7/31/1929 – 9/17/2013
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Marjorie Lilian Varn Leonard, 84, passed away Sept. 17, 2013, while in Hospice Care at Florida Memorial Hospital in Daytona Beach. She was born to Claude Grady Varn and Marjorie Boor Varn in Butte, Mont., where her native Floridian family was residing while her father operated the Coca-Cola bottling plant as co-owner. Following the death of her mother during childbirth, the family moved back to Florida. Claude Varn later married Mary Belle Barber of Bunnell who adopted and raised the children with love and tenderness.
Marjorie graduated from Ketterlinus High School in 1947. While in high school, she received the title of "Miss St. Augustine." She attended the University of Florida in the first year they admitted women and she joined Delta Delta Delta sorority while there. Prior to graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. to attend George Washington University. While in Washington, she accepted a job with the government as an operative with the Central Intelligence Agency, which took her to Vienna and Berlin immediately after World War II.
In 1957 Marjorie married James Dwight Leonard (KHS 1943) of St. Augustine in Trinity Episcopal Parish. They moved to Manhattan, New York. She and Jim and their two daughters lived in New Jersey, Louisiana and Florida. Marjorie and Jim fulfilled their desire to return to St. Augustine in 1996. Marjorie was a devoted, loving and fun wife and mother. She loved the company of her family and friends and her heart was always in St. Augustine. She is survived by her daughters Elizabeth "Lyza" Leonard Winston and son-in-law, Wayne of Illinois and her step-granddaughter, Kaylee Winston of Virginia and Marjorie "Jori" Leonard Snell and son-in-law, Gregory; granddaughters Maris and Arden Snell of Ormond Beach; sisters Mrs. Marilyn Varn Colee King (BHS 1941) of Bunnell and her family and Mrs. Helen "Honey" Varn Holton (KHS 1944) of Flagler Beach and her family; the family of her brother, Wilfred Varn of Tallahassee; Jim's family: nephew Sterling Hart (KHS 1958) and June (KHS 1959) Hart of St. Augustine and their family, Mrs. Caryl Leonard (Mrs. John "Jack" KHS 1939) of Mystic, CT, and her family and the Walter "Duke" Leonard (KHS 1939) family.
Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, Jim, of 47 years, her parents, Claude Varn, Marjorie Varn and Mary Belle Varn; and a sister, Corise "Tossie" Patricia Varn (BHS 1938) and brother Wilfred Claude Varn.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Trinity Episcopal Parish, 215 St. George St., St. Augustine, Fla. Private services will be held in Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marjorie's memory may be made to a preferred charity.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park (www.craigfuneralhome.com) is in charge of arrangements.
Craig Funeral Home Memorial Park
1475 Old Dixie Highway
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Published in St. Augustine Record on Sept. 22, 2013