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 Lois Joan <I>Sapp</I> Leon

Lois Joan Sapp Leon

New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 7 Jan 2017 (aged 78)
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
Burial Dover, Kent County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 175485561 · View Source
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Lois Joan (Sapp) León went Home to be with her Lord on Saturday, January 7, 2017. During her final hours, she was lovingly surrounded by her two children and their spouses. Joan, daughter of the late William L. and Violet R. Sapp, was born in 1938 in New Brunswick, NJ. Raised in Cranbury, NJ, Joan graduated from New Brunswick High School, in 1956, where she was a proud member of the glee club. She went on to eventually work at American Airlines in the Reservations Department, worked direct sales for a number of companies, and served as a tech in Walmart pharmacy. It was during her time at American Airlines that she married SSG Ernesto A. León, USAF, Ret. Together they have two children, Douglas and MaryJoan. She was a resident of Manhattan, NY, Killeen, TX, Piscataway, NJ, and Smyrna, DE, respectively, where she settled with her children to care for her aging parents. Her greatest joys and accomplishments were raising her children and loving her Lord. Joan trusted Jesus Christ as her Saviour in January of 1974. In every church she attended, she was active in music, missions and children’s ministries. She would frequently lend her talents as an artist to create displays for various church events, including murals for children to color and signs for Vacation Bible School. She enjoyed passing on her love of art to children in church and made it a part of piquing their interests in learning from God’s Word. Appreciating all of God’s creatures great and small, she possessed a knack for finding the beauty in everything and everyone around her and helping others to see it too. Throughout her long battle with cancer, her primary goal and focus was having a pleasing Christian testimony that would bring honor to God.

Joan León is preceded in death by her parents, William L. Sapp Sr. and Violet R. Sapp, and older brother, William L. Sapp Jr. She leaves behind her son Douglas W. León with wife, Adina, and grandchildren, Joshua, Micah, Noah, and Abigail: her daughter MaryJoan Cowan with husband, Nolen, and their children, Jayda, Julia, Jenna, Jazlyn, Jiliana, Jordyn, and Jeremiah: her nephew Keith N. Sapp with wife Martha and great nephews Tyler and Dylan: her niece Karen J. Sapp and great niece, Alison Kelly with husband Don and great-great nephew Waylon: and her nephew William L. Sapp III and great niece, Kaela Moriarty.

Their family would like to extend grateful thanks to the many doctors and staff members at Smyrna Christiana Care, Eden Hill Medical Center of Dover, DE, Fox Chase Cancer Center of Philadelphia, PA, Florida Cancer Specialists of Gainesville, FL, North Florida Regional Medical Center of Gainesville, FL, and especially Haven Hospice of Gainesville, FL for their excellent care.

Viewing Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 3-5 pm, Celebration of life Service Monday, Janaury 16, 2017 11 am at Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Avenue. Rev. Timothy Hadley of Calvary Baptist Church, Clayton, DE 19938 will officiate the services.

of Burial to follow in her family plot at Lakeside Cemetery, Dover, DE

Flowers may be sent to Pippin Funeral Home or donations made to Purrfect Haven Cat Rescue, Dover DE.

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  • Added: 18 Jan 2017
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lois Joan Sapp Leon (2 Mar 1938–7 Jan 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175485561, citing Lakeside Cemetery, Dover, Kent County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Lisa B. (contributor 48753264) .