Leona Mae Howard Andrews Harbison

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COVE CITY - Leona Mae Howard Andrews Harbison, 94, passed away peacefully on Sept. 22, 2012, at her residence after a short illness.

Born Nov. 28, 1917, near Bunker Hill, she was the youngest of 10 children born to William Blackstone Howard and Lillian Ann Stewart Howard. Florence Mabel, Raymond, Oral, Merle, Dorothy, Russell, Myra, Kenneth, Lloyd as well as her parents preceded her in death.

Leona and her first husband, Everett Andrews, were the parents of four children, Martha Lee (Slayton), Mary Carolyn (Stites), William, and Everett Franklin. William and Martha have passed away, as well as grandson Eric Slayton. Leona and her second husband, Frank Ira Harbison, were the parents of three children, Franke, Sharon and Danny.

She was a loving mother and grandmother. She is survived by Mary Carolyn Stites of Victorville, Calif., Everett F. Andrews and wife Mary of Durango, Colo., Frank Harbison and wife Janice and Dan Harbison and wife Cassondra all of Edwardsville, and Sharon H Witcher of Cove City, N.C. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

She had been a wiring assembly worker for Curtiss-Wright Aviation in St. Louis during World War II, and later a bus driver in Edwardsville, which she enjoyed, but she retired from Olin Corporation / Winchester-Western in Alton, where she helped assemble ammunition. She was a member of the Core Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Cove City, N.C. Her other interests included gardening, sewing, and crocheting, and all her friends at church and at the New Bern Police Department.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Core Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Cove City, N.C.

Memorial contributions can be made to Disabled American Veterans, your local VFW/Veterans of Foreign Wars, or the National Breast Cancer Foundation or Community Home Care and Hospice.

Special thanks to Community Home Care & Hospice: Sabrina, Belinda, Karen, Jessica, Debra and Rev. Jim. They made the transition tolerable.

Online condolences can be made at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.

Published in Sun Journal from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6, 2012
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