We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Clayton Kay Vaughn Funeral Home
Evelyn Leona Day, 78, gained her wings on June 9th 2022, in Ft Worth Texas. She was born February 8th, 1944, in Liberal, Kansas. She was the 8th child of K.S.& Ione Booth.
Leona graduated from Liberal High School in 1962. On June 5th,1962, she married Theo Day and they had one daughter together, Crystal.
Leona enjoyed being a housewife, mother, Girl Scout Leader of Troop 323, gardening, running a bait shop with her dad, fishing, reading a book, making homemade candy for the holidays, organizing the Family All Girl Campouts, and being a caregiver. Things soon to changed for Leona due to the sudden death of Theo in 1976.
Leona found herself joining the full-time work force, in which she went to work as a secretary for Beth Tallmon who owned an insurance office in Cleburne. After a few short weeks, Leona soon decided that she needed to become a licensed agent in order to be able to serve clients better.
In 1977 Leona married George Davis, continuing her career in insurance and later becoming a Certified Insurance Counselor. In 1980 an opportunity knocked at the door and she and George bought Grandview Insurance Agency. She strived to increase her ability to help her clients, so she and George started taking real estate classes in order to expand their business. Leona received her Real Estate Broker’s license and in addition to the insurance agency, opened
Alvarado Real Estate. She and George continued to be successful in the insurance and real estate. During this time they were also blessed with their first grandchild Cassidy, in July 1984. After 31 years of marriage, George passed in 2008.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters.
God once again smiled on Leona and led Johnnie Day into her life. On July 4, 2009, they were married in a small country church surrounded by a host of family and friends. Leona decided to retire from the insurance business in 2010, continuing the real estate business with Crystal. She and Johnnie enjoyed riding in the Slingshot, sitting on the patio watching the hummingbirds, working in the garden, dancing , and most of all, enjoying life with each other.
If you were to ask Leona what was the greatest gift she ever received, she would have said , “ Just look around , my cup runneth over.”
Those left to cherish her legacy include her husband of 13 years, Johnnie Day, her daughter, Crystal Holmes and husband Barry, of Grandview, TX; granddaughter Cassidy Holmes and Fiancé Chad Neal, of Alvarado, TX, her “Sugar Baby “ great grandson Bishop Neal, of Alvarado, TX. and blended children: Jeannette Gist and husband Randy of Abilene, TX, Johnny Day and wife Martha of Odessa Tx
Blended grandchildren, Alexa Gist of Midland TX, Bryce Gist of Austin, TX, Zack Gist & Bree Gist of Abilene, TX, and Mason Copely of Odessa, TX.
And a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.