ELM SPRINGS | Leona Irene Mooney Fields was born March 7, 1925, in Henrietta, OK, to Floyd A. and Margaret (Byard) Mooney. As a young child her family moved to Borger, TX, and lived there until moving to the community of Kelton, TX, where she attended grade school and graduated from Kelton High School in 1942. On Sept. 23, 1944, she married Mooris Fields at Pampa, TX, shortly before his departure to the army during World War II. After his honorable discharge, they farmed in Gageby, TX. In 1946, they moved to Panhandle, TX, and farmed there until moving to Elm Springs, SD, in 1958 to farm and ranch. She lived there until April 2017, when she entered The Victorian Assisted Living in Rapid City.
Leona was a member of the Union Center Baptist Church, serving on different committees over the years.
She took great interest and pride in their farmstead; spending many hours working in her yard, growing petunias every summer, and keeping fences and buildings painted to perfection.
Leona passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Hospice House in Rapid City.
She is survived by two sons, Wayne, Loveland, CO, and Lynn (Sandy), Elm Springs; a daughter, Gayla (Bob) Parker, Lodgepole; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, LaNelle Mooney of Boise, ID; a brother, Eudell Mooney of Kentucky; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mooris in 1997; her parents; sisters, Louise Worley, Leola Mooney, and Luvene Larsen; and brothers, Olin, Eugene, and Winifred Mooney, and a baby brother in infancy.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. March 14, at Union Center Baptist Church. Burial will be at Bear Butte Cemetery Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Enning and Elm Springs Fire Departments.
Condolences may be sent at kinkadefunerals.com.