Obituary of Leona Toliver

Leona Mae Toliver, age 95 formerly of Arizona, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 at the family home in Maryville, TN. 

Leona was a dedicated member of 1st Country Church of Surprise, Arizona and along with her husband helped plant, build, and repair several churches throughout her life. She loved to cook for her family, friends, and church camps. She was retired as a cafeteria manager in the school system after many years of service.

Leona was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Toliver; daughter, Roseanna Jo Toliver; and six brothers and sisters. 

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, William A. and Mary Toliver of Cottonwood, AZ; daughters and son-in-law, Janie and Walt Souder of Maryville, Frances Toliver of Maryville, and Dorothy Toliver of Phoenix, AZ; Grandchildren, Diana Delorenzo, Angel Toliver, Ethan and Laura Souder, Jeannine and Alex Brown, and Caleb Souder; nine great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; sister, Lorene McKinney of Bartlesville, OK; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.

A celebration of Leona’s life will be held at a later date.

Private burial will be in U. S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott, KS.

Memorial donations may be made in Leona’s name to the Annie Armstrong Missions Program c/o Forest Hill Baptist Church, 1850 Forest Hill Rd., Maryville, TN 37803. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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