Mar 192014

Leona Alice Padelford Kehret, 98, of Snowflake, formerly of Austin, Minn., peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2014 in Snowflake. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 21, at the First United Methodist Church, 204 First Ave. NW in Austin, with a visitation one hour prior to services. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. A luncheon will follow the committal service at the church.
Leona was born in Austin to the late Cecil and Viola (Dugaw) Padelford on Nov. 21, 1915. As a child, she was very active in 4-H, having produced countless award winning beef and sheep. She continued to be involved until age 20.
She loved the outdoors and loved to hunt. An avid baker, she loved to cook and entertain.
Leona worked for Mildred’s Dress Shop in Austin for nearly 15 years.
She belonged to the Pleasantview Birthday Club in Austin, of which her mother, Viola, was a founding member over a century ago.
Following a brief illness in 2007, she moved to Pinetop to be closer to her son, Bernie. Following her short time in Pinetop, she moved to Snowflake, where she resided until her passing. 

Leona was a fun loving, kind and a devoted mother. Survivors include her son, Edward “Bernie” (Nancy) Kehret Jr. of Pinetop; three grandchildren, Edward Bernard “Ted” Kehret of Colorado Springs, Colo., Matthew Edward (Erica) Kehret of Tucson and Tamra Kay (Lance) Cullumber of Tucson; nine great-grandchildren, Makenna, Caleb, Kylie, Ethan, Emerson, Nicole, Josh, Jessica and Jake; one great-great-grandchild; and many, many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Kehret; her parents, Cecil Padelford and Viola (Ed) Padelford Jessen; her brother, Harold Padelford; and her sister, Vera Marie Padelford. 

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.Kehret, Leona