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Deceased Information

Betty Leonard
Hestia Hannah bat Harriet

Friday, September 21, 2012 (after sunset)

6 Tishri, 5773

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

1:30 PM


Emanu El Memorial Park (Houston TX)


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Betty Anne Miller Leonard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 19th 1932, She always had a song in her heart and a sense of humor that could turn any situation into laughter. She grew up in a musical home and at 17 she became an entertainer, singing and playing stand-up bass in jazz clubs with vibraphonist Harry Sheppard, who became her husband in 1950. They toured the world in 1953 for the USO shows with their band, Two Chimes and a Bell - traveling to Japan, Korea, Philippines, France, Germany and Italy. By 1954, they settled in New York where she and Harry continued playing jazz in night clubs as the Betty Sheppard Trio. Although she was tremendously talented and offered great opportunities, she turned them down out of loyalty to her trio, and in 1956 she gave up her music career to be a mother to daughters, Susan, Debbie, and eventually Sara in Roslyn, Long Island. Betty was a loving and nurturing mother, and had a vast following of people who thought of her as a second mother...the kind of mom everyone wished was their mom, and whose presence meant humor, laughter and fun. In 1985 her late husband, Stanley Leonard, who was the father of Joyce Gardner, Sara Henchock, and Gerry Leonard, relocated the family to Katy, Texas so that he could build commercial properties in Houston. Her heart was broken in 1985 when her eldest daughter, Susan, died of Cancer. Although she always carried Susie in her heart and often cried when talking about her, she carried on and lived a happy life in Katy, where she eventually made "Grandma's house" 'the best place in the world' for her grandchildren, Sonia, Matthew, Jordan, Sydney, and Dani, to spend time and also enjoyed working in the family bed store even after her husband passed away, which was when her beloved poodle, Teddy Tiddles, came into her life. She was a people person, and greeted everyone as dear, darling, sweetheart, or mummelah, and made everyone she came into contact with feel special. When Sara was married and became pregnant with her first child, Betty left the comfortable dwelling she'd known for 22 years and relocated to Georgia to be there when Sloane was born, and stuck around to get to be the loving bubbe of Spencer and Sage. There, in Hoschton, she found true bliss in her quiet little dollhouse with the love of her life, Teddy, and her loving community of friends who stopped by several times a day for good times, good food, card games, and giggles. Her sense of humor was so keen that even as she laid in the hospital bed with pneumonia on her final day on this planet, September 21st 2012, she was able to joke with her family and have them cracking up. Those who survived Betty will remember her fondly, and although she will be missed, her legacy lives on in her children and loved ones who will always cherish her love and devotion. Her funeral will be in Houston, Texas, the city where she lived for the longest stretch of her life and where her daughter Susan was laid to rest.

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The Dressler Family
May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.
Cea DaviesSep 30 2012 12:21 pm
Betty will be missed as a kind and gentle neighbor and friend.
Beth and Steven ZeffertSep 24 2012 10:38 am
Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
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