Leota Mae Fender was born December 23, 1921 in Ada, Oklahoma to William Jackson and Florence Leota (Walker) Brown. She passed from this life to be with the Lord on January 13, 2017 at the Stilwell Nursing Home at the age of 95 years and 20 days.
Leota was the oldest of ten children and helped raise at least three of her siblings in Arizona.
Leota and her husband, Henry Harold Fender, whom she knew all of her life, were married in 1939. They left for California in 1946 to work as farm laborers. Not long after arriving there Henry Harold began working as a well driller and continued that work until he retired in 1983.
She was very involved in the Assembly of God Church in Yuma, Arizona, often contributing with sewing and crocheting for underprivileged families.
Leota worked as a waitress and homemaker all of her life and raised her grandchildren, Dawn and Scott. She was currently a member of Guiding Light Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Jackson and Florence Leota (Walker) Brown; her husband, Henry Harold Fender; two sisters, Betty Brown and Barbara Brown; two brothers, J.W. Brown and Melvin Brown and one infant son, Isoma Bill Fender.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Jim Fender, of Stilwell; one sister, Wanda Brown, of Texas; two brothers, Doyle Brown, of Palm Springs, CA and Billy Joe Brown and wife, Bonnie, of California; two grandchildren, Scott Fender, Dawn Ford and husband, Ronnie, of Stilwell and cousin, Lois Wells and husband, Lloyd, of Sallisaw.