Leona S. Broaddus


(April 9, 2005)

Leona Stout Lawson Broaddus, 78, died Saturday, April 9 at her home in Swissvale, Colo.

Leona Stout was born in Powell on June 16, 1926, third child of Calvin Russell and Bertha Viola (Norton) Stout. Her father was a regional supplier for Texaco, and her mother had grown up in the depot at Garland and worked as a telegrapher until after the birth of her second child. The family moved in 1940 to a ranch west of Cody, so Leona boarded with local families for the next two school years in order to attend Powell High School. She graduated from Sheridan High School in 1944, and became a railroad telegrapher, working up and down the Sheridan Division of what was then the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy RR until her marriage to James Lawson.

The family moved to Texas in 1951, where Mr. Lawson worked for Dow Chemical Company, and Leona reared three children and trained and worked as a nurse.

In the early 1970's, Leona moved to Colorado as owner and operator of Swissvale Manor. She met and married her second husband, D. Gene Broaddus, and became an expert on dolls, later owning a doll shop in Swissvale.

Leona S. Broaddus was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Monarch Shrine Club. Mrs. Broaddus enjoyed collecting dolls, traveling with her husband Gene, and being with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Survivors are her husband, Gene Broaddus of Swissvale; daughters Lynn Ann (Buster) Barnham of Alabama and Chiselle (Arnie) Curwick of Texas; son James Lawson, currently in Iraq; four stepsons; three stepdaughters; one sister, Ada Howard of Riverton; several nieces and nephews and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Angel of Shavano Hospice through Lewis and

Glenn Funeral Home in Salida, Colo., or the charity of their choice.