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Leonna Joy Cockrill of Independence, MO passed away February 8, 2023. Services will be held at a later date in Platte City, MO.
Leonna was born March 26, 1948. She grew up in Platte City, MO. Leonna graduated high school there in 1966. She attended college first at William Woods and completed her studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She later completed her masters degree. Leonna taught English and related courses for many years at several schools. She served longest at Harrisonville High School. She was also the Student Council sponsor there. Leonna was much beloved by her students. Her own “kids” were her many dogs, Lucy and Ellie who survive.
She was preceded in death by: parents, Tom and Joanne Holybee Cockrill; birth father; aunts and uncles; and cousin, Jay Yuille.
Survivors include: aunt, Margaret Cockrill; maternal cousin, Melinda Stubbs Marsh; paternal cousins: Craig, Bruce Cox and Terry Durand Cox, Janie Yuille, Janet, David and Tommy Cockrill; she also leaves behind many other relatives, close friends and thousands of former students.
Robin Smith says
Lee was a special friend. I got to know her at Raytown Christian Church and continued to visit her through our Stephen Ministry program. I always enjoyed her wit and sense of humor. My condolences to the family.
Bruce Cox says
Leona was family and a friend that our family cherished, her visits were always cheerful, her sassy attitude would always brighten Mom and Dads day. They loved her as one of their own. Wish we had more time Leona gone way too soon.