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Leota Domeny Brien

November 20, 1925 — September 10, 2012

Leota Domeny Brien

Leota Faye Domeny Brien, 86, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2012 at her home in Pawnee, Oklahoma. She was born on November 20, 1925 in Edmond, Oklahoma to Edward and Inez Crosby Ward. She attended school at Valley Grove and then Morrison High School. On April 6, 1945 she married Elmer Leroy Domeny, and he preceded her in death on January 10, 1982. They lived in the Watchorn area, and moved to a farm north of Pawnee in 1952. She loved to garden, can, fish, bowl, and travel. She also enjoyed piecing quilts and belonged to a country quilting club for years, and continued quilting throughout her lifetime. Elmer and Leota owned and operated Domeny Help Yourself Laundry in Pawnee for years, and then Leota went to work for Pawnee Bill Museum and was the first employee to retire from there after sixteen years with Earl Chapman as her boss. On September 10, 1983 Leota married James Brien, and he preceded her in death on March 31, 1996. She joined Project Heart, and planted flowers there with her twin sister, Leona and delivered meals to the shut-ins. She met her special friend Jeff Smith there, and they took care of cattle and made flower beds together. They also traveled until his death in 2008. After his death Leota moved back into town in 2009. Leota is survived by: Children:Gilbert Domeny, Savanah, Georgia Miriam Harrison & her husband, John, Cushing, Oklahoma Lila Cates & her husband, Malvin, Cushing, Oklahoma Roger Domeny & his wife, Doris, Pawnee, Oklahoma Valeria Portman, Durant, Oklahoma Sisters:Jean Banning, Pawnee, Oklahoma Leona LeForce, Pawnee, Oklahoma Son-in-law:Frank Reisch, Mesquite, Texas Sister-in-law:Joann Ward, Ponca City, Oklahoma Grandchildren:Laura Alsup & her husband, Roy, Balch Springs, Texas Elizabeth Price & her husband, Denver, Mesquite, Texas Jeff Cates & his wife, Bobbi, Stillwater, Oklahoma Randy Cates & his wife, Brenda, Pawnee, Oklahoma Ray Cates & his wife, Jen, Pawnee, Oklahoma Jennifer Stevens & her husband, Brent, Cushing, Oklahoma Jerry Cates & his wife, Trenda, Lake Plumas, California Patty Griesel & her husband, Sam, Pawnee, Oklahoma Dawn Hendrix, Glencoe, Oklahoma John Domeny, Glencoe, Oklahoma Lisa Kay, Warner Robins, Georgia Melanie Diehl, Macon, Georgia Cindy Ojeda & her husband, Ricky, Madill, Oklahoma Paula Smith & her husband, Ryan, Purcell, Oklahoma 26 Great Grandchildren 2 Great-Great Grandchildren Plus a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Besides her two husbands, Leota was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Inez Ward; Brothers, Tom, Bill, Keith, Joseph, Frank, Merle, Earl, and Clarence Ward; Sisters, Lucille, Juanita and Marcella; Son, Elmer Domeny, Jr; Daughter, Loretta Reisch; Son-in-law, Franklin Cates, and daughter-in-law Mary Domeny. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2012 at Poteet Funeral Chapel, Pawnee, Oklahoma, with Rev. Ray Moffeit officiating. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery, Pawnee, Oklahoma, under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee, Oklahoma.

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