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Leo Abney, 90 years old, was born May 6, 1927 in Stratford, Oklahoma. After an extended battle with Alzheimer Dementia, he passed away June 12, 2017 at the Norman Veteran's Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
He attended school in Stratford and married Mignon Clark before entering the Army. A son was born to the couple during his WWII service to the country. Six years later he married Wanetta Reynolds. A son and daughter were born during this union.
Twelve years later, he met his soul mate, a single mother of three little girls, Sue Maupin. He fell in love (in his words) with a beautiful, long-legged woman and her daughters, then aged five, four, and two. They were married in 1961 and settled in California, where they were blessed with the addition of a baby boy to their family.
He worked as a restaurant equipment service technician before opening a service station to provide for his extended family. He was a generous, loving man who was helpful to others. Many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and cousins lived with the family during their time in California and later in Oklahoma.
In 1975, the family moved back to Stratford, Oklahoma to enter business with two service stations on opposite ends of Highway 19. His sons, Rick and Timothy, learned the business while they managed one and he managed the other. He also attended the Assembly of God Church.
In 1995, Leo and Sue retired to Pauls Valley to enjoy the community, and fellowship of the members of Higher Ground Church where he became a prayer warrior. He was also involved in church activities such as the car repair outreach program, Bible Study, visiting the infirmed and elderly, and anything that could be a blessing to others.
In addition to his church work, music was a big part of his life - Sue and he often sang solos and specials at the church in Stratford.
Leo strongly believed that his faith in God would guide him to heaven and was very grateful for being blessed with a wonderful family and great friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jesse and Jewell Abney; his wife of 55 years, Sue Abney; his sisters Lorene Frantz and Pauline Skaggs; his brother Louie Abney; his sons Gerald, Ricky and Timothy Abney; and his daughter Sherry Abney.
He is survived by daughters Cynthia Mauldin, Rosalie Foxx, and Alisa Abney; along with nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Even in death, he was generous and caring by donating his body to medical research to help others afflicted by Alzheimer Dementia.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Norman Veteran's Center.
A family ceremony will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Stratford Senior Citizens Center followed by a visit to the Abney Family Cemetery.
Published on June 27, 2017
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