On Monday evening, May 31, 2021, Sylvia Laurette Wallis Leonard, 88, resident of Ripley, passed away peacefully in the comfort of home following an extended illness.
Funeral Services remembering the life of Ms. Leonard will be at 11 AM Thursday, June 3 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery near Ripley.
Ms. Leonard was born May 19, 1933 in Ripley, the youngest child of the late Coy and Ophelia Morgan Wallis. She received her education at Ripley High School and was employed as an administrative assistant in the Memphis area with companies that included, Kraft Foods Corporation and Stewart-Jackson Pharmaceuticals.
A faithful member of Ripley Primitive Baptist Church, Ms. Leonard will be remembered as a generous, hospitable lady who enjoyed opening her home to her cherished family and friends. She was known as an excellent cook and in earlier years, treasured the moments caring for her much loved grandchildren. A beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Ms. Leonard will be missed by all that had the opportunity to know and love her.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 3, 2021 from 10 AM to 11 AM at The Ripley Funeral Home.
Memories will continue to be shared by her daughters, Diana Bell (Steve) of Memphis, Darlene Ewing of Ripley and Tracey Tomlinson (Eddie) of Walnut, five grandchildren, Andrea Strevel (Joseph), Abigail Sacran (Louis), Stephen Ewing, Eric Ewing and Bella Morris, nine great grandchildren, a host of loving nieces, nephews, friends and her loyal pet canine, "Max".
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Billie Rowland and a brother, Hassell Wallis.
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