Leah Verona Burnside, 86, of Kincheloe passed away gently into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, January 6, 2019, surrounded by her loving family and under the compassionate care of NCF at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.
On May 31, 1932 Leah blessed the lives of her parents, Thomas Wilfred and Edna Hazel Drepperd Hardy, when she was born in Miami, FL.
Leah treasured her time spent with her two daughters: Karen Hayhurst and husband, Jay, of Jane Lew, and Dawna Mussad and husband, Emir, Fairfax, VA; five grandchildren: Stacey and Aaron Hayhurst, Sarah Weaver and husband, Michael, and Isaiah and Nevaeh Hayhurst; one great grandchild on-the-way, Elijah Owen Weaver; her caregiver and close friend, Stephanie Gower and husband, Joe, of Buckhannon; sister-in-law, Corinne Hardy of Wesley Chapel, FL; nephews, Mark Hardy and wife, Stephanie, of Tampa, FL and Kurt Hardy and wife, Melissa, of Wesley Chapel, FL; great-nieces: Reganne and Peighton Hardy; great-nephews: William and Jackson Hardy; and several nieces and nephews that were close to her heart.
Her parents, two brothers: Thomas and Cecil “Mark” Hardy; her dear friend and Chihuahua, Lefty; previous husband and friend, Gene Burnside; and brother and sister-in-law, Junior and Joan Lough preceded Leah in death.
After graduating from Washington Irving High School, Leah worked for People’s Life Insurance. Once she was married, Leah became a mother who dedicated her life to caring for her family and farm. She very much enjoyed working outside in her garden, baling hay, filling her bird feeders or caring for her animals. She also enjoyed watching WVU Football. When her daughters were young, the house would be full of the sound of Mom’s records while she played Elvis, The Beatles, Shirley Temple or gospel songs.
As she got older, Leah liked to relax in the company of Lefty while watching the birds, especially the humming birds. After a fall, Leah spent time living with her daughter, Karen, and son-in-law, Jay. In the two years that she lived with and was cared for by Stephanie, Leah became very attached to Stephanie’s dog, Cash, and cat, Whiney, whom she loved to play with.
Leah’s faith was extremely important to her. She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and though she didn’t want to leave her family, Leah was looking forward to going home.
Leah’s request for cremation has been honored and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, located at Cr-35 / Kincheloe Run in Kincheloe on April 6, 2019.
The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Leah Verona Burnside. Online condolences may be expressed at www.PatBoyleFuneralHome.com.