Leona Mae <I>Shrider</I> Grissom

Leona Mae Shrider Grissom

Death 11 Mar 2006 (aged 97)
Burial Casey, Clark County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 28273058 · View Source
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Casey Reporter March 12, 2006

Leona Mae Shrider Grissom left the bonds of this earth on Saturday, March 11. 2006. She was born January 24, 1909 in Oilfield, Illinois, the daughter of Levi and Etta Blanche McCurdy Shrider. Levi and Blanche and Leona's older sister, Dorothy, came to Illinois along with Levi's parents, William and Pheobe Spurlin Shrider, and three of his siblings, Charlie, Ellen and Erma, late 1907. They traveled from Lima, Ohio by horse and wagon, bringing with them the family's oil drilling equipment, to participate in the Oil Boom that had hit this area.

As a young girl, Leona received Christ as her Savior and was baptized at the Casey Christian Church. She graduated from Casey High School in 1927. Leona and Noble Neal Grissom were married August 1, 1928 in Toledo, Illinois. Eleven children were born to this union. Noble preceded her in death in 1968.

She went to work at the Ettlebrick Shoe Factory in Casey in 1949 when the youngest of their children started school. She retired in 1974 after 25 years of loyal service.

As one can imagine with such a large household, she was an exemplary homemaker, and accomplished seamstress and an excellent cook. Her banana pudding and cinnamon rolls remain unmatched by anyone. After her retirement from the shoe factory she learned to do ceramics and to paint and spent many years enjoying both anc creating ceramics and paintings for her family. She was also an avid reader in her later years. Leona's life was spent in total devotion to her family. Until her health deteriorated in the Fall of last year her top priority for things to do was to send birthday cards to each and every child, grandchild, great grandchild and great great grandchild. With the children's cards containing a dollar bill. This was something she always had on her mind and never failed to do.

Her family was the joy of her life and she was the joy of theirs. She was a tower of strength, a port of safety in all of life's battles and storms that came their way. Her children count it a great blessing to have been able to return a small portion of her unconditional love and devotion by caring for these past few years.

Preceding her in death besides her husband and parents were: her brother, James Sylvester; her sister, Dorothy, an infant daughter, Etta Mae; and infant son, Maurice Ray; and four great grandchildren: Megan Paul, Christopher McCullough and Caleb and Jordan Hunsaker. And one great great grandchild,

Leona is survived by her children: Dorothy Jeanne and husband, Harvey Ring of Westfield, Juanita McBride of Westfield, Tom Grissom of Casey, June McCullough of Casey, Richard and wife, Joanne Grissom of Charleston, Shirley Field of Joliet, Kay and husband, Jim Hunsaker of Hidalgo, Elizabeth Richards of Robinson, and Evelyn and husband, Bill Roan of Hidalgo. Also surviving are 25 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren.

Leona was a very loving and caring woman .. and we are all very thankful to the Lord for having her in our lives .. as our mother and the grandmother of our children and grandchildren.

Services will be at the Markwell Funeral Home in Casey Thursday, March 16 at 2 P.M. with Brother Bill Roan officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 15, 4 to 7 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Casey Cumberland Cemetery.


Leona Mae Shrider Grissom was my wonderful mother.

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  • Created by: Elizabeth Novak
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 28273058
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leona Mae Shrider Grissom (24 Jan 1909–11 Mar 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28273058, citing Casey Cumberland Cemetery, Casey, Clark County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Novak (contributor 47024498) .