On April 30 1944 Genevieve And Charles Lamont In spite of the enjoinment of their 4 sons “not to bring home a dame.” Gave birth to their 5th Child and their only girl Leona Madeline Lamont (She was named Leona after her mother’s sister who passed away at age two). Her older brothers, Charles (Cuck) Robert (Bob), Richard (Dick) and James (Jim) Lamont welcomed her home and grew to love her in spite of her being a dame.
She Grew up with a faithful family in the Catholic church. She learned faith and a deep and abiding Love of Jesus Christ and a willingness to serve him in her family. She attended Catholic school and had many funny stories about her time there with her brother Jim.
She grew up in Saginaw close to much of her family including her Aunts and Uncles and spent lots of time with her cousins including her cousin Pat whom she was close to until she passed away in a car accident.
When she graduated she attended college for a short time working on skills to be a dental hygienist. She worked for several dentists in Michigan. She Met Fredrick Sayers Doerr in Saginaw Michigan and in spite of his numerous pranks telling her he lived in a mansion, telling her, he was judging a submarine race for one of their dates and almost killing them by crashing a rented motorcycle he clearly didn’t know how to drive. She still chose to marry him on February 12th 1966.
On the 23 of November 1967 She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In her words this was the thing she was most grateful to Fred for in her life introducing her to the Church. She remained a faithful member of the Church for the rest of her life serving in various callings and responsibilities in the Church.
After marriage she lived in Michigan for several years until Fred got a job working at construction sites. This job caused them to move frequently for the next several years. They Left Michigan and moved to New York in late 1972. She was 4 months pregnant with their only Child Jared Doerr who was born in New York in 1973. Shortly thereafter they moved to Connecticut were in the New Haven Connecticut Ward, they found an increased spirituality and prepared to attend the Temple of the Lord. On the 29th of October 1976 Leona her husband Fred, and their Son Jared were sealed as an eternal family in the Washington DC Temple. This began a time in their life where she consistently attended the temple where they could traveling hundreds of miles at times to attend.
In 1978 the family moved to Pasadena Texas where they would live for the next 20 years. She lived in the Pasadena 1st Ward for much of their lives and then moved to a new home where they lived in the Pasadena 2nd Ward. During her time in Texas she served in many callings in the Church and built lifelong friendships all the wards and branches she served in.
She also worked much of her life for the Pasadena Independent School District. This career at the school district was the source of much of the family’s financial stability. At times she worked two jobs in the district doing attendance for one school while working as a secretary for night school at Pasadena High School. She retired from Mae Smythe Elementary School where she had been the secretary for many years.
Leona was a dedicated wife and mother. She sacrificed so much for the happiness and enjoyment of her family. She often went without things so that her family could have what would make them happy. Often without getting the recognition she deserved.
Leona’s house was always filled with friends and family. In Texas Jared’s friends were always welcome in the home often in large quantities. Rarely did a holiday meal go by without having someone who didn’t have a place to go spending Thanksgiving or Christmas at her table. She often gave presents to those who had less and loved to see the joy and happiness in the faces of those she touched.
In 1992 Leona and Fred were called to serve a special mission in South Houston. They were called to serve in the Sunnyside Branch. Which started with a handful of members meeting in someone’s home. The branch was made up primarily of African American members of the Church who had very recently joined the Church. She was responsible for putting together both the Relief Society and the Primary and getting the new members prepared to handle those responsibilities themselves. It was a very special time for her and a chance to serve the Lord in amazing ways. The families attending the branch (which eventually grew to be a full ward) were generally very poor and had little in the way of material possessions but were very strong in the spirit and blessed her as she served them with their humble love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
During her time in Texas she loved to travel. Often to Michigan to see her family but also had an opportunity to visit Hawaii, and go on a Cruise with friends. Both of which she really enjoyed.
After retirement Leona moved with Fred Back to Saginaw Michigan where they lived until Fred passed away in 2007 after 41 years of marriage. She continued to live there helping with the needs of her mother and mother in law until they too passed away.
In late 2019 she moved from Michigan to live with her son and his family in West Jordan Utah.
She passed away peacefully February 13, 2021 surrounded by her Son and Daughter in law, grandchildren, and what can only be described as numerous family members who passed before her.
She is survived by Her Son Jared Doerr (Tiffany), Her Grand Children Alexander (Elizabeth), Bryce, Logan, William, and Anson Doerr. Her Brother Robert Lamont (Edith). Also many Nieces and Nephews and extended family and friends (many of whom became family to her.)
She was reunited with many family and friends who passed before her including her husband Fredrick, parents Charles and Genevieve Lamont, Her brothers Charles, Richard and James as well as many others. Those in attendance at her passing can attest to the joyful reunion and the spirit present at her passing.
In passing she would want everyone to know. She loves Jesus Christ! She has been a servant and a disciple of Christ for all of her life. She knows the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she has had a strong testimony of the Priesthood of God, Living Prophets , Eternal Families, and the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ starting with the Prophet Joseph Smith.
She also had a great love for her country. She enjoyed decorating her home in Americana décor. She loved talking about constitutional politics and was passionate about keeping the country based on constitutional principles. She often talked about the need to keep the United States centered around God and Family and strongly believed in the sanctity of life. She in her younger years often was engaged in political discourse and activism to maintain the constitution and the founding principles.
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Time: Feb 18, 2021 03:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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