Leona Mae Krause


(May 12, 2004)

Memorial services for Leona Mae Krause, 86, who died May 12 in Colorado Springs, Colo., are planned for Wednesday, June 2 at 11 a.m. at Union Presbyterian Church in Powell. She died peacefully at the Pikes Peak Care Center where she had moved a month before to be near her family.

Prior to that, she resided at The Heartland in Powell. She battled Parkinson's Disease for several years and was active in the Big Horn Basin Support Group.

She was born in Powell on Aug. 31, 1917, to Harry and Lola Fulton and graduated from Powell High School in 1935. In 1938, after graduating from Billings Business College, she and her high school sweetheart, John Krause, were married. She was a mother and housewife for nearly 50 years in the O'Donnell community and was the president of the O'Donnell Extension Club many times. Leona was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church where she served as Elder and Deacon and a member of the Jackson Circle. She was known for her hospitality and the way she cared for friends and family. She was a member of Chapter P of PEO, Powell Hospital Board, Fine Arts Club, EPASC and a volunteer at the Homesteader Museum.

She enjoyed golf, fishing, playing bridge and raising beautiful flowers. In the 1980s, she attended a floral design school in Denver and worked part-time for some of Powell's florists. Leona liked to travel and she traveled to many places of interest in the United States and Europe. Survivors include three sons, Jerry (Judi) and Jim (Lisa) from Denver and Ken (Sherry) from Colorado Springs; a daughter, Sharon Nitz (Ted) from Pullman, Wash.; her sister Aubyn Morse (Hal) from Grand Junction, Colo.; her brother, Allan Fulton (Maxine) from Denver; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

For those who wish, donations may be made either to the John and Leona Krause Scholarship at Northwest College Foundation in Powell or to the Big Horn Basin Parkinson's Support Group, in care of Barbara Hansen, 951 Road 22, Powell.