Leota Twylah Heard Owens Willard, 79

Leota Twylah Heard (Owens) Willard, age 79, of McAlester, Okla., and formerly of Seymour, passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, at the Walnut Grove Living Center in McAlester, Okla.

She was born Friday, Oct. 25, 1940, in Purdy, one of 14 children born to Virgil Early Heard and Betty Jane (Haney) Heard.

She was raised in the Diggins and Seymour communities. She attended the Gentry Elementary School and graduated from Seymour High School with the class of 1958.

On Sept. 16, 1965, she was united in marriage to the Rev. Marvin “Bill” Owens. After Bill’s passing in 1988, she married Daryl Willard on Feb. 1, 1992.

Twylah was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Rev. Marvin “Bill” Owens; her siblings, Marie Cornelison, Floyd Heard, Hazel Heard, Mabel Steely, Loretta Bruton, Virgil Heard Jr., Mary Margaret Cummins and William “Jess” Heard; and a great-grandson, Matthew Zimbelman.

Surviving her are her daughters, Christi Rogers and husband Paul Jr. of Oklahoma, Lola Liddell and husband Rich of Oregon, Margaret Carlock of Illinois and Shelly Kerr of Illinois; a stepdaughter, Tammy Aswell and husband Warren of Kansas; a stepson, Tim Willard and wife Ameka of Missouri; her grandchildren, Jordan P. Rogers and wife Jordan D., Derek Cole and wife Natalie, Chase Carlock and wife Calah, Jared Kerr, Samuel Kerr, Micah Willard and wife Mariah, Nathan Aswell and wife Samantha, Jonathan Aswell and wife Sierra, Kasey Zimbelman and husband Zachary, Heather Hicks and husband Brian and Amber Lidell; and her siblings, Betty Jane Swearengin of Seymour, June Bennett of Neosho and Jerry L. Heard and wife Linda of Ozark.

She worked as a medical transcriptionist and was an excellent typist.

She and Bill pastored churches in Mayfield, Ky., Bagdad, Ariz., Poteau, Okla., and McAlester, Okla. They also traveled all over.

She enjoyed crochet and liked to browse and keep up with her family through Facebook. She was an accomplished pianist and also played the accordion and guitar.

Twylah will be forever missed by her large and loving family.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in the Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Seymour. Burial followed in the Gentry Cemetery of Diggins, under the direction of the funeral home.

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