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Mrs. Leah C. Kenworthy, 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 13, 2008 at her residence.
She was born May 26, 1917, to Russell and Goldie McFarland Harlan in Randolph County, Indiana. She was a 1935 graduate of Winchester High School and worked briefly for the telephone company in Winchester. She was united in marriage to Donald E. Kenworthy in 1939. Their marriage was blessed with six sons and spanned 25 years before his death on July 30, 1964. Mrs. Kenworthy was a homemaker and worked 18 years in the high school cafeteria of the Northeastern Wayne Schools, retiring in 1983. She was a member of the Fountain City Wesleyan Church with 68 years of attendance, serving as a Sunday school teacher and as Treasurer for 25 years. She was a 10-year member of the Fountain City Senior Center. She enjoyed cooking and family gatherings.
Mrs. Kenworthy will be missed by her six sons and five and daughters-in-law, Chuck and Elayne Kenworthy, Gas City, Indiana; Larry and Sonia Kenworthy, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Darrell and Carol Kenworthy and Brian Kenworthy, all of Tucson, Arizona; Clay and Bonnie Kenworthy and Benny and Mindy Kenworthy, all of Richmond, Indiana; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, her brother and sister-in-law, Ivan and Dianna Harlan, of Union City, Indiana and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Kenworthy was preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, one granddaughter, one sister and four brothers.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Pastor Keith Vincent at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, at the Fountain City Wesleyan Church, 5600 US 27 North, Richmond, with visitation from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the church. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Fountain City Wesleyan Church Building Fund, 5600 US 27 North, Richmond, Indiana 47374.
Please accept our condolences for the passing of your dear mother.
Jan and Jane(Retter)Keener
Jan D. Keener Jan 16 2008 12:00 AM
I was very sorry to read about your mom in the paper. My prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.
Janet Barnett Jan 16 2008 12:00 AM
Benny, Mindy, and family: So sorry to hear about Leah. She was a great lady. I have fond memories of sitting in her living room for one of the beginning HOME groups. Thoughts are with you at this time.
Debbie Weadick Jan 16 2008 12:00 AM
Dear Benny and family,
I was sadden to hear of your Mother's death. However, we both know she is in a better place and free of pain. Having said that, though she will be missed greatly. As Ruth Anderson told me after my Mother's death, when we loose a prayer warrior we feel the loss. Your Mother was a great lady and will be missed by many, many people. Will hold you close in prayer. Sorry I won't be able to see you in person as we are "snowbirding" in Avon Park Florida.
Idris Smith Jan 15 2008 12:00 AM
Brian - I was sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I lost my father Larry 3 years ago and still miss him. All the best to you and your family. Betsy Nocton
Betsy Nocton Jan 15 2008 12:00 AM
I am sorry for the loss of your dear mom. I have such fond memories of Leah as my Sunday school teacher back in the 60's at Fountain City Wesleyan. There is no truer example to me of pure and genuine Christian love than what I experienced in those years of feeling loved and cared for by such a sweet and kind lady. I have to say, I can't think of her without thinking of cloves. I can't imagine my grandkids thinking it was a real treat to be sitting in church and be given a clove to chew on, but that single act to me made me think Leah was the most wonderful woman in the world. What an amazing example of God's love. I am sure she is in heaven now and that we will see her again one day.
I loved her so.
Norma (Sexton) Smyth Jan 15 2008 12:00 AM
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Debbie and Jim Strickland Jan 15 2008 12:00 AM
Darrell and family, I was so sorry to get your email about your Mother's passing. My family just recently went through the death of my father, a sister in law and then my husband's brother passed on the same day as your Mother.
My mother, Dorothy Smith, thought a lot of your mom. She said that she was a very sweet lady. I know that she will be missed. God bless you all.
Charlotte & John Ferguson Jan 15 2008 12:00 AM
Our conolences to the family. may you find comfort in knowing aunt leah to be in heaven looking down and knowing she lived a good life. john&cindy halstead
John Halstead Jan 15 2008 12:00 AM
Brian and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mother I remember her well and what a wonderful woman she was, she raised a very good family and I know she will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy.
Nancy (Green) Toler Jan 15 2008 12:00 AM