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Leona Jo Hearon

Leona Jo Russell Hearon, a lifelong resident of Paducah, went home to be with the Lord on July 1, 2020.  She was 93.

Jo was born December 4, 1926 to Arthur Russell and Ruth Osborne Russell.  The youngest of three daughters, she was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Francis Thomasson and Eris (Sissie) Pryor Farmer.

On October 2, 1946, Jo married her high school sweetheart, Arnold Hearon, the love of her life.  They were married for 67 years until his death in 2013. Their union was blessed with two daughters, Stephanie Hearon Benefiel (Mike), who preceded her mother in death, and Pamela Hearon Hodges (Dick).  Jo is also survived by four grandchildren, Amy Sietsma (Jonathan), Lori Joiner (Chad), Grant Benefiel (Jennifer), Heather Blackston (Andrew Pickell), two step-grandchildren, Michelle Hodges (Bob Manning, fiancé) and Nathan Hodges (Misty), and eleven great-grandchildren.

Outdoors was Jo’s favorite place to be.  She enjoyed years of houseboating on Kentucky Lake on their boat the Foolish Pleasure, camping, playing golf, and traveling.  She and Arnold were avid square dancers and UK Wildcat basketball fans, but nothing drew a smile from her faster than a dog within petting distance.

A private graveside service will be held for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the McCracken County Humane Society, 4000 Coleman Road, Paducah, KY 42001.  Keeling & Goodman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

-- Obituary Submitted by Family


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Family & Friends of Jo Hearon,
May every consolation and blessing be granted to each of you.
My condolences and sincere sympathy.
David 'Herb' Estes

David 'Herb' Estes Jul 8 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you, Marsha. No matter how long we have them, losing a parent is never easy. Your condolences are appreciated.

Pam Hodges Jul 7 2020 12:00 AM

Thanks so much, Linda.

Pam Hodges Jul 7 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you, Denise..

Pam Hodges Jul 7 2020 12:00 AM

Thanks so much, Dianna.

Pam Hodges Jul 7 2020 12:00 AM

Pam, before I even saw the name, I sure knew from the picture that this had to be your mother. You girls both are so like her. Theres nothing like a mother, and when they live as long as yours and mine did, we get to thinking they will be with us forever. I will be praying for you and for Heather and your family in the days to come. It was so good to see you at Stephanies homegoing and just wanted to let you know that you are being thought about. God Bless you. Marsha

Marsha Jul 6 2020 12:00 AM

Pam, I'm so sorry for your loss. Jo was a beautiful lady, inside and out. May your memories of her heal your heart. Blessings to you and all your family at this sad time. Linda

Linda Swift Reeder Jul 5 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Leona Hearon

Linda Swift Reeder Jul 5 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Leona Hearon

DIANNA REED Jul 4 2020 12:00 AM

SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. PAM, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND IN MY PRAYERS..

DIANNA REED Jul 4 2020 12:00 AM

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