Leona Draheim English
September 17, 1917 ~ June 26, 2009
Resided in: Marshall, NC
Leona Draheim English, 91, of Laurel Valley Road, Mars Hill, died peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2009, at her residence. A native of Marion, North Dakota, Mrs. English was the daughter of the late Leo A. and Cora Trapp Draheim. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Daniel English, who died in 1991. Mrs. English graduated from Mankato State Teachers College in Minnesota in 1937, and taught in a one-room schoolhouse before moving south. She was an active member of Abernethy United Methodist Church, where she was a former officer in the United Methodist Women. She was a choir member for 53 years and also Children and Youth Choir Director. Mrs. English is survived by her daughters, Linda Retzer and husband Larry E., Sylvia D. English, Gail E. Price and husband Carl, all of Mars Hill, and Karen E. Plyler and husband Richard, of Shelby, NC; grandchildren, Daniel and Matthew Retzer, Joshua Byerly, and Laurel Plyler; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral service for Mrs. English will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 at Abernethy United Methodist Church with the Revs. Linda Kelly and Anthony R. Sayer officiating. A private graveside service will take place at the English Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church sanctuary one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Abernethy United Methodist Church Music Ministry, 1418 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28806.