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Marla Mae (Jolly) LeonardNovember 8, 1941 ~ March 8, 2017 (age 75)
Surrounded by her family, Marla Mae (Jolly) Leonard, 75, of Sun River, Montana, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Great Falls, Montana. Her death resulted from complications of a stroke. Cremation has taken place at Croxford Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Simms High School gymnasium May 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Marla was born November 8, 1941, in Long Beach, California to Phyllis & Benjamin Jolly; but raised by Phyllis & Clifford Gerry.
She married Alvin Weekly and had two sons. She later married K.C. Leonard and they had four children together. The clan of eight ultimately ended up in Sun River, Montana.
Everyone knew Marla as a “Hard Working Woman”. She loved to cook for family and friends and whoever was fortunate enough to stop by the house. For a time, she cooked for the Sun River Truck Stop Café. She was a school bus driver for the Valley for over 20 years. In addition to her family devotion, Marla finally recognized that her “TRUE” passions were her farming and ranching operations; she especially loved her cows.
Grandma Marla had a special place for her grandkids and great grandkids. You could ask any of them and they would have a great story to tell about their Grandma.
As her family grew, she loved spending time with them hunting, fishing and anything to do with the great outdoors. The last 16 years were spent with her special companion Robert (Bud) Sevalstad.
She is survived by her daughters, Kelly Jo (Robert) Peebles of Choteau, Brenda K. Ludwig (partner Clint Nelson) of Sun River; sons, Kevin J. (Vanessa) Weekly of Wyoming, Ronald K. (Wendie) Leonard of Sun River and Cliff L. (Jamie) Leonard of Great Falls; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters, Pat Cline of Great Falls and Berneil (Ron) Shaw of Arizona.
She was preceded in death by parents, Clifford and Phyllis Gerry; husband, Keelin C. (KC); son, David E. (Mel) Weekly.
Marla was a friend to all, always willing to lend a hand with any task! She in turn made many lasting friendships throughout her life. She will be dearly missed.
Memorials are suggested to: Sun River Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 49, Sun River MT 59483.