Minnie Leona Rayfield, 89, resident of Leavenworth and a former longtime resident of Dryden died Wednesday March 1, 2017 at Mountain Meadows in Leavenworth. She was born on Sept. 17, 1927 to Lincoln and Ethel (Manning) Whaley at Sevier County Tennessee where she was raised and received her education. Leona married Amos Rayfield at Dalton, Georgia on Jan. 3, 1946 and they later moved to Leavenworth. In 1957, the couple moved to Dryden where they raised their family of three boys and a girl. Leona moved back to Tennessee and after 20 years, moved back to Leavenworth to be near her family. Leona was an avid seamstress and as a hobby enjoyed quilting, making many quilts for her children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to fish, garden, sing and cook especially pies. She also enjoyed bowling and softball. Leona’s greatest love was for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the time that she got to spend with them.
She is survived by her children, Wayne Rayfield of Leavenworth, Dennis (Sharon) Rayfield of Dryden, Sharon (Kenny) Gilmore of Colville Washington and Allen (Lori) Rayfield of Dryden; brother Earl Whaley of Leavenworth; grandchildren Margaret, Elizabeth, Tracy, Julie, Dawn, Ron, Eric, Breanna, Shannon and Madison 17 great-grandchildren she was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and three sisters.
A funeral service of commemoration to celebrate the life of Leona Rayfield will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Ward’s Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth. Visitation will be held on Friday March 10, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Ward’s Funeral Chapel. A private family burial will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery in Leavenworth.
The family of Leona Rayfield would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful people at Mountain Meadows for the exceptional care that was given to Leona.
Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth is in charge of the arrangements.