Clay Evan “Cowboy Clay” Leonard

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Clay Evan “Cowboy Clay” Leonard

  • Birth 11 Apr 1997 Salinas, Monterey County, California, USA
  • Death 6 Dec 2001 Turlock, Stanislaus County, California, USA
  • Burial Hughson, Stanislaus County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 93733201

Clay Evan Leonard was the second child born to Curt and Jodie Leonard. He was diagnosed with cancer around his third Birthday. He left behind his Great Grandparents and Grandparents and many cousins and uncles and Aunts who loved him dearly. He fought the good fight, but when it was time to go, he surrendered and went home to be with Jesus at the young age of four-and-a-half years old.

If we could say one thing to you, it would be "Thank You." Our hearts are so full of gratitude for the many gifts that you left behind. Every gift is like a package that falls down out of heaven. They seem to arrive at the perfect time with a message straight from God. We like to call them signs, and we see them everywhere. You were the one who taught us how to recognize them in every day circumstances. We would not be able to see these gifts if it hadn't been for you. They prove to us that you are okay, and that God's tender hand covers our family. Those little gifts are what get us through each day.

God has revealed to us so many cherished treasures through your life and death. Those treasures will not be wasted;
we will use them to help others in honor of your life. We will always admire your courage and perseverance through such a difficult fight to stay alive, and your brave surrender when it was time to let go. Your character became more and more like God's the closer to heaven you got. It was a true glimpse into the face of our Father, and into heaven itself.

Your childlike faith has changed our lives. You fulfilled your purpose in four short years. Your purpose bagan the moment we first laid eyes on you, but it did not end with your last breath. It will carry on in each one of us who was forever changed by loving you. We may never know why you were taken home so early, but your life here has made a lasting impression on us.

Loving you and losing you caused our hearts to break into a million little pieces, but we wouldn't trade you for the world. you have taught us to love like we never loved before. We hold on to the hard lessons we've learned. God is using them to shape us. The greatest lesson we've learned is to always trust in God's faithfulness. And, we promise to fulfill our purpose like you did by sharing your story someday. We wish you didn't have to go through what you did, but your pain will not be wasted.

We can't wait to see you again. For now we will try to be who God has created us to be. We will take care of Sis and your new little sister that you named Lilly Faith, and your little brother.

Our life was forever changed by a four year old little cowboy - our Bubbarooski. You will always be loved by us and the rest of your family, and you will never be forgotten.


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  • Created by: Bethwriter7
  • Added: 16 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93733201
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clay Evan “Cowboy Clay” Leonard (11 Apr 1997–6 Dec 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93733201, citing Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson, Stanislaus County, California, USA ; Maintained by Bethwriter7 (contributor 47782890) .