Leone Barnett, 99, of Cleveland, ND, died Monday, October 31, 2011 at Villa Maria in Fargo, ND.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with Reverend Deanna Reikow officiating. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9:30 am to the time of service on Wednesday at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan. Leone Estelle Moxley Barnett was born February 15, 1912 in Mercer County, ND, to Benjamin Harvey and Edith Clarice (Vrooman) Moxley. She grew up on a homestead on the Missouri River, now under Lake Sakakawea. Leone graduated from Parshall High School in 1931. On May 21, 1939 she married Vernon Valier Barnett in Halliday, ND. They made their home on the Barnett homestead in Mercer County, where they lived with their three children until 1954, when they moved to Mandan, ND, where Valier worked at the Standard Oil Refinery. In 1995 she moved to Cleveland, ND to live with her daughter, Edith.
Leone had an enthusiasm for life and a remarkable openness to trying new things. She loved reading, traveling, gardening, sewing, and knitting, and even began painting watercolors at 94 years old. She was proud of having lived to be “pret’ near a hundred”.
She is survived by her three children, Edith Hammond of Cleveland, ND, Melvin (Shirley) Barnett of Bismarck, ND, and Sharon (Jim) Geyer of Horace, ND; five grandchildren, Goldie Ingstad, Wendy (Greg) Leingang, Ward (Michele) Barnett, James (Josephine) Geyer, and Emily Geyer; five great grandchildren, Amanda Leingang, Ross (Deanna) Leingang, Brogan Ingstad, and Alisa and Ronan Barnett; nephews, Murray Clinton Moxley Jr. and Gary Perkins; nieces, Joyce (Elmer) Gustafson and Clarice (George) Way; 3 great nephews, 3 great nieces; 6 great grand nephews, 2 great grand nieces; 1 great great grand nephew; and 1 great great grand niece.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Valier in 1987; three brothers; two sisters; and her grandson, Andrew Geyer.