Obituary of Leona F. DeBeer
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DICKINSON – Leona F. DeBeer November 11, 1942 – April 30, 2021 This is the story of Leona DeBeer. She was loved by many, will be missed, and will always be cherished. Leona's story began in Champaign, Illinois on November 11, 1942. She was the oldest child of Eugene and Bernadette (Taylor) Malette. She met her would be husband Andrew, at a dance on her 18th birthday and they wed on December 1, 1962. They worked side by side on their dairy farm for forty years. You could always find her in the spring and fall driving the tractor doing farm work, or as she would say "working on her tan". Leona wore many hats, she was involved with Farm Bureau for thirty-two years, Red Cross Blood Clinic Coordinator, and provided home health care for many years as well. Whether it was bowling, volleyball, skiing, or snowmobiling she always loved to be around others. She enjoyed the casino, gardening, baking, playing cards, and the sound of the ocean. She especially enjoyed spending the winters in Florida and being with family and friends. Loved ones that have cleared the path for Leona are her Parents Eugene and Bernadette (Taylor) Malette, Brothers Eugene, Thomas, and Richard Malette. Loved ones that will miss Leona until they meet again are her husband Andrew DeBeer her children David (Elizabeth) DeBeer, Jane (Jeffrey) Boyea, and Julie (TJ) Riley. Siblings Roger Malette, Michael (Lori) Malette, Carol (Gary) Parnapy, Patricia Braman, sister-in-law Theresa Malette, and Sheila Malette. She is also survived by her grandchildren Thomas (Kellie) Riley, Derek (Tracy) Riley, Jonathan (Meagan) Wampler, Shontelle (Josh) Riley, Travis (Kaylei) Wampler, Nicola Riley, Brad, Brian and Brooke DeBeer and nine great grandchildren. Leona will be remembered for her kindness, grace, and selflessness as a wife, mother and friend to all. She gave the warmest hugs and always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes even when times were tough. She had a quiet strength and grace, she never complained, and always looked forward to a better tomorrow. In lieu of flowers, Leona has requested that donations be made in her memory to the "In the Meantime Fund" at the Brushton-Moira Central School District which provides necessities to less fortunate children in school. A time of visitation will be held Friday (May 7th) from 10-10:45 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Brushton. A Funeral Mass will commence at 11 a.m. Please take a moment to reach out to the Leona's family on the "Tribute Wall" at www.flintfuneralhomeny.com