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LeazerJune 18, 1934 - Dec 20, 2012 EDMOND Gwendolyone "Joy" Leazer, age 78, after a lengthy illness, passed peacefully at home in Edmond, OK. Joy was born, one of six children, to Mark Everett and Carrie (Prosser) Keele in Crescent, OK. She married Edward "Russell" Leazer on December 17, 1954. They have five children: Lisa Thompson, of Edmond (husband Tim); Dell Van Leazer, of Piedmont (wife Joyce); Nathan Leazer, of Oklahoma City (wife Rhonda); Karrie Jo Terrell, of Edmond; and Amy Leazer, of Oklahoma City. Joy and Russell are proud of their 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Joy was a devout Christian, an avid Bible reader and was a member of Memorial Road Church of Christ. In 1972, Joy received her teaching certificate from Central State University, Edmond, OK, and began her teaching career in 1973 at Crescent Elementary, Crescent, OK. Joy was voted Crescent District Teacher of the Year for school year 1993-94. She retired in 1996. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Elsie Faulkner. She is survived by her husband, Russell; her five children, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and four of her siblings. The family would like to thank the staff of Companion Hospice for their compassionate care during Joy's illness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Companion Hospice of Edmond/Guthrie or University of Central Oklahoma - Old North Renovation Project (www.ucogiving.org). Memorial services will be held Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Road Church of Christ. Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, OK.

Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 27, 2012
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