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Leola Lesueur Jennings

  • Birth 14 Dec 1903 Saint Johns, Apache County, Arizona, USA
  • Death 17 Jun 2005 Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
  • Memorial ID 97619555

The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona
June 21, 2005

Leola LeSueur Jennings 1903 - 2005

Three days before the Wright Brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk, Leola LeSUEUR JENNINGS was born to Anna ANDERSON LeSUEUR and James Warren LeSUEUR in St. Johns, Arizona.

The oldest of eight children, Leola was from the beginning to the end beautiful, poised, smart, talented, kind and industrious. Leola grew up in Mesa, Arizona, where her pioneer family was in the cotton and mercantile businesses.

She graduated from Tempe Normal School (ASU) where she obtained her teacher's certification. An able pianist, she taught music and penmanship-skills that she excelled in throughout her life.

In 1927, Leola married Renz L. JENNINGS, a young attorney from Taylor, Arizona. They had a loving marriage that lasted until his death in 1983. They enjoyed many things together but nothing quite as much as square dancing or whirling around a dance floor.

They worked together to improve their community and raise their four children, Julienne, Joyce, Elaine, and Renz D.

A lifelong Democrat, Leola helped on her husband's judicial and political campaigns and later baked and delivered her famous pecan pies to raise funds for her son's campaigns for the Legislature and Corporation Commission.

Leola had a passion for learning and took college classes into her 90s to keep her mind sharp. It worked! She spoke Spanish and traveled widely - to Europe, China, Japan, Mexico, South America, Russia and to her ancestral homelands in Sweden and France. On Leola's 100th birthday in 2003, she showed what clean living, eating your vegetables, having a good attitude, getting a good night's sleep and exercise can do, by touching her palms flat on the floor with her legs straight ... a feat she was able to do until near the end.

Leola was the epitome of grace, stamina, courage, and discipline. She was kind, generous and witty. She survived cancer twice, but not three times. She died at 101 peacefully at home with family and friends at her side.

Survivors include: son Renz; daughter Joyce JENNINGS; sister Margaret STEVERSON; daughter-in-law Dianna; grandchildren Melissa SHERLOCK, Allen MURDOCK, Jay MURDOCK, Kirsten WALSTEDT, Steven JOHNSON, Jennifer JOHNSON, Linda WILLIAMS; and twelve great-grandchildren. She was preceeded in death by her husband Renz L., daughters Julienne RUNNELS and Elaine JOHNSON, brothers James (Kay), Frank, Marlow LeSUEUR and sisters Nadine JOHNSON, Louise GAYLORD and Nellie Jo STAFFORD. Services at the Central Ward LDS Church at 2nd Street and Ashland, Phoenix.
The White Mountain Independent,
Show Low, Arizona ~ 06/21/2005

Leola LeSueur Jennings, 101, died Friday, June 17, 2005 peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family and friends.

She was born in St. Johns, three days before the Wright brothers first flight, Leola was the oldest of eight children of pioneer parents. Her family moved to Mesa and operated mercantile stores there after the turn of the century. Leola graduated from Tempe Normal School (ASU) and taught music and penmanship. She and her husband travelled the world. She never gave up on learning or good health-attending college into her 90's and exercising up until the day she died.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Honorable Renz L. Jennings (Superior Court Justice) of Taylor, Arizona, and daughters Elaine Johnson and Julienne Runnels.

She is survived by son Renz D. Jennings (Dianna), daughter Joyce Jennings, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at the LDS Church on Ashland Avenue, between 1st and 2nd Street in downtown Phoenix Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Leola Lesueur Jennings (14 Dec 1903–17 Jun 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97619555, ; Maintained by Trina (contributor 47086089) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.