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Jeannette Leonard Tibbels

February 5, 1918 ~ January 20, 2018 (age 99)
Jeannette Leonard Tibbels, 99, of Russellville, passed peacefully at her home on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The daughter of John White and Jessie Paul Leonard,
she was born February 5, 1918 in Russellville.

She was the Salutatorian of the Russellville High School class of 1936 and a 1938 graduate of Arkansas Polytechnic College, now Arkansas Tech University, and graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1940 where she was a member of Pi-Beta-Phi Sorority and later received the "Golden Arrow".

She and William O. Tibbels were married on October 20, 1940 in Russellville where they made their home and were co-owners of Leonard's Hardware Store when it was located at North Commerce Avenue. Her greatest accomplishment was being a devoted wife and caring mother to her 3 daughters and being a loving grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend to many.

She was an avid fan of the Russellville Cyclone Football and Baseball Team, the Arkansas Razorbacks, and was a founding member of the Old Town Historic Neighborhood Association.

She was a Past President and member for over fifty years of the Russellville Culture Club and a member of the Russellville Country Club. Jeannette was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church, and received the lifetime membership award of the United Methodist Women, charter of member of Circle One and attended the Lucy-Clark Sunday School Class.

She was preceded in death by parents; husband, William O. Tibbels; sister, Marguerite Leonard Gibson; and brother, John Paul Leonard.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Jess Tibbels, Jeannie Tibbels Smith,
And Paula Tibbels Parker (Jim), all of Russellville; three grandchildren, Jami Smith Mullen (Jim), Russellville, Jim Smith & fiancee Rebecca Hurst, Fayetteville,
Jodi Parker Strasner (Scott) Conway; five great grandchildren, Mitchell and Michael Mullen, Russellville, Griffin and Jackson Smith, and their mother, Courtney Meisner Smith of Fayetteville, and Sophie Strasner, Conway.

Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at First
United Methodist Chapel. Rev. Gail Brooks and Jim Smith will officiate. The
family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.
Interment will be private at Oakland Cemetery in Russellville under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to Manna House, c/o First United Methodist Church, 304
South Commerce, Russellville, AR 72801 or Age to Age, c/o The Wesley
Foundation, 1111 North El Paso Ave, Russellville, AR 72801.

The family wishes to express special appreciation for Jeannette's caregivers,
Wanda, Tammy, Barbara, Penny, Ladelle and Delores.

Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at

Memorial Service

JAN 23. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

First United Methodist Church

304 S. Commerce

Russellville, AR, US


JAN 23. 3:00 PM

First United Methodist Church

304 S. Commerce

Russellville, AR, US

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