Leanza Cornett
1971 - 2020
BORN
June 10, 1971
DIED
October 28, 2020
Leanza Cornett was a TV personality and musician who was crowned Miss Florida in 1992 and Miss America in 1993.

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Published by Lebanon Express on Oct. 29, 2020.
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I first met Leanza when she visited Appalachia High School when her dad "Dickie" served as assistant principal. In addition to being beautiful, she was "beautiful" person in that she was warm, friendly, direct, open, and "down to earth" in dealing with groups of students or the individual one on one. She made every attempt to connect with those with whom she was speaking. Also she was a gifted, talented musician and singer. For example, she san the theme from "The Little Mermaid" acapella with perfect itch and excellent diction and intonation. She was genuine.
Suck people are rare and quite scarce in our modern world.
This world has lost a real treasure in Leanza and a beautiful shining light which many people would follow, especially those who are young and choose to be genuine, warm, and inspiring people. This world was a far better place when she was a part of it, and her influence, talent, and beauty will leave a positive influence on this modern world for time eternal. I send my sincere condolences to her family, especially her sons and her parents.
I shall miss her.
Frank Gentry
Acquaintance
November 21, 2020
I send my sincere condolences to Leanza’s sons (Kai and Avery), family, and friends. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

I met Leanza once, when she did a show at the Alhambra Dinner Theater. She was so kind to me. She will be greatly missed.
Kim Fulcher
Acquaintance
November 6, 2020
So sorry
NOAH & SHARON BLEVINS
November 6, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to the Cornett family. May God comfort your broken hearts at this extremely difficult time.
November 5, 2020
Leanza and I did shows together at the Alhambra and Theatre Jax when we were just starting out several years ago. Throughout her career, Leanza was such an inspiration to many who knew her, including myself. When we reconnected years later, she was such a proud mom telling me all about her amazing boys. My prayers and condolences are with Leanza's family.
Kristin Barone
Acquaintance
November 4, 2020
A beautiful Angel gone to soon. “Sweet as the taste of honey”
Nancy Willis
Family
November 4, 2020
I had always wanted an opportunity to meet her! To the friends and family of this wonderful woman I offer my prayers and sympathy! The world has trually lost a great person.
Susan Sperling
Acquaintance
November 4, 2020
My condolences go out to the Cornett family on the death of Leanna. She’ll be missed by many. So sorry for your loss.
LeeRoy
November 3, 2020
My condolences.
November 3, 2020
Many thoughts and prayers to the Cornett family, so very sorry for the loss. May God be with all of you in your time of sorrow.
November 2, 2020
she was my favorite miss america growing up and she will be sorely missed. she was a loving mother. diane burns louisville,ky
DIANE BURNS
November 2, 2020
I knew Leanza from a Church near her home Bethesda Temple...I played piano often with her...I lived her friends as well...She was really wonderful.. She loved Theme from Romeo and Juliet on the piano
Robert DeMaio
Friend
November 1, 2020
I have no words to express your grief. Just remember she in God's hands singing a beautiful song. Prayers and Blessings for you all, her sons and family
Love and memories.
Janet Wilson
Friend
November 1, 2020
I am praying for your family that you may all know the Lord's special grace and comfort.
Nancy Mays for the Mays Family
Nancy Mays
Friend
November 1, 2020
Dear Cornett Family Rory and I sincerely would luv to express our condolences's on the loss of Leanza Cornett.she was a lovely lady and she'll surely be missed very very much.best faith/rory
faith/rory tobin/dockett
Acquaintance
October 31, 2020
Sending prayers and words of comfort to the family of Leanza Cornett. Deeply saddened for your loss.
JE Sowell
October 31, 2020
I am so sorry about the loss of Leanza. Such a tragic death. The Cornett family has my deepest condolences. As the days, weeks and months pass during this difficult time, may you continue to be surrounded and comforted with the love and support that is needed and by fond memories of her.
jenee
October 31, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Linda Fiorentino
Family
October 31, 2020
LC: My condolences
October 31, 2020
A beautiful person, inside and out and worked hard for others. Sincere sympathies to the Cornett family, as you shed your tears over your loss, may all of you find comfort and strength from God to help through such a difficult time.
October 31, 2020
I had the honor to work with Leanza at the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show when it opened. She was kind, witty, brillant,talented, loving, caring and humble. I am so glad that we met and I will not only miss but look forward to seeing her again. Rest in peace, Leanza. Love you
Carey Robins
Friend
October 31, 2020
Its really sad to loss Leanza. May God strengthen you all as you deal with this loss. You are all in my prayers.
October 30, 2020
Prayers, condolences and sympathy to Leanza Cornett's family and friends.
Cathy Viviano
October 30, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Elizabeth Thornton
October 30, 2020
Prayers and Peace for her family. She will always be the perfect Little Mermaid who went on to win Miss America. It was way too soon so fly high and keep singing for the Angels!
Susan Biondi
Coworker
October 30, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Thoughts and prayers for Leanza's loved ones.
A Lee
October 30, 2020
October 30, 2020
Tom Fields
Friend
October 30, 2020
We are heartbroken of hearing of Leanza’s passing. She is our third cousin on the Hutton side. May God give her children and family peace, comfort and strength.
Terri Hutton-Dodd
Family
October 30, 2020
My condolences to the family. So sad to loose such a vibrant person, in the midst of her career. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.
October 30, 2020
I never met Ms. Leanza Cornett!! But what a young, beautiful, talented, woman to loose at such a young age!! Thoughts/Condolences/Prayers to her Family and Friends!! May GOD watch over 'each' of you!!
Ronald Bredemeyer
Friend
October 30, 2020
I remember Leanza working on Entertainment Tonight with my ex husband Sergio Herrera. We would go to their Holiday parties and she was always very gracious and sweet. My condolences to her family and friends. RIP sweet lady
Corrina L Herrera
Acquaintance
October 30, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family for your loss of a talented and personable woman. At this difficult time may the God of tender mercies comfort you.
Mary
Neighbor
October 30, 2020
Beautiful lady gone too soon. Rest in heavenly Peace.
Sheila Smith
October 30, 2020
Always a bright and shining star inside and out
Charity James Hudnut
Friend
October 29, 2020
Just heartbroken and my deepest condolences for Patty and Dickie and family.
My most cherished memories are times I spent with you.Singing Unforgettable with you meant more to me the words can express.
The last line of your Miss Florida talent song says it best...
"The world could end each night
With One More Look At You!
Rest in Peace my Queen
Ryan Davis
Ryan Davis
Friend
October 29, 2020
I met her during a dance competition. Very nice and beautiful. Rest in peace
October 29, 2020
I will always remember her smile and her love for people.
Gary and Patty Corbitt
Gary corbitt
Friend
October 29, 2020
I remember the night she got crowned.
Rest in Heaven.with the Lord
lovely lady.
October 29, 2020
My sweet friend.... I love and miss you!! You were such a bright spot in my life and I will always hold all of our memories close in my heart. It doesn’t even seem real that you aren’t here anymore.... I am thankful for the promise I will see you again one day!! I love you BIG bunches!!
Kerri Koenig
Friend
October 29, 2020
My sincere condolences to Leanza family may our Heavenly Father the God of love and tender mercies comfort and strengthen all of you in this painful time
KB
October 29, 2020
RIP
Dr. Michael Reynolds
October 29, 2020
Scott Chamberland
October 29, 2020
We are so shocked and saddened to hear of Leanza's accident and untimely passing. I knew some people who knew her personally, and in her heyday (both here in Jax in the summer musicals and on much bigger stages), they all said the same thing about her - that none of her successes ever went to her head. Our hearts are broken for her family and friends. You cannot imagine how many people are grieving with you. All we can do is pray that God will comfort you all as only He can. Know that He has welcomed her Home and she is safe always.
October 29, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to the Cornett family, so very sorry for the loss of Leanza. At this time of your tears, may God be your strength and comfort as you endure this most difficult loss.
October 29, 2020
I was very sadden to hear of Ms. Cornett's passing. Condolences to her family and friends.
Selma Coleman
October 29, 2020
She was absolutely beautiful and May she RIP forever Up in Heaven, Amen!
Jennifer Frenkil
Acquaintance
October 29, 2020
Rest well and enjoy your heavenly reward. Thank you for all of your inspiration and for making me smile in “The Little Mermaid” at Disney!
Amy Lee
Friend
October 29, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
October 29, 2020
I remember seeing Leanza on Entertainment Tonight many years ago as she was introduced as a formed Miss America and married cohost Mark Steines shortly thereafter. I was very saddened and somewhat grief stricken to read of her untimely passing. My sincere condolences to her former spouse and surviving loved ones. Rest in Peace, Leanza. The world as a sadder and lonelier place without you.
Wil Raymond
October 29, 2020
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to you for your loss. May God comfort you and help you through this most difficult time.
H B
Neighbor
October 29, 2020