Alice Elizabeth Leonard

Friends of Alice Leonard, 106 (who left this world July 14) are invited to celebrate her life at a memorial service and reception on Saturday September 17th at 10 AM at Plymouth Congregational Church located at 925 Vermont  Street.

Alice Elizabeth Leonard died peacefully on the afternoon of July 14th, 2022, at Neuvant House Assisted Living Facility in Lawrence, KS. She was 106 years old. Alice, an only child, was born in Carnegie, Oklahoma on April 1st, 1916. When she was two, the family moved to Lawrence where her paternal grandparents had a big farm. Her father, Wesley Smith, worked as a barber and her mother, Ola, worked as a seam-stress.

Alice attended Quincy Grade School (at 11th & Massachusetts), Lawrence Junior High School (then at 9th and Kentucky). She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School at 1400 Massachusetts Street in 1933. She went on to Kansas University, receiving a BA in biology in 1937. In 1939, she added a Master’s degree with a dissertation on parasites in rabbits. While at KU she fell in love with her zoology teacher, A. Byron Leonard. They married in 1939. In 1941, they moved into a two-story frame house on Louisiana Street, where their three sons were born.

Alice was a talented artist creating fine jewelry and many paintings, as well as quilts and crocheted pieces. She also liked collecting things and had extensive col-lections of dolls, teddy bears and souvenirs from her many world travels. Alice loved music and was a great fan of Elvis Presley, visiting Graceland twice. She and her husband often went dancing at local clubs. She continued dancing until she was 104!–every Thursday night at the American Legion when the Junkyard Jazz swing band played.

Alice’s husband died in 1987. Her youngest son, Steve, died in 2006. She is survived by two sons (Byron Leonard and David Yunuba), three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for sometime in September.