Leona M. “Lee” Harrington, 76, of Newark, DE passed away on December 10, 2017 after an extended illness.
Lee was born in Warren, PA to Gail and Myra Mead. She was a 1959 graduate of Warren Area High School, and lived in the Warren area for most of her early life. In 1978 she moved with her family to Corona, CA, followed by relocations over the next 25 years to Anaheim Hills, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; and Saint Marys, GA.
She is predeceased by her husband of 55 years John C. Harrington III, and her parents. She is survived by a son John (Rebecca) Harrington of Newark, DE; a daughter Lynn Harrington-Kay of Placentia, CA; a brother David (Karen) Mead of Fairview, PA; a sister Sue (David) Cobb of Greensburg, PA; six grandchildren Thomas, Connor and Luke Harrington; Allison, Kurtis, and Jeffrey Kay; and several nieces and nephews.
Lee worked at Warren National Bank (now PNC) after high school, where she first met her future husband John. She was a homemaker during her children’s early years, and also volunteered for the Warren Jayceettes, the Girl Scouts, and the March of Dimes preschool. It was her work with children that led her to start and operate Kids First Preschool. After moving to California, she was the office manager for the family business, Inland Manufacturing in Riverside, CA.
She loved music and had a wonderful voice. She sang in the A Cappella Choir in high school, and was vocalist for the George Johnson Orchestra at the Marconi Outing Club in Warren. In later years she sang in various church choirs. Leona loved reading, and instilled a love of reading in her family. Her home was always filled with books and magazines covering many subjects.
Leona’s greatest passion was her family and friends. She was a dedicated wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother, and was very involved in their lives, always remembering birthdays, graduations, and special achievements. She cherished hosting family for holidays and other occasions, preparing wonderful meals, decorating her home, and setting the tone for a wonderful time. “Mama Lee” will be deeply missed. She also leaves many friends across the communities where she lived, who will miss her thoughtfulness and warm smile.
The family is greatly appreciative of the care and support provided by the staff at Rockland Place and Vitas Hospice.