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S: Leon Florence Waul July 22, 1919 - November 23, 2011

BC: For copies of an oral history of Leon F. Reames, written accounts by her father Harry L. Reames, or ancestry information please email drlaurel@gmail.com

1: She was a daughter and a sister

2: with humble beginnings in Homestead, Oklahoma... | Emma Graham Reames | Harry Lamonte Reames

3: Harry L. Reames, boy by mother, in front of sod house.

4: She was a student....

5: and a friend... | and the first woman in her family to graduate from college..

6: She was a wife...

7: and a mother...

10: She was a teacher and later a volunteer...

14: aaA grandmother.... | She was our mamaw....

16: and a great grandmother...

18: and we all loved her. | and we loved her.

19: 92nd Birthday | 91st Birthday | 90th Birthday | and we loved her.

22: We are gathered here this afternoon to honor the life of a most remarkable woman, Leon Waul, who was a beloved mother, grandmother, teacher and friend to many of us here today. To know Leon was to know strength of character and the powerful force of motherhood. She lived her life centered in her family, accepting each day as it appeared, each trial as a new task to be overcome. When we needed someone to talk to, she was always there for us---she had time for us when we didn’t have time for ourselves. She gave us safe harbor, consoled us, inspired us, encouraged us to strive ever higher and we became more than we would have been without her. Leon was born in Homestead in 1919, on the wind swept plains of north western Oklahoma and she knew she wanted more from life than she could find there and she knew her goal could only be achieved by education. So she became the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college and moved to the big city, Oklahoma City with her sisters, Ruth and Barbara Jo. She met and married Jess Waul Jr. in 1943 and soon was the mother of three children, Rebecca, Ronald and Phillip. Leon received her elementary teaching degree from the University of Oklahoma and began teaching to help support her family in a time when most women didn’t work. She taught at John Ross Elementary for twenty five years, influencing countless young minds to strive for the highest in life. When she retired she became a volunteer for South OKC Community Hospital, the Kirkpatrick Science Museum and Senior Services at Shepard Mall. She was Volunteer of the Year in 1993. It was when Leon was doing volunteer work that she met the irresistibly charming English gentleman, Herman Masters, and magically fell in love again at seventy-five. They enjoyed two wonderful years together before he passed on. Leon lived her life quietly and simply, finding joy with her family and her beloved little Pomeranian dog, Hermes. She loved watching OU football and always wore her red and white sweaters on game day. The lights in her life were her grandchildren, Phillip Lynn, Laurel, Birch, Gregory and Ashley and her great grandchildren: Ashley and Blair’s children, Jacob, Andrew and Abigail; Gregory and Lauria’s children, Emily and Hunter and Laurel and Sebastien’s daughters, Elise and Elodie. Her Grandchildren affectionately called her “Mamaw” and spent weekends playing under the tall trees in her backyard and exploring the creek that circled her house. They remember her sassy wit and the way she would be tickled by her own good-hearted orneriness. They remembered that she was always there for them anytime they came. One of her grandchildren, wrote this poem for her service today. My loved ones, I am not gone; I’m here with you right now. Open your hearts in this moment and know that I’ll be with you always; I am your Mother, your Mamaw, your teacher, your friend. Close your eyes and you will see me, quiet your thoughts and you will feel me. Listen and you will hear me---in the laughter of a grandchild, in a Neil Diamond song or in an old gospel hymn. You’ll remember me when you see an old rerun of The Tonight Show or a Sooner football game or maybe in a spoonful of cranberry sauce. Look and you will find me in the stillness of a quiet evening, or in the solitude beside a tree lined creek bed, or sipping ice tea on a hot summer day. Each of you, my sons, my daughter, my grandchildren, my family, my friends have shaped my life as I have shaped yours. Take solace in knowing that I’m always with you in your memories, in your plans for the future. But, most of all, I am with you in this very moment. I am with you always. Let us close this remembrance of our dearest Leon with the prayer she ended Sunday classes at her Methodist Church— May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

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