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Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Garvin County, Oklahoma
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

© Stufflebean~Coffey Funeral Home
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
February 18, 2011

Leona Mae [Rush] Nalley

Leona Mae [Rush] Nalley, 78, of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma passed away of a heart attack in her home on February 18, 2011.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Raymond Nalley; daughter Patricia Nalley Dore, son-in-law James Dore, and granddaughter Amy Dore, all of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; grandson Gregory Dore, granddaughter-in-law Annie Dore and great-grandson Coen Dore of Oak Creek, Colorado. Sisters Norma DeShazo and Sue Elrod of Arkansas, and brothers Charles Rush of Arizona and Bill Rush of Texas also survive her.

Her parents, three sisters and one brother preceded her in death.

Leona was born February 28, 1932 to Connie Ishmel Rush and Ruby Mae Housley Rush in Kiowa, Oklahoma.

Raymond and Leona were married in McAlester, Oklahoma on August 30, 1946. Her family was already making plans for their 65th wedding celebration in August.

They moved to Pauls Valley in 1955 where they became integral members of the community. Leona worked for several local businesses throughout her life, including C.R. Anthony Company, Safeway, Red Bud Grocery, and Pauls Valley General Hospital. Leona and Raymond also built and owned three laundromats in Pauls Valley and Wynnewood.

Leona was a member of Beaty Baptist Church where she enjoyed time spent with the ladies in her Sunday School Bible study.

Leona was many things to many people; loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and loyal friend.

Her greatest attribute was the unconditional love she had for family. She was so proud of her grandchildren and her great-grandson Coen was the crowning glory for both Leona and Raymond.

The family talked to Leona and Raymond every evening on the telephone and each conversation ended with "I love you guys" from both parties.

Leona enjoyed cooking, sewing and even learned how to "video-chat" with her great-grandson. Leona and Raymond were known for making countless fried pies for the Relay For Life each year.

Leona set an example for her family by demonstrating kindness, Christianity, and doing for others. She complained little and praised often, even as she fought a five-year battle with lung cancer.

Our lives were better because of her and although our hearts are broken that she is no longer with us, we praise God for the many wonderful years we had with her.

A celebration of Leona's life will be held on Friday, February 25 at 11 a.m. at Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Pauls Valley.

Informal visitation for family and friends will be from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, February 24 at Stufflebean-Coffey.

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