Leona Ruth Forbis, 69, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 4:28 a.m. Monday, July 10, 2017, at her home.

Leona Ruth Forbis, 69, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 4:28 a.m. Monday, July 10, 2017, at her home. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Mo. Pastor Scott Hawes will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal.

Friends and family are invited to Leona’s life celebration at a visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Leona was born July 31, 1947, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Charles and Florence Maddux Dickerson.

She was married to William "Bill" Francis Forbis on Feb. 24, 1968, in Hannibal, Mo., at the Southside Baptist Church. He survives.

Other survivors include three children, Carrie Florence Bowers (Charlie) of Hannibal, Mo., Angela Jean Akridge (Lanny) of Hannibal, Mo., and Jay Forbis (Becky) of Hannibal, Mo.; three sisters, Lana Dixon (Dewayne) of Jefferson City, Mo., Lola Voepel (Keith) of Hannibal, Mo., and Linda Dickerson (Wayne) of Hannibal, Mo.; four grandchildren, Jake Bowers (Mindy), Jamey Smith (Josh), Jared Bates (Laikyn) and Jayden Forbis; and seven great-grandchildren, Gram Bowers, Travis Bowers, Alex Smith, Macy Bates, Jackson Smith, Jacob Smith and Jasper Smith; and two expectant great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one grandson, Justin Matthew Bates.

Leona worked as a Real Estate agent and a Avon salesperson for many years. In her off time, she enjoyed camping with her husband. They spent much time at Mark Twain Lake, but also all over Missouri as well as Yellowstone National Park.  Leona was very fond of mushroom hunting and time spent in the outdoors. She delighted in collecting antiques, especially Victorian dishes as well as tea sets, and yellow depression era glass. She loved flowers and her garden. Roses were one of her favorite flowers. Leona took pleasure in sewing, from needle point to crocheting, she did it all, including making clothing for her children and making her own curtains. She adored spending time with her family and loved cats and kittens.

She will always be remembered, by her family and friends, for her loyalty, her loving nature, for being ornery, for her great sense of humor and for her giving nature.   

She was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to James E. Cary Cancer Center.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Bowers, Jake Bowers, Jared Bates, Josh Smith, Mike Skeen and Eric Pahlman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Yogi White, Lanny Akridge, Adam Voepel, Andy Voepel, Brent Dixon, Travis Dixon and the deacons of Southside Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com