Gail ( Jones) Leitzel
|Posted 2019-03-10 by mhenderson|
|Published in Today's News-Herald on Mar. 10, 2019 -|
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -
Lake Havasu City resident Gail Jones Leitzel passed away of
complications from pneumonia at the Kingman hospital on February 20,
2019. She was born Gail Bonter Jones on December 10, 1934, in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Jane Stetson and Charles Edward Jones.
Gail spent the first few years of her life in the mansion of her
great-grandfather, the Philadelphia hat-maker John B. Stetson. She met
and married Marvin R. Leitzel, an Air Force pilot, in Tampa, Florida,
in 1952. Their son, Marvin, Jr., was born in 1954, and their daughter,
Sharon, was born in 1956. After assignments at many bases around the
country, the family settled in Grass Valley, California, where Marvin,
Sr., by then a retired colonel, died in 1989. He was pre-deceased by
Marvin, Jr., in 1975. Gail established a home in Lake Havasu City in
Gail was well known for her lively presence and hospitality. She
raised dogs and horses and gardens, volunteered at many community
events, caught dozens of trout, cooked gourmet dishes, hosted many a
bridge tournament, and gave of her time as a ham radio operator. But
her favorite role was being a beloved grandmother for her last 34
years. Gail knew deeply Jesus' abiding and unfaltering love. She was
an active member of the Lamb of God Lutheran church, where her
memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Willis (Paul), and her two
grandchildren, Jonathan Willis and Hanna Cullen (Charley). Donations
in her memory may be made to the Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 2791
Inca Drive, Lake Havasu, AZ 86406. Thoughts and condolences can be
sent to Gail's family at www.mohavememorial.com. Services were placed
in the care of Mohave Memorial Lake Havasu Mortuary and Crematory.
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