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Deborah Ann "Debbie" (Sutter-Dunn) Leonard

Born: Tue., Feb. 15, 1955
Died: Sun., Jan. 29, 2017


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 01, 2017
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Feb. 02, 2017
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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Florence - Deborah Ann Leonard, 61, passed away January 29, 2017, at home in Florence, after a short fought battle with cancer. Debbie was born February 15, 1955, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Mother, Patty Sutter-Dunn, Polk City, Iowa. Her life growing up was difficult, and when she was a teenager she lost her Mother. This led to her and her two brothers spending time between several relatives’ homes. As her family, we feel that those experiences helped shape why Debbie chose to become the loving and affectionate wife, mother and friend that we all knew. She graduated from Polk City High School, Iowa, which is also where she had met Sheldon, her sweetheart and husband of 44 years. They married on September 8th, 1973. Soon after they were married they moved their young family to the Bitterroot Valley, Montana, the place they always considered home. After living in the Bitterroot she was able to extend her family even more when she became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Debbie loved and flourished being a mother, and especially a grandmother to her 12 grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling with her family when they were young, especially to the Grand Canyon and Mt. Rushmore and after the children had left them “empty-nested,” she and Sheldon continued to travel, visiting their now grown children and their growing families all over the States. She had a full heart and an open home where you could always find an afternoon snack, and was like a Mother to many of her own children’s friends. She enjoyed hosting theme dinner parties, hunting and fishing, Krispy Kreme donuts, and serving in various callings in the LDS church. Her positive outlook, ability to forgive, kind smile and that remarkably wonderful laugh are just a few of the things that we will cherish, but mostly, her love. Her devotion to her family was evident, but shone through when most needed -- in the hard times. When Sheldon was sick and needed a liver transplant, the roles reversed, and while Debbie continued her role as wife and Mother she then became a caregiver and the “breadwinner.” Her hard work at holding their family together during a tremendous storm gave light to what love really means. Through it all, their love and bond grew stronger`. When roles once again reversed, the devotion never changed. She still worried. Sheldon would tend to her this time, though, hands locked in love until the end. Theirs is a story of true love, faith and abundance – always knowing that tomorrow has the possibility of something more beautiful. The following link is to one of her favorite stories, we ask that everyone take the time to read it. Debbie will have a fork with her. http://www.frtommylane.com/stories/next_life/keep_the_fork.htm She was the proud mother of Patricia (Chris) Valdez, Ogden, Utah; Daniel (Julie) Leonard, Marionville, PA; Brian (Holly) Leonard, Helena, MT; Elva (Radley) Clark, Helena, MT; Albert (Sheni) Leonard, Florence, MT. Grandkids: (Daniel): Myles, Dylann, Ellee, Mattrick, Glenn (Brian): Clayton, Tegan, (Elva): Kyle, Peytan, (Albert): Hazel, Kale and Jewelletta. She is survived by her husband Sheldon, her five children, her 12 grandchildren, her brother Jesse Dunn and several aunts and uncles throughout the Midwest. Please join the family for a viewing at Whitsitt’s Funeral Home on Wednesday February 1st from 7pm – 9m. Funeral services will be held at the Stevensville LDS Stake Center on Thursday February 2nd at 11am with a luncheon to follow. Burial at Graveside at Victor Cemetery – family event.

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Tricia Leonard Valdez
   Posted Mon January 30, 2017
Please note the funeral home has misprinted the dates of the visitation and service.

Please join the family for a viewing at Whitsitt’s Funeral Home on Wednesday February 1st from 7pm – 9m. Funeral services will be held at the Stevensville LDS Stake Center on Thursday February 2nd at 11am with a luncheon to follow.

Thank you.

The Leonard Family

Jeff Foster Sr.
   Posted Tue January 31, 2017
So sorry to hear about your loss Shelly. Sending prayers and our deep condolences to you and your family. God bless you all.

Lori Garding
   Posted Tue January 31, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy be with you all, my prayers be with you. Lori

Jed Bichsel and family
   Posted Tue January 31, 2017
Sheldon and family. We are sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cassandra Broad
   Posted Tue January 31, 2017

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Friends of Dan, Julie .

Dan - Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. You have become who you are because of the strong woman she was and for that we all can be grateful. Sending hugs, prayers and deepest sympathies. Deb and Cassie

Boni Rasmussen
   Posted Tue January 31, 2017
I am so sorry for your family. What a loving lady she was. I am so glad to have known her and all of her children.

Carola Mielke
   Posted Tue January 31, 2017
My most sincere thoughts and prayers to the Leonard family. Debbie always was such a beacon of love and hope. There is no doubt in my mind she will be missed, but you all rest assured she is still with you and keeping very close track of your trials and tribulations.

Linda Babcock
   Posted Tue January 31, 2017
Sending love and many hugs to you and your family, Tricia. She was a very important part of all your lives and will be sorely missed. I'm happy there are so many great memories to help you along in this grieving process.

Linda Babcock

Bonnie Cordry
   Posted Tue January 31, 2017
Debbie will always be w/me in heart & soul. She is my Angle & I love her very much. She was kind, thoughtful & much more than words can describe. We always kept in touch & I loved being w/her, Sheldon & their family. Sheldon & Debbie have a wonderful family too.
Love to all of you. RIP Debbie.

Aunt Bonnie

Lavonna cordry
   Posted Tue January 31, 2017

MIXED FRUIT BASKET was sent by Aunt Bonnie.

. Love to all - Aunt Bonnie

Dennis Kaltenheuser
   Posted Tue January 31, 2017
Very sorry for your loss Sheldon. She was always nice to everyone. I'm sure you've had a great life together and have a fine family. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts.

Jane Speed Sexton
   Posted Tue January 31, 2017
Sheldon and family my prayers and thoughts are with you.

   Posted Wed February 01, 2017
Dear Sheldon and family,
Our hearts are hurting for you all. Debbie was such a wonderful person and friend.
She will be sorely missed. Please know the Class of 1973 are all praying for you.
Susan (Osterhoudt) Pritchard

Danny & Kris Chambers
   Posted Wed February 01, 2017
We are so so sorry to hear of Debbie's passing. What a shock! We have many fond memories with Debbie and Shelly. You are all in our prayers!

Cheryl Olson Hoeg
   Posted Sat February 04, 2017
So sorry to hear about Debbie. Prayers going out for you and your family.

Linda Helldorfer
   Posted Sun July 09, 2017
We do not know each other, but I wanted to express my condolences to you all. I am from New York and lost my husband to cancer in December, and he was only 61 also. Deborah died on January 29, and that is my birthday. My husband loved Montana, and when we were going to retire he wanted to spend half the year in Montana. He subscribed to the Bitterroot Star, so in flipping through tons of paper I am going through my eye caught Deborah's story, and I just wanted to let you know that I can appreciate what you are going through. I am trying to find her favorite story about the fork. Take care, and God bless you all.

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