Iva Leona Woods was born March 9, 1936, in Torrence, California, to John Prince Willyard and Nokie Niawatha Roland Willyard. She died Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 86 years. Leona completed her secondary education in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and graduated with the Muskogee High School Class of 1954. She spent much of her working life as a business office manager with AT&T, formerly Southwestern Bell. She was a member of the Homemakers of America, Marlow Chapter, having served as Past President. She had also served as President of the Pioneer Club, which was a club within Southwestern Bell. She enjoyed a variety of pastimes including traveling, especially to Disneyworld, and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities.
Those she leaves behind who hold many cherished memories include:
Two sons; Mark Ferguson, of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Brett Ferguson and wife Joann, of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Grandchildren; Casey Ferguson and husband Jesse Drury
Great grandchildren; Wyatt Drury and Beckett Drury
Brother; Charles Willyard (Peggy), of Eufaula, Oklahoma
Tommy Willyard, of Owasso, Oklahoma
Sister; Kay Foreman and husband Jack, of Collinsville, Oklahoma
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim Woods, brothers, W.R. Woods and Ray Woods, sisters, Wanda Blakemore, Juanita Merritt, Sarah Brown, and Norman Ledesma, and daughter-in-law, Jamie Ferguson.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Mowery Funeral Service in Owasso. Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2022, at the Mowery Funeral Service Chapel in Owasso with Chaplain Randy Shaddox officiating. Committal service and interment will follow at Graceland Memorial Park Cemetery in Owasso. The family requests memorial contributions be made in Leona’s memory to Street Cats of Tulsa, 6520 East 60th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74145, or www.streetcatstulsa.org . Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.