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Lela Lillian HARRELL b. 25 Jan 1908 -----, Mitchell Co., Georgia d. 5 Oct 2011 Panama City, Bay Co., Florida*: Wade Prater Genealogy Online
 
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Lela Lillian HARRELL

Female 1908 - 2011  (103 years)


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  • Name Lela Lillian HARRELL 
    Born 25 Jan 1908  -----, Mitchell Co., Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Oct 2011  Panama City, Bay Co., Florida* Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I45644  Main
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2020 

    Father John Bassett HARRELL,   b. 9 Feb 1845, -----, Decatur Co., Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1927, Montgomery, Montgomery Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Mary Anna “Mollie” STEPHENS,   b. 25 Sep 1866, Madison Co., Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1947, Fitzpatrick, Bullock Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Family ID F14539  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ferdinand Franklin “Rube” LEISSNER,   b. 22 Oct 1898, -----, Dewitt Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1982, -----, Tarrant Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1973  -----, Tom Green Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F30591  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lela Lillian (Harrell) Leissner (1908-2011)

      Lela Lillian Harrell Leissner died on Oct. 5, 2011, at St. Andrews Bay Skilled Nursing Facility in the presence of her three "Angels in Disguise" India Belisle, Paula Pettit and Bernidene DeWitt. Lela was born Jan. 25, 1908 in Mitchell County, Ga., to John Bassett Harrell and Mary Anna Stephens. She had eleven siblings, all of which preceded her in death except one sister, Elizabeth Harrell Carrigan, who passed away on Oct. 8, 2011 in Montgomery, Ala., at the age of 105.

      Lela was a retired Civil Service switchboard operator. She was transferred from Maxwell AFB, Ala. to Goodfellow AFB, Texas where she met the "love of her life", F.F. (Rube) Leissner, a teacher and football coach. They had 10 years together. When he died, she moved back to Montgomery, but soon moved to Panama City to be near family. She joined Northside Baptist Church and Homemakers Sunday School Class. She loved people. Her prayer each day was to help someone else. She loved Wal-Mart on 23rd Street so much that she went everyday. She was made honorary Wal-Mart Associate. She loved her birthdays. After making a comment to friend, India Belisle that she had never had a birthday party, India made sure that Miss Lela had a birthday party from her 90th to her 103rd. Lela loved the Lord and she loved life and lived it to the fullest, still driving at the age of 101.

      Lela was a true Daughter of the Confederacy. Survivors include a niece, Allison (Orin) Goocher, Montgomery, Ala., great nephew Mark (Sally) Rosser and great niece Paula Rosser Fryou.

      Many thanks to the 3rd wing Nursing Staff at St Andrews Bay Skilled Nursing Facility and to Emerald Coast Hospice.

      A memorial service to celebrate Lela's life will be held at the Young at Heart Meeting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 20, 2011, at Northside Baptist Church

      In lieu of flowers, Lela would appreciate any memorials be made to Northside Baptist Church Stained Glass Windows Fund or Emerald Coast Hospice. Wilson Funeral Home, Family Owned Since 1911, 214 Airport Road, Panama City, Fla., 850-785-5272.

      The NewsHerald.com, Panama City, Panama.