Theresa L. Leathers, age 66, died Wednesday July 25, 2012 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan, Kansas.
She was born on July 18, 1946 in Clay Center, Kansas the daughter of Marvin and Leora (Schleuder) Gepner. Theresa earned her Bachelors degree in Home Economics from Kansas State University. She was a homemaker, middle school teacher and later enjoyed working at Country Gift Shop in Manhattan, Kansas.
Theresa had a ministry of hospitality, encouragement, and welcoming people into her home. She was also well known as an excellent cook and baker with two cookbooks to her credit. Being with her family and friends was always very special to her, especially when she traveled to see them and explored new places. Theresa was very involved with AGLOW, a Christian Women’s organization where she served for many years as an officer and a leader in their jail outreach program. She was also an active member of the Manhattan First Assembly of God. Most of all, Theresa cherished her relationship with Jesus Christ and encouraged others in the faith.
Preceding her in death was her father, a brother: Stanley Gepner and a
sister: Debra Kelso.
Survivors include her daughter: Ronda Olson and husband Lt. Col. Marc Thor Olson of Shreveport, LA; 2 sons: Ryan Leathers and wife Johana Leathers Rodriquez of Costa Rica and Rustin Leathers and wife Stacy of Chicago, IL; 2
grandchildren: Kivan and Rachel Leathers of Costa Rica; her mother: Leora Gepner of McPherson, KS; 3 brothers: Steve Gepner of McPherson, KS, Jeff Gepner of Superior, NE and Randy Gepner of McPherson, KS; 4 sisters: Carol Price of Vero Beach, FL, Karen Kagle of McPherson, KS, Deanna Toland of Clinton, OK and Cynthia Power of Marquette, KS. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday July 28, 2012 at the First Assembly of God Church of Manhattan with Pastor Ed Walker and Barbara Laflin co-officiating. Graveside Services will be at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday July 28, 2012 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia, Kansas.
Memorial contributions may be made to AGLOW in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
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