August 6, 1919 - July 27, 2011 EDMOND Leona Inman was born near Luther, Oklahoma on August 6, 1919 to Ames and Maude (Davis) Herrold. She graduated from Luther High School in 1937 and graduated from Beauty School before moving to Edmond in 1942. She was than employed at Southwest Bell in Edmond where she met Russell Inman, son of another telephone operator, while he was home on leave during WWII. In 1943 she married Russell Inman and their son Stanley Inman was born on February 11, 1945. Russell was killed in action while on a bombing raid over Osaka, Japan in May of 1945 and Leona dedicated her life to raising her son and bringing him up in the Lord. Leona worked for Edmond Public Schools as secretary to the Superintendent and Clerk of the school board for over twenty years serving three superintendents. Leona was a member of the Church of Christ for over 75 years and enjoyed serving our Lord through volunteer work at nursing homes and the Search Ministry. She was a devoted, loving mother and friend and she let her light shine in a quiet-mannered way. Leona was a selfless woman who cared of her mother and father and her brother during their deaths, and always thought of the welfare of others first. Leona is survived by her son, Stanley Inman of Edmond, one sister and her husband, Ruth and Norman Nelson of Bartlesville Oklahoma, a brother-in-law, Irvan Heydman of Oklahoma City, one niece, Desnee Elgin, three nephews, Jimmy Cook, Leroy Cook, and Ron Cook, along with several great nieces and nephews all of whom she deeply loved as her own children. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Evelyn Cook and a brother, Clifford Herrold. Funeral services for Mrs. Inman will be in the Edmond Church of Christ Monday, August 1, at 2 p.m. with Kent Risley presiding. Interment will be in Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond. A brief graveside service will be conducted by longtime friend and Elder Ronny Goodnight. For those who wish to remember Leona in a charitable way the family has asked that donations be made to Alzheimer's research of your choosing.
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Published in The Oklahoman on July 29, 2011