The Daily Star
---- — Leona I. Stevens
FRANKLIN — Leona I. Stevens, 89, of Franklin, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the M.I. Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
Leona was born on Aug. 5, 1923, in Franklin, the daughter of the late William and Rose (Smith) Walley. She married Harold Stevens.
Leona worked as a housekeeper for M.I. Bassett Hospital for 22 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of the Charlotteville Baptist Church.
She loved farming and caring for her many animals, but most of all, she cherished the special times with her family.
Leona is survived by her husband of 44 years, Harold Stevens of Franklin; her children, Harvey (Mary Sue) Banks of Schenevus, Clifford (Janice) Banks of Schenevus, Ezelda Burrell of Oneonta, Ford (Jeannie) Banks of Davenport, Louis (Margaret) Banks of Cooperstown, John (Margaret) Banks of New Lisbon and LaVerne (Paula) Morrell of Franklin. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her son, Roger Banks; and her daughter, Mary Banks; as well as two brothers; and three sisters.
There will be no calling hours or services at this time.
Contributions in Leona’s name may be made to the Bassett Medical Center, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326 for the SCU.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the website www.bennettfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.