She was born Feb. 5, 1916, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Arch F. and Martha Ann Hillman Cottrell.
She married Alva E. Drake in 1942. They later divorced.
She married Ray Leonard in 1967 after moving to California. While there, she worked as a beautician.
She later moved back to Fort Scott, Kan., in 1993. She attended the First Christian Church.
Survivors include one nephew, Wally Essix, Akron, Ohio; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; both parents; one brother, Virgil; four sisters, Marie, Verna, Edith and Suzanna; and four nieces.
There was cremation.
Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct graveside memorial services at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association and may be sent to the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.