ASHTABULA — Leota Joyce Theriault, age 78, of Ashtabula, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly at her home Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2013.
Leota was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on Nov. 10, 1935, the daughter of William and Myrtle (Humphrey) Moore. She moved to Ashtabula in 1952, after marrying Raymond Theriault in Sault Ste Marie.
In her younger years, she was very much involved with volunteer work, serving as Brownie and Girl Scout leader, cooking in the Salvation Army soup kitchen, and cutting the men’s hair at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home. A talented baker and cook, she made the very best cabbage rolls and during Christmas time her home smelled of the delicious cookies she loved to share with her family and friends. She also enjoyed crocheting.
She worked diligently trying to cut corners on costs wherever she could. She baked bread and cooked meals that would stretch as far as they could. She sewed very well and made dresses not only for her daughters but for her nieces too. She began working for the Ashtabula City School System in 1987 working in the cafeteria and as a crossing guard and eventually became a bus aide. She retired at age 75 in 2011.
She was a member of the First Covenant Church, 3300 Carpenter Road, and she also attended the Church of Christ on West Ave. in Ashtabula. She was a member of VFW Post #943 and the Ashtabula Eagles Lodge #1463. She was currently serving as treasurer for the Friday Night Singles Club in Ashtabula.
Leota will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her infectious smile and laughter; and being the best mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt and friend.
Leota is survived by her loving daughters and their husbands, Arlene (Perry) Boal of Ashtabula and Ruth (Clarence) Ashley of New Lyme; her beloved grandchildren, Stephanie Boal, Brad and Samantha Hornbeck, and Rebecca (Jeff) Hayes; and precious great-grandchildren, Shane Shingler, Ethan Hayes, Seth Shingler, Natalie Myers and Elijah Hayes. Her 6th great-grandchild (Lillian Ruth Hayes) is due to be born this month. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Mason of Ashtabula; several nieces and nephews, some who thought of her as a second mother; and the father of her children, Raymond Theriault of Geneva Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Myrtle (Humphrey) Moore; brothers, Clayton, James, Robert and Kenneth; sisters, Ella Hall, Naomi Loadman and Alice Moore; nephew, James Moore; and niece, Janet Mason Frasure.
A Funeral Service will be held 7 p.m., TODAY, Friday, Dec. 6th, at DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, with the Rev. Bruce Wyand, Pastor of First Covenant Church of Ashtabula, and her nephew Major John Griner, of the Salvation Army, officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.
A Calling Hour will be observed from 6 until 7 p.m. TODAY, Friday, Dec. 6th, at the Funeral Home.
If desired, contributions in Leota’s name may be made to the Animal Protective League, 7950 Green Road Ashtabula, Ohio 44004, in honor of her beloved cat “Purr”.
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, is handling the arrangements. Obituary and condolences at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.