Addilene Leonard

Addilene Leonard

Friday, October 7th, 1921 Friday, January 10th, 2020

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Obituary for Addilene Mae Leonard (Edwards)

Addilene Edwards Leonard, age 98, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2020 due to cancer. She was born on October 7, 1921 as the 6th of nine children to Dalma and Bessie Edwards of Spring Hope, NC. On April 6, 1947 she married Q. Shelby Leonard, who was a great balance for her creative flair. He preceded her in death in 1988. They operated a decorator business in Louisburg for many years. Her means of Christian service was through her sewing machine. She traveled and mailed packages far and wide with everything from curtains to dresses to slipcovers to missions that could use her wares. Even into her nineties she could design and sew complicated slipcovers. She loved her extended family and her church friends.

Addilene is survived by her three children and their spouses: Connie and Jim Markham, Mike and Patricia Leonard, and Kim Caudill. She is survived by grandchildren and their spouses Jim and Kelly Markham, Taylor Cottrell, John Leonard, Mike and Karen Markham, Shelby and David Jones, Lara and Bryan Kincade, and 12 great grandchildren. Though she was the last surviving sibling in her large family, she is survived by two sisters-in-law, EllaJean Edwards and Barbara Perdue. Many nieces and nephews completed her large much loved family.

The funeral service is on January 18 at 11:00 AM at Maple Springs Baptist Church. Family can be greeted in between the service and the interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NC Baptist Children’s Homes via the Maple Springs church office.

The family especially appreciates the help of Diana Hernandez and Rosa Sixto for home care in the last year during recuperation from a fall.

Special thanks to Bunn Medical Clinic in recent years to help her understand health issues, to Margate H&R, to Caldwell Hospice, and to Maple Springs friends for so many kindnesses.

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  • Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Maple Springs Baptist Church
    1938 NC Hwy 56 E.
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    Saturday, January 18th, 2020
  • Interment

    Maple Springs Baptist Church Cemetery
    1982 NC 56 Hwy E.
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Karen Webb

What a sweet lady!
Comment | Posted at 10:00am via Condolence

Donna Dancy

Prayers for the family! Loved this lady! So sweet and talented!♥️🙏
Comment | Posted at 10:00am via Condolence

Kay-John Sims

I bought many drapes and a lot of carpet from her drapery shop many years ago!!❤️❤️
Comment | Posted at 10:00am via Condolence

Phyllis Averett

What a Blessing Mrs. Leonard was to this world. She mentored me as a seamstress and taught me the ins and outs of making exceptional window treatments. I have many very fond memories from my time spent with her. Mrs. Leonard inspired me to start my drapery business and would come by my shop to visit, see what we were making and offer encouragement for my venture. We are still going strong Mrs. Leonard, continuing your legacy in the drapery business. :) Forever Grateful for your guidance...
Phyllis Averett
Creedmoor Fabrics and Custom Interiors
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Cozette Spears

There was a time in my childhood when I felt like the Leonards were my second family. I often spent time at their house (and the shop) playing with Kim. Mrs. Leonard was always kind to me and she was very good friend to my mother. Love to all of the family.
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