Leona Leonard Washam of Monroe, known as Leah her entire life, was born December 22, 1957, to Evelyn and A.C. Washam and left this life to be with her Lord on April 2, 2016. She is survived by her mother, Evelyn Brantley Washam, of Farmerville, Louisiana; children Lily Claire Washam-Coggins and fiancé Jason Wedding, of Haslet, Texas, and Kerry D. Harrell and husband, Kevin, of Highland Village, Texas; her sister Jean Washam Hollis and husband, Steve, of Ruston, Louisiana; her niece Maridith Hollis and husband, Adam Bell, of Mobile, Alabama. She is pre-deceased by her daddy, A.C. Washam, her sister, R. Maxine Washam, loving and faithful childhood caregiver, Mrs. Clara Nyegaard.
Leah was in the first graduating class of Cedar Creek School in Ruston, Louisiana, and then attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, majoring in psychology, during which time she married William C. (Bill) Coggins, III. He also attended ULM after which they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. After two years, they returned to north Louisiana and settled in Rayville, where they resided when both daughters were born.
Even though she graduated from Cedar Creek, she loved her friends from Farmerville as well and considered it a privilege to be included in their activities. Her family would especially like to acknowledge her life-long friendships with Cindy Knight Johns of Monroe, Louisiana; Patti Long of Chicago, Illinois; Van Albritton of Monroe; Michael Gray of Monrovia, California; and her wonderful neighbor Linda Roan Crooks of Monroe.
She was known for her quick wit and sense of humor and could be the source of amusement for many hours. Being well-read and a movie buff, she could expound upon a number of topics. She particularly enjoyed all types of music and could name the artist of most any song that she heard. Leah absolutely adored her dogs and treated them like people. Having a vibrant personality, she never met a stranger and could talk for hours with just about anyone. To say Leah was a colorful character is an understatement; she truly embraced her individuality.
Leah loved her family and extended family, enjoying visits with her mother, children, niece, and remained in close touch with her cousins. She had a close relationship with both sisters: Maxine, being the great spoiler, and Jean, being the “one in charge.” After the children moved away, she and Jean had the pleasure of taking a number of trips to visit them.
Leah attended church services as a child at the Farmerville Church of Christ and had fond memories of her many friends and activities there. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 5, from 9:00am until 10:30am, with the funeral starting at 11:00am with both being held at the Farmerville Church of Christ at 306 East Franklin Street. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill-Taylor cemetery near Farmerville. Officiants will be Larry White and Jerry Keene, and congregational singing will be led by Jim Rhodes. Pallbearers will be Gary Aldridge, Bat Brantley, Kenny Brantley, Richie Brantley, Jerry Ginn, and Trent Ginn, all cousins. Honorary pallbearers are Bruce Brantley and Glen Brantley who are also cousins of Leah.
If desired, donations can be given to the Southern Christian Home, P.O. Box 649, Morrilton, Arkansas 72110-0649; the Farmerville Church of Christ, 306 East Franklin, Farmerville, Louisiana 71241; or the Northside Church of Christ, 1804 North Trenton Street, Ruston, Louisiana 71270.