April 28, 1925 - March 1, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Caroma was born in Maxwell, OK to William Jaret Neely and Maude Mae Lance Neely. She graduated from Latta High School in 1943 and worked for Western Union during World War II. She met and married Lee Dale Leach, and they raised their two daughters in Oklahoma City. They enjoyed traveling and many happy years at Lake Tenkiller. Caroma's special pleasures in life came from her family, her beautiful gardens, and fish fries at the lake. The family were longtime members of Central Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder and Clerk of the Session. Caroma lived at Epworth Villa for the last 14 years. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Elva Wilson; and granddaughter, Neely Kernan. Caroma is survived by daughter, Jan Garrett and her husband Bob; daughter, Robin Kernan and her husband Greg; sisters, Wilma LaFevers, Maxine Neely Davenport, Ida Kilburn, and Margaret Weldon; brother, Charles Neely; grandchildren, Tyler (Christine) Kernan, Grant (Amber) Kernan, Maggie (Bret) Hackett, and Robynn (Greg) Pollard; and great-grandchildren, Avery and Brooke Kernan, Jackson and Ella Kernan, Cavan Hackett, and Kinsey Pollard. A memorial service will be Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at Brill Chapel at Epworth Villa, Oklahoma City. Memorials may be made to the Epworth Villa Benevolent Fund, 14901 N Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73134; or Personal Pastor Program, Inc., 9205 Lansbrook Ln, Oklahoma City, OK 73132.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 3, 2014