Ann Leonard Passes Away at 85


Ann Marie Elliott Leonard of Hermiston died on Nov. 23, 2019 in Hermiston at the age of 85.

She was born on Sept. 27, 1934 in Bozeman, Mont. to Jerry and Myrtle Bean Elliott.

Her family moved to Butte, Mont. when she was a small child, and then to Portland when she was in the fourth grade. Ann attended St. Francis of Assisi grade school and St. Mary’s Academy, where she graduated in 1952 as salutatorian. She attended Marylhurst College on a nursing scholarship for one semester.

Ann was united in marriage to John Myles Leonard on April 11, 1953 in Portland. She worked for several companies before the birth of their first child, when she stayed at home to care for their growing family. They continued to live in Portland until moving to Hermiston in 1996, where she had lived since.

Ann was a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping and hunting. Ann cherished time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Yvonne Breese (Tom), Potlatch, Idaho; son, Matthew “Matt” Leonard (Deanna), Hermiston; son-in-law, Dennis Dixon, Fall City; sisters, Helen Elliott, Garibaldi, Barbara Lester, Battleground, Wash., Dorothy Colombe, Dallas, Davia Elliott, Troutdale, Patricia Sanders, Troutdale and Carol Blanton, Portland; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John Leonard; daughter, Molly Cecilia Dixon; granddaughter, Elizabeth “Liz” Breese; her parents; brother, Joe Elliott; and sister, Rita Joan.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m.

Burial will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.