, 2013, in the Seiling Community Hospital.  She was the middle of three daughters born to this couple, a younger sister to Leora (Burns), and an older sister to Lelia “Babe” (Lawrence).  The three “L Girls” were each spaced less than two years apart.

Leah grew to adulthood on this farm, helping her parents and the large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins that surrounded them, with their work.  She attended the Sibel country school, graduating from the eighth grade, and then attended one year of high school in Mutual.  

On December 9, 1936, Leah was united in marriage to Henry Albert Jones, a young man that had grown up on the neighboring farm.  It was a union that would last for over 70 years, until Henry’s passing in 2007.  

They made their first home in Mutual before purchasing their own farm in the Sharon community in 1943.  Henry and Leah lived on this farm until 1974, when they purchased their home in the town of Sharon.  Leah continued to live there after Henry’s passing until she became a resident of the Vici Nursing Home in 2008.

Leah was an active member of the Mutual Christian Church, where her parents had also belonged, until ill health forced she and Henry to attend less regularly.  Leah was an avid gardener who worked tirelessly to mow and water her yard, and springtime always found her busy planting her vegetable garden and flowers!   Even in poor health, she still remarked that “I just wish I could go work in the yard again.”   

Most of all, Leah liked people.  She never met a stranger, and was well-known in the communities of Vici, Sharon, Mutual and Woodward.  She always enjoyed stopping to talk to everyone, and even in the nursing home, in her wheelchair, was always on the go.  The family joke was that Leah should be the Greeter at Wal-Mart.  She talked to everyone, and knew the location of everything in the store.  She always agreed, with a laugh.

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  • dimmit003.jpg Jerome Roscoe Dimmitt

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