Leila Fern Hecox, 89, of Bozeman, died of natural causes Wednesday, May 30 at a local care facility. Her memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. July 14, 2012 at the Harrison Community Church, Harrison, Mont. with burial to follow in the Pony cemetery.
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Leila is survived by her husband, Donald Hecox of Bozeman; son, Dan Jackson of Port Orchard, Wash.; stepson, Doug Johnson of Great Falls; stepdaughter, Gayle Dedycker of Bozeman; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Alfred, Homer, Vivian, Ivan and Harold, and five sisters, Opal, Garnet, Jewel, Leola and Frankie.
Leila was born with her twin sister, Leola in Old Town Three Forks, Mont. to Francis and Martha Johnston on July 3, 1922. Leila and Leola and all of their sisters and brothers grew up in Pony. She was married to Donald Hecox on April 18, 1952 and they were together for 60 years. She became a homemaker and focused her energies on becoming a wonderful wife and mother. She traveled around several states for almost 20 years while her husband worked on the Minuteman Missile program while working for the Boeing Airplane company.
She had many hobbies such as crocheting, needle point, beading, and making decorations for her home. She enjoyed dancing, camping, spending time with her grandchildren and family, and anything that had to do with butterflies. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Shrine Children's Hospital or a
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 20, 2012