Leona B. Kennedy Gaskill
Age 79, of Strasburg, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Union Hospital, where she was taken after becoming ill at home. Born Nov. 10, 1933, in Cedarville, W.Va, she was a daughter of the late John P. and Charity Radcliff Marks. Leona attended school in Cedarville, and in the early 1950's, met and married Eugene R. Kennedy. The couple reared four children and spent nearly 40 years together prior to Eugene's passing in 1992. Leona was employed by Cosmo Plastic in Wilmot as a machine operator for 30 years before retiring.
She married Richard F. "Frank" Gaskill in 2001, and the couple shared 11 years together before Frank's passing in 2012.
Leona loved being a homemaker and having her family and friends around her. She also enjoyed gardening, especially growing flowers Leona had a very green-thumb. She will be sadly missed by her family, which includes her children: Barbara (Duane) Stutzman and Carol (Mike) King, both of Dundee, Larry (April) Kennedy of Talladega, Ala., Lori (Wes) Starn of Strasburg; her 11 grandchildren; her 17 great-grandchildren; her sister, Shirley Lamb of Beach City; her brother-in-law, John Avon Lamb; also of Beach City; and her several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, and her first husband, Eugene, and her second husband, Frank, she was preceded in death by her sister, Naomi Lamb; and her two brothers, Charles and Fred Marks.
Family and friends are invited to call at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory, Strasburg, on Monday, Mar. 25th., 12:45 1:45 p.m., a graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. in Strasburg's Grandview Union Cemetery with Pastor Brian Flood officiating. To sign an online guestbook and share a fond memory of Leona, please visit the Obituaries and Flowers link on the funeral home's website.
Published in The Times Reporter on Mar. 24, 2013