Sadie Leonard

Sadie Esther Leonard (Davis)

Saturday, December 12th, 1936 - Sunday, June 14th, 2020
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Sadie Esther (Davis) Leonard of Benton Harbor, Michigan passed away quietly on June 14, 2020 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland in Royalton Township, MI. She fought the ravages of cancer until she was finally called home by her Heavenly Father.

Sadie was born on December 12, 1936 to Walter and Sara Davis in Louisville, KY where she grew up and attended Central High School. After graduation she attended Kentucky State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, with a minor in English. She later earned a Master’s Degree in education from Michigan State University. Sadie married her husband Arnold on June 4, 1960, moved to Covert, MI and later to Benton Harbor, MI where they raised their three children Leslie, James and Kevin with whom she had very close relationships. Sadie and Arnold were married for 60 years.

Sadie began her career in education in the Covert Public School System as a Physical Education teacher and pioneered its Physical Education curriculum. She continued her career as an educator in the Benton Harbor Area Schools System as an English teacher at Benton Harbor Junior High School and Fairplain Junior High School before she retired.

Sadie was a long-time member at Union Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was a member and president of its Senior Choir. She was a charter member of the Senior Club, and a member of the Lay Organization. Sadie was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Iota Iota Omega Chapter where she achieved Silver Member status. Sadie was also a devoted and loving member of the Strong Women of Faith Breast Cancer Support Group and was an active member of the Voices of Praise Survivor Choir.

Sadie was fun-loving and good humored. She was direct, determined and loving. Sadie’s legacy will live on through her family and the many people whose lives she touched during her 83 years.

Sadie was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Sara Davis, brother William Davis Sr., sister Viola Spencer, and nephew Donald Smith.

Sadie is survived by her husband Arnold Leonard; her beloved children, Leslie (Sharon), James (Darlene), and Kevin (Celes); wonderful grandsons, Marsalis, Quincy and Carter; nephews William Davis Jr., Marc Smith and Timothy Smith; nieces Shelya Smith and Linda Jackson.

The wake will take place at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles, Road, St. Joseph, MI on Thursday-June 25, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday-June 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. If you attend your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to wear a mask, sign the guest book and practice social distancing.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 25th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, June 25th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, June 26th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 26th, 2020 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Georgia Ann Moss

Posted at 03:35pm
2 Corinthians 5:8”Absent from the body and present with the Lord” Our beloved “Ivy Beyond the Wall” Georgia Ann Moss, Muskegon, MI.

The Robinson Family

Posted at 03:29pm
We sending our prayers and Love to the friend and family. If you need anything feeling to call
We understand what you are going through. Mrs. Leonard was a beautiful wife , mom and My mom friend. We love you all . Please said hello to Leslie and Kevin. Love you all Pastor Carol Robinson Williams

Betty Oatsvall

Posted at 07:47pm
Mike and I send our condolences, and deepest sympathies on the passing of Sadie, . Although I will miss her smile, the chats we had over the fence, and the coffee/tea we sometimes shared I know I will see her again in Heaven. You will not be forgotten.

Mike and Betty Oatsvall

Richard Nash

Posted at 01:23pm
The Nash Family send its' deepest condolences during this time of your loss. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

James and Cherry Ann Nash, sons Jeffery, Richard, Chris and Kirk.

Donna J Lippert

Posted at 08:15am
Sadie was a very nice and caring lady. I knew her from the credit union that I used to work for. Rest in Peace. Prayers to the family.

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