Leona M. Spears, 73


Leona May Spears, 73 of Litchfield, formerly of Raymond, died Monday morning, August 30, 2021 at 7:24 A.M. at her home in Litchfield.

She was born on Dec. 13, 1947 in Litchfield,  a daughter of the late Clyde and Mildred (Brittan) Crawford.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 3, at 11:00 a.m. at the Litchfield Family Funeral Service in Litchfield. Pastor Dave Ziegenbein, minister of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church will officiate. Burial will be at the Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Honey Bend.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 2, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the family.

She was most recently employed by the Litchfield Community Unit School District as a cafeteria worker after retiring from Georgia Pacific in Mt. Olive.

Her strong-willed determination couldn’t be matched by any other. She fought through her physical ailments until the last day, making sure she didn’t miss any family events. She never judged anyone and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She enjoyed camping, playing cards and doing puzzles. Most importantly, she loved being a grandma and a great-grandma.

She is survived by her daughters; Kelli Tabaka of Litchfield, Crystal (Robert) Knuth of Litchfield, Kimberley Burdell of Mt. Olive, Jamie (Corey) Sorsen of Mt. Olive; grandchildren, Kevin (Hannah) Black, Courtney Tabaka, Justin (Carly) Knuth, Austin and Wyatt Burdell, MaKenzy and MaKayla Sorsen; great-granddaughter, Lucille Tabaka; and one great-granddaughter on the way, Oakley Sorsen; Siblings, Harold, Ronnie, Lester, David, Dale, Quinlin, and Ricky Crawford, Dorothy Warren, Alma Knes, and Sharon Littrell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Alvin Crawford.

Due to recent CDC guidelines and mandates, masks will be required.

The Litchfield Family Funeral Service will be serving the family. To view the online obituary, leave a condolence, sign the online register, or light a virtual candle, visit litchfieldffs.com.