Pamela Lou King Leonard of Thomasboro, Illinois, 63, passed away peacefully with family at her side at 5:34 am Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Presence Hospital in Champaign, IL.
She was born July 23, 1954 to Edwin and Helen King of Collison, IL. She graduated from Armstrong High School. She went on to college at Illinois State and Parkland College where she completed an Associate’s degree. She eventually found a job at Kraft where she found her soulmate and future husband, Andrew Leonard, whom she married August 23, 1980.
Together they helped raise 3 kids and had one more son while settling into their forever home in Thomasboro, Illinois. From there, she found a passion working with students as a teacher’s aide in Champaign for over 25 years. Pamela was a life-long learner who turned that trait into a career of instilling knowledge and providing unwavering support, relentless kindness, and positivity towards children until she retired.
Besides being an expert deviled egg and mashed potato maker, in her free time, Pam was an avid reader who also enjoyed puzzles, brainteasers, crosswords, word searches and all animals, especially dogs.
She is survived by her husband, Andrew Leonard and son Michael (Megan) Leonard of Champaign, IL. Other surviving children include; Lori Santicola, Wintersville, OH, Richard (Charlotte) Leonard , Gifford,IL, and Lisa (Deon) Mennenga , Rantoul, IL. Other surviving members are a granddaughter-Macy Santicola of Wintersville, OH; sister- Ruth King, Danville, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; Edwin and Helen King, siblings- Edwin King, Scott King, and granddaughter Kourtney Leonard.
Graveside service will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Collison Cemetery in Collison, Illinois with Pastor Sally Swaim officiating. Visitation will be held at 10am to 11am on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Blurton Funeral Home in Potomac, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Champaign Humane Society. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Pamela’s life. Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting page at www.blurtonfuneralhomes.com
She truly loved being of service to all those around her and provided happiness. She will now be able to do that in heaven.