Leone Dixon Mendenhall Williams
Leone Dixon died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at the Joyful Living Center, Parker, Colorado.
She was born on December 10, 1918 in Reno County Kansas, the youngest of three children born to Charles Elbie Dixon and Lizzie M. Housinger Dixon. She grew up in Stevens and Morton County in extreme southwestern Kansas. She was preceded in death by her father in 1945 and her mother in 1981. Her brothers Howard and Harold Dixon and son-in-law Nelson Ingram also preceded her.
Leone married Clarence Banker Mendenhall on April 17, 1938 in Wichita, KS. They had two children, Elbie and Ellen. Leone was a devoted wife and mother, often sewing beautiful clothes for her family. Leone and Clarence moved to Leoti, KS in 1948 where he was the manager of Collingwood Grain Elevator and Leone was the bookkeeper. After retiring from Collingwoods, Clarence farmed and Leone was bookkeeper for other local businesses. Due to Clarenceʼs declining health, they moved to Arizona in 1983 were he died in 1990. In 1996 Leone married Clairmont Williams, a friend from school days and they soon moved to Rolla, KS. Clairmont died of a heart attack on September 15, 2006. A year later Leone moved to the Denver, Colorado area where her daughter Ellen and her grandchildren Dean Ingram and Suzanne Roberts and their families lived.
She is survived by her son Elbie Mendenhall and his wife Marcia of Brush Prarie, WA. Their son Todd and his son Nathan as well as son Shaun and wife Nari with their children Emily, Joshua, and Logan are all in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Her daughter Ellen Ingram continues to live in Elizabeth, CO. Her children Dean Ingram and his wife Lisa, and their son Zachary and recently married daughter Rebecca Bryant, as well as her daughter Suzanne Roberts, her husband Michael, recently retired after 24 years in the Navy and their daughters Ariana and Elyse also live in the Denver area. Her stepson Max Williams and wife Jackie of Hugoton, KS and stepdaughter Mia Jane Crick and husband Ken of Liberal, KS are also survivors.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 4, 2012, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary Chapel, Meade, Kansas. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.