Funeral services for Leona Mae Poole, a longtime Dove Creek resident, were held Thursday, January 7 at the First Southern Baptist Church in Dove Creek.
Interment followed at Dove Creek Cemetery.
Leona was born on July 31, 1929 to Owen Odis Skidmore and Lena May Affentranger Skidmore at the family home in Manitou, Tillman County, OK.
She was the only girl and the youngest of eight siblings.
She lost her mother at the age of ten. In 1942, her father married Minnie Langston, and she acquired two more brothers and five sisters.
They lived in Tillman County until she was 14, when her family moved near Wheeler, TX.
She met and later married Herbert H. (Red) Poole on June 25, 1949 at the preacher’s house in Wheeler, TX.
They lived in various towns in the Texas panhandle before moving to Utah in late 1953 where they lived in Monticello, White Canyon, just off the highway about 18 miles east of Monticello and then built a home on Ucolo Route, where they lived for many years until moving to Dove Creek in 2004.
They had a long, happy life together–celebrating their 66th anniversary this past summer.
Leona loved to cook for her family and others. Her most famous and well-loved dishes include her chicken and dumplings, fire engine red cake, apple and pecan pies, her pickled beets, and of course her dinner rolls.
She also enjoyed gardening (canning and freezing food), she enjoyed reading, especially her Bible. Her faith in God was an example to us all.
She lived out her faith daily and was faithful to her church for 50 plus years.
Leona was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Dove Creek and loved her church family whole-heartedly.
Leona had a great capacity to love – sharing her love with family and friends. She loved everyone and always wanted to feed and care for them.
Leona is survived by her husband of 66 1/2 years, Herbert (Red) Poole; her children Owen of Ucolo, UT; Jeanette (Steve Henline) of Boise, ID; Linda (Dennis Gorsett) of Grand Junction, CO; Nita (Dan Graffis) of Dove Creek, CO; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She is survived by siblings Oreal, Freddie, Johnny, Margie, Roma, and Dora. She is also survived by seven brothers and sisters-in-laws.
She is preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and four sisters. She is also predeceased by 12 brothers and sisters-in-laws.
In lieu of flowers, if you prefer, you can donate to a Memorial Fund which will be given to Mother’s church, First Southern Baptist Church of Dove Creek, CO.
Services were under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. To send condolences, or to view the full obituary, log on towww.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.