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Leanna Borders

Leanna Borders, beloved wife of the late Kenneth W. Borders, peacefully departed this earthly life Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at her daughter’s home in Rogersville, Mo. Leanna was 82 years and 5 months wise.
One of six children, Leanna was born on Aug. 7, 1932, in Ava, Mo., to Charles Putnam and Sarah Columbus (Bragg) Putnam. She was raised in Ava and was a graduate of the Ava High School Class of 1950. Leanna continued her education by attending Draughon Business College. On May 19, 1951, she married Kenneth Wilburn Borders and to this union three children were born. The Borders’ raised their family in the Seymour-Ava area. Kenneth and Leanna shared 46 wonderful years of marriage until his passing on Dec. 26, 1997.
Family was first in Leanna’s life and that same devotion continued with her grandchildren. They were very much a part of her life and she treasured spending all the time she could with them. She liked music and playing the piano. Quilting and collecting glassware were also hobbies she enjoyed in her spare time. Many years ago, one job she took outside the home was with the Webster County Citizen. Leanna attended Harmony Free Will Baptist Church and Gentry Church. She was also a member of the Logan-Rogersville Ladies’ Club.
In addition to her parents, Leanna was preceded in death by husband, Kenneth W. Borders; three sisters, Juanita Rogers, Faye Kidd, and Marie Arbuthnot; and brother, Herbert Putnam.
Leanna leaves behind her children: son, Mike Borders and wife Debbie, of Seymour, daughter, Cheryl Raybuck and husband Larry, of Rogersville, and daughter, Sandy Jackson of Rogersville; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; brother, Don Putnam of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; mother-in-law, Opal Borders of Seymour; sister-in-law, Geraldine Lee of Rochester Hills, Mich.; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, dear friends and neighbors.
Leanna Borders was a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother, and a caring sister, aunt and friend. She was a kind spirit and her life was rich with love of family. Leanna set a beautiful example for her children and grandchildren. She created a lifetime of memories and moments that will be cherished in the hearts of family and friends forever. Leanna will be so deeply missed by family and friends and all those who came to know her.