Leona Louisa Luschen passed away Jan. 11, 2022, in Oklahoma City at the age of 94. Leona was born to parents Melville and Ava Long on July 8, 1927, in Piedmont where she grew up and graduated as the Salutatorian in May of 1945. She met her spouse Delbert “Bud” Luschen, and they were married on August 8, 1948. They remained devoted to each other for the next 58 years. Together they raised three children whom they loved very much. Throughout Leona’s life, she was known for her involvement in the Yukon and Piedmont communities as a Rainbow Girl and a Grand Outer Observer, and a great contributor of the Piedmont Historical Society. Leona’s hard work ethic promoted her as a Manager at the Milton Bates Shoe Factory for over 30 years. Lovingly called “Ma” by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, her favorite past time was spending time with her family. Leona will be missed by all who knew her and loved her dearly.
Leona Louisa Luschen is preceded in death by her husband Delbert Luschen, parents Melville and Ava Long, and siblings Merle Long, Johnny Long, Nellie Morgan, Mae Reese, and Royce Long. Leona is survived by her children Nancy and husband Bennie Cheely, Sr., Neal and wife Pamela Luschen, and Dale and wife Kathy Luschen; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren; and many other nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary. Leona’s life will be remembered 2 p.m. Monday, January 17, 2022 at Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary with burial to follow at the Frisco Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary in Yukon.
Please consider donating in Leona’s honor in lieu of flowers to the Center of Family Love (635 Texas Ave, Okarche, OK 73762, (405) 263-4658), who lovingly took care of Leona’s brother Royce for many years.