Leoda Mae Brightwell

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Leoda Mae Brightwell went to heaven to be greeted by our Lord and Savior on November 4, 2020, on a beautiful fall morning, with her three loving daughters and her special caregivers by her side.

Leoda was born Aug. 31, 1928, in Egypt, Arkansas. She was one of twelve siblings; all have preceded her in death. She was married seventy-four years to LD Brightwell who passed just five months before her. Also preceding her are her son Jimmy Ray Brightwell, two grandsons, Dennis Caudle and Steve Gurney, and a son-in-law Ken McGruder.

She is survived by three daughters, De McGruder, her daughter Marty Coones and her children Allie and Truan of Cassville, Missouri, Deronda Gurney and her husband Tom of Shell Knob, Missouri, and their grandson Joshua of Springfield, Missouri, and Debra McIntyre and her husband Tim of Kingsburg, California, their son Todd, his wife Josy of Cassville, Missouri, and their children Reef and Rya, Lindsey Hernandez and her husband Joey, their children McKenzie, Presley and Charley of Kingsburg, California, grandsons Clint and Jason Brightwell from California, and her beloved adopted daughter Diann Villines from Jenkins, Missouri.

Leoda loved her church family and her Bible, which she read the entire book many times. Family was her life, you never left her house hungry.Leoda was loved by many and will be missed by many.

Until we meet again. We love you Mama!

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, at Clio Cemetery in Jenkins, Missouri, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.

Contributions may be made to Haven Of The Ozarks in memory of Leoda.


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Cassville, Missouri