The funeral for Marilyn Greene Leonard will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Revs. Anne Russell Bradley Tony Proctor officiating.
Burial will in the Morgan Chapel Cemetery in Sturgis with the Rev. Ron McDougald officiating.
Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbus.
Mrs. Leonard, of Columbus, died on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Marilyn was born in Gulfport on August 12, 1951 to the late Mr. and Mrs. James Robert and Mary Alice Morgan Greene.
Marilyn grew up in Little Rock, Ark. and later graduated from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
She then earned a master’s degree in speech pathology from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.
While she was earning her higher degree, Marilyn met and married Mark Hampton Leonard, with whom she would spend the final 32 years of her life.For more than 30 years, Marilyn served in the Columbus and Lowndes County school systems as a speech pathologist.
During the final year of her life she worked in the Pickens County, Ala. School System. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Mark; her children, Charlsie Leonard, Will Leonard, Wade and Ginny Leonard and her grandson Mark L. Leonard all of Columbus.
She also leaves behind her older brother Terry (Sally) Greene of Little Rock, Ark.; her uncle Mr. William (Ann) Greene of Starkville; and her aunt Mrs. Charlsie Bixler of Sturgis.
The duties of pallbearer will be served by Judge David Wilson of Louisville; Senator Terry Brown, Jim Nowicki, and Fred Hayslett, all of Columbus; Ronnie Montford of Tallahassee, Fla.; Scott Greene of Little Rock;, Ark and Chuck Morgan and Ed Morgan, both of Atlanta, Ga. The family wishes to recognize honorary pallbearers as follows: the New Hope Elementary School staff; the speech teachers of Pickens County, Ala.; the WW Social Club and all the friends and family who helped care for Marilyn during her final days.
Memorials in Marilyn’s name may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 32, Columbus, MS 39703 or to the American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213.
Memorial Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of arrangements.