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M. Jean Leakey

M. Jean Leakey, 94, of Wabash, IN, and with ties to Andrews, IN, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at 1:30 p.m., at her home.

Mrs. Leakey was a 1944 graduate of Andrews High School. She received her degree in nursing home administration from Indiana University. She and a few others built the Friendly Nursing Home on Quaker Street in Wabash in the early 1960s. She was medical assistant there, retiring after 24 years. She also gave tours with J.J. Tours for many years. She was a member of the Wabash Alliance Church, Wabash American Legion Auxiliary, and was the chairperson of Girls State and the Poppy Sales. She received the 2017 Health Care Hero Award from Wabash Parkview Hospital.   

She was born Sept. 15, 1926, in Andrews, to Farel and Erma Tribolet Flora. She married Dale E. Leakey on July 21, 1946, in Huntington. He preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 1991.

Survivors include three children, Mark (Carol) Leakey, of Seymour, Mona (Doug) Friedersdorf, of Wabash, and Marty (Robert) Casto, of Onalaska, TX; a sister, Jane Collins, of Huntington;
12 grandchildren, Troy (Jeni) Friedersdorf, of Fairmount, Jeff (Samantha) Friedersdorf, of Wabash, Dawn (Raymond) Nelson, of Marion, Vallerie (Mike) Sulivan, of Westfield, Natalie (Brandon) Harpe, of Seymour, Ashley (Robert) Ingles, of Chicago, IL, Greg (Kelley) Garlett, of Keller, TX, Stephanie (Shawn) Beaulieu and Christopher (Carrie) Gebhart, both of Argyle, TX, Bob (Kelly) Casto, of Humble, TX, and Mike (Kelly) Casto and Tammie Casto, both of Vancouver, WA; 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren,

 She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marsha Sue Leakey.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Memorials may be made to Life Center in Wabash or Downs Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee.

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