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Katherine Messer CRAWFORDVILLE - Katherine Leonard Messer, 63, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, in Tallahassee. The service will be at 2 p.m. EST Saturday at Beggs Funeral Home Apalachee Chapel (850-942-2929), with burial at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. EST today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 3704, Memphis, TN 38103. A native of Birmingham, Ala., she had resided in the Tallahassee area since 1959. She retired from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and was a Methodist. Survivors include her husband, Wilburn "Buddy" Messer; two daughters, Donna Lynn McMahan (and husband Paul) of Crawfordville and Lisa R. Messer (and R.J. Scarborugh) of Tallahassee; a brother, Robert N. Leonard (and wife Brenda amd children) of Elmhurst, Ill.; six grandchildren, Jessica, Amy and Ryan Messer and Michael, Eric and Dana McMahan; two great-grandchildren, Erica McMahan and Eric McMahan Jr.; and special nieces and nephews, Wesley Leonard (and wife Debbie and children Beau and Christine) of Birmingham, Wanda Leonard of Moody, Ala., Janice Paskey (and husband Robert) of Seabrook, Texas, and Betty Goad and Bubba and Dorothy Shoemaker, all of Pasadena, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred N. Leonard Sr., and Rosalind "Granny" Norwood Leonard.

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Jan. 12, 2007.
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January 1, 2013
It has almost been 6 years since you left us for heaven and i know you are a beautiful angel you were here on this earth!! I miss your precious smile and your kindness and your love you showed me and everyone. Your daughters, grand children and great grand children are beautiful and you know Buddy is still his kind and understanding self.Heaven is so much richer with you there. Thank you so very much for always caring about me and everyone you came in contact with!!! You have a VERY beautiful and precious family, I love and miss you.

Edna Mae
edna butler
September 8, 2010
I know you must be so proud of Jessica graduating from college...i know her granddaddy is ...
July 12, 2010
Its been a couple years since I wrote on this page of my grandmothers and I just really miss her more now then ever. I graduate from college in 3 weeks and I wish she was there to welcome me home but I know she will be there in spirit.I love and miss you grandma and always will. Love Jessica
Jessica Messer
October 18, 2009
Its getting close to christmas and this is where you are missed the most. I miss helping you cook christmas dinner and all the fun and laughs we use to have and when I think of you I cry cause I miss you, but I smile cause I know that I will see you again someday and I smile cause I remember how my life was with you in it. You made everything better and I can't wait to see you again.I miss you grandma everyday and I wish you were here to hug me when I'm sad,but I know your in a better place and that makes me glad.But I will see you again someday.I love you and miss you grandma so much and I hope I'm making you proud.Love you always love Jessica.
Jessica Messer
February 26, 2009
It just seems like yesterday that you left us on earth and went up to heaven to be with the heavenly father and his son. You could not imagine how much you are missed, but we think about you everyday and can not wait till we are reunited in heaven. I talk to you everyday and love you more than you will know.
Jessica Messer
January 20, 2009
It has been 2 years now since you went away. We think about you always and know the love that you have left behind. We hear your laughter when we laugh, we see your sweet smile that you always smiled. We can just close our eyes and see your beautiful smile and know that your still with us. I miss your I love you. I don't think you ever met a person that you did not say I love you..
In loving memory Aunt Katherine..go rest high on that mountain..
Connnie Messer-Kendrick
July 15, 2008
Buddy, This is the time of year that the fabulous Messer Brother's grace us in Sopchoppy at the Opry with the best music around and I am so blessed to know you, Paul, Charles and let me not leave out Morris, Faye, and Helen and Grandma Messer and granny Leonard. I am about to mention the person who graced us all the most with her beauty, grace, laughter, her all around presence and i miss her Dearly and that is Katherine. I can see her alot in my mind, having her hair done, shopping at Wal mart, but mostly loving you and yes sir Buddy she is and always will be your woman your woman your wife. i love you very much and I miss seeing you and all the children god bless you all.
Edna Mae Butler
edna mae butler
July 15, 2008
Buddy, This is the time of year that the fabulous Messer Brother's grace us in sopchoopy at the Opry with the best music around and I am so blessed to know you, Paul, Charles and let me not leave out Morris, Faye, and Helen and Grandma Messer and granny Leonard. I am about to mention the person who graced us all the most with her beauty, grace, laughter, her all around presence and i miss her Dearly and that is Katherine. I can see her alot in my mind, having her hair done, shopping at Wal mart, but motsly loving you and yes sir Buddy she is and always will be your woman your woman your wife. i love you very much and I miss seeing you and all the children god bless you all.
Edna Mae Butler
edna mae butler
June 17, 2008

I miss you so much and you wont believe how much I wish you were here. I will love you forever and I will see you in heaven one day but hopefully not that soon. I will always remember the good times we had and how much I knew you cared.

Jessica Messer
February 13, 2008
Katherine, I read Buddy's precious message to you and it made me both sad that you are gone but very happy that you have Buddy and all those precious children & grandbabies... I think of you everyday You can be very proud of everyone in your family Connie, Debbie, Betty and all on the Leonard side as well ... I love and miss your smile, your beautiful ways and beauty... Buddy.. you are a precious person as are all the Messers, and Leonard's. God Bless you...


Edna Mae
edna butler
January 27, 2008
As the days go by we wonder why did she have to go? God knows the answers. Who are we to ask why? I have a peace in my Heart knowing that you are in perfect peace, no more pain and no more saddness. We are the ones that are here to have the pain and saddness without your love and funny little ways. I know that your in Heaven. You will always have a special place in my heart.I love you and miss you.
Connie Messer-Kendrick
January 9, 2008
My Darling Katherine, I have been sitting here reading the kind words of Love that have been written about you and my eyes are full and my mind has been going over so many beautiful memories of you and only GOD knows how much I LOVE YOU and have from the first day my eyes met yours. You Touched My Heart and from that day forward and until my eyes are closed in Death, I Will Always Love You and I thank God every day for the years we shared together. I feel so Alone without you and do not know what God's plan is for my days ahead. I still have our sweet daughters and beautiful grandkids & great grandkids, but My Life will Never be the same without your Love.
You will always be "MY WOMAN, MY WOMAN, MY WIFE".

January 7, 2008
I miss you Katherine and I know you are not hurting anymore you would be so very proud of your wonderful family Jessica is so pretty and such a joy and Lisa, and Donna are jst as beautiful and those grandbabies and last but certainly not least your wonderful husband.. Buddy is his same gracious self and they all miss you heaven became rich 1/10/2007 and we will all see you !!!

Love, Edna Mae !!!
edna butler
January 3, 2008
i miss you grandma every day.
Jessica Messer
June 8, 2007
I would like to thank all of you for your support and in 2 days it will be 6 months since she passed away. I think of this saying when I think of my grandmother.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.

I know every moment I had with my grandmother took my breath away. I will miss her forever and can't wait to see her again.

I graduated May 22,2007 with my cousin Dana Mcmahan. We would have loved to have our grandmother there in person,but she was there in spirit. She watched us cross that stage and I could swear I could hear her cheering.

May God keep you and love you forever Grandma like we all did.

Jessica Messer
April 12, 2007
Jessica, Your precious grandmother Katherine will see you get married , and have beautiful children... she is watching over you right now and she is not hurting anymore and her yes she is getting her nails done and litening to marty Robbins singing all day long but she is also with her precious mama and Great grandma Odie and Aunt Faye and Helen and all your precious family that has nade their journey home to heaven and Jessica she loves you and so do I and i for one am very proud of you and so is your precious mama Lisa.. and Buddy i know we had our words and i have stayed away but not a day goes by that i do not think of you, Amy, Ryan, Jessica, Donna, Lisa and all the families... I cannot wait until we see each other again because just to let you know Edna Mae is doing just fine in her life but it is not same without the goodtimes wee all had and yes i miss Katherine each and every day. I love you all. My number is 926-7617 call me anytime . I miss Charles, wanda, Paul,and especially Buddy and his family and on my end I cannot applogize enough and I have stayed away. Again I love and miss you all.


Edna Mae
Edna Butler
April 10, 2007
It has been 3months today that Katherine Messer entered to the gates of Heaven and I think about her everyday. Katherine i miss you lots and i love you very much. I also love the ENTIRE Messer families. God bless you all each and everyday.

Peace be with you

Edna Mae Butler
Crawfordville, Florida
Edna butler
March 30, 2007
It has been almost three months since she has passed away. I have tried to move on with my life, but I do have my days when I just feel like I can't go on with my life because she is not apart of it. My grandfather Buddy has his days because sometimes he just will start to cry over nothing and sometimes when he talks about her he will start to get coaked up. We miss her everyday. We try to keep going, but it gets harder and harder as the days go by. We want to thank all of you that supported us and we thank all of yall for your prayers.
Thank you all.
Jessica Messer
January 24, 2007
I am Katherine Leonard Messer's grandaughter Jessica. I am writting this little passage to thank all the people who sent flowers and brought food and was just a good friend to my grandmother Katherine and my grandfather Buddy. I loved my grandmother more than life itself, and I am going to miss having her around for the rest of my life. But she is in a better place right now and if you knew Katherine very well than you know right now she is getting her hair done and her nails done and listening to Marty Robins singing on the cloud next to her. My grandmother will never see me get married or see my children or see me graduate from college, but I know she will always be watching me. I know she will be watching all her family and all her friends and she will always be with us even if you can't see her. Always know that she will always be there as the angel she was always meant to be. A beautiful angel with golden wings.
Thank You All For Your Support And Friendship. We Love You All.

Love The Messer and McMahan Family
Jessica Messer
January 24, 2007
This is a poem that I wrote for Katherine Messer who is my Grandmother.

In Loving Memory of Katherine Leonard Messer

Born:Febuary 23, 1943
Died:January 10, 2007

Written By Her Oldest Grandaughter
Jessica Nichole Messer

God knew what happened
He held my hands to leave
He said, he loves me very much
Now my spirit is free

A million times I watched
As I saw myself pass away
All my family cried
But they knew I couldn't stay

A million times I watched
As I saw my loved ones fall and cry
I knew they really loved me
But it was my time to die

They tried everything to save me
But now I feel no pain
I love them all very truely
And I'll see them again someday

This poem was read at Katherine Messers Funeral on January 13,2007 by her grandaughter Jessica Messer.
Jessica Messer
January 13, 2007
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Betty Powell
January 13, 2007

Beth Cooper
January 12, 2007
Katherine my friend:
We are sad down her on earth but Heaven is rejoicing today because he has a beautiful angel up there watching over Buddy ,Lisa,Donna and all the babies. Katherine I want to personally thank you for being you.. you and buddy loved me for who edna mae was and there will not be a day do by that you will not be in my heart. You are just as pretty as ever now and hopefully one day I will see you one day in heaven but until then my friend I love you and now you can do all the Walmart shopping you want sweetie . God Bless you and you have a tremendously wonderful family and you left a beautiful legacy.

I love you and will miss you everyday,

Edna Mae
edna mae butler
January 12, 2007
I never really knew Mrs. Messer, but I know her daughter Lisa. My prayers are with the family. Lisa you are in my prayers.
Janice Crowson
January 12, 2007
Lisa, I am so sorry MY prayers are with you and your family,i know how you are hurting,Lisa when my Mom pass away last year,you help me out a lot.So I am here for you,when you need me, Lisa We Love you,
Martha Schul
January 12, 2007
Buddy, i am so sorry to here about katherine she was such a good person and friend to me and my family for many years I can remember my parents playing cards at you and katherines home many nights my prayers go out to you and your family she will be missed.
January 12, 2007
I will miss her coming by the office.
Madeline Hartsfield
January 12, 2007
Buddy,Lisa,Donna and family,
I love you all very much ad my love, thoughts, and prayers are with you all. May God continue to bless you . I loved Katherine very much Buddy we had some really good times one wonder memory of her to me is when we were all watching FSU play ball one time and she kept saying one word.. "Shetosky" I still think of that often she was the most beautifu; person all her life and she has a wonderful family.

Love, Edna Mae
edna butler
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