Irma Earlene Leonard

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Leonard (Taylor), Irma Earlene Richard's life partner and our beloved and devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, passed away at the age of 76 into God's waiting arms, on March 9, 2009, surrounded at home by loving family members. She was born in rural Visalia, CA to parents, William O. and Beulah May Taylor and raised with five sisters, Gladys Jensen (Wynn) of Bakersfield; Glenna Seeley (Clarence) of Bakersfield; Adrianne Brummer (Robert) of Tulare; and Patricia Haury (Jim) of Visalia. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Imogene, and her parents. She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughter Carla Botiller (Ted) of Georgetown, KY, and grandsons Ben (Kaori) of Shanghai, China and Jon of Georgetown; daughter Gailene Tofiga (Toi) of Gardena, CA, grand-daughter Amber Holmes and great grandsons, Isaiah and Amare of Torrance; grand-daughters Tiana and Kayla of Gardena. In addition, she is survived by many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces from a very loving family. Earlene graduated from high school in Visalia and attended commercial business college in Fresno. Following school, she was employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance in Visalia. She and her husband, Richard, met at Ivanhoe Presbyterian Church and were married in 1955. She continued working for Metropolitan in Fresno while Richard attended college. Following that employment, she was a school secretary for an elementary school in Fresno, and after moving to Southern California in 1965, for Zela Davis Elementary School in Hawthorne until illness forced her to retire in 1988. With the discovery of her cancer through surgery in 1980, the family was told she had three to four years left to live. But with wonderful caring physicians, her fighting spirit, positive attitude, faith in God, and importantly to her, the prayers of countless people, God extended that time to almost 28 years. She maintained a great love of music, playing the piano for services at her home church, being part of a mixed vocal trio that won a State Christian Endeavor competition and singing in a number of church choirs. She was mouthing the words of choruses and hymns family members were singing almost to the very end. She drew her strength from her personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, serving since youth as a Sunday School teacher, youth leader, deaconess and as a counselor in Stephen Ministry. Our family greatly misses her unconditional love, tireless acts of kindness, devotion to family, and unselfish spirit. All who met her sensed her concern for them and their needs. A memorial service will be held at the South Bay Community Church, 1459 W 190th Street, Torrance, on March 21 at 10:30 AM, Pastor Gary Shiohama presenting. In lieu of flowers, donations to South Bay Community Church may be sent to the church office, 370 Amapola Avenue, Suite 208, Torrance, CA 90501; please write Earlene's Memorial on the memo line. All gifts will be used for the youth ministries. It is Earlene's wish that those who attend the service be dressed casually.. .come prepared to praise God for her life and arrival into His home. Time will be given to those who wish to share their fond memories.

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  1. We will miss our beloved Aunt Earlene. She was an angel on earth. She is now truly blessed by God.

  2. After many years of triumphs and struggles, Earlene has gone on to a much better place. Her loved ones left behind will be dealing with the grief of missing her presence especially Richard. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time.

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