Mildred Leonard

Mildred (Parrett) Leonard
1916 – 2016 Obituary


Mildred Parrett Leonard was born on July 27, 1916, on the Parrett family farm near South Salem, Ohio, the only child of Lillian Estelle (Porterfeild) Parrett and Edgar Wilson Parrett.

Mildred’s parents were with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (then called the Indian Service) and moved from reservation to reservation around the United States. They lived in Santa Fe, Shawnee, Okla., Busby, Mont., and Fort Bidwell, Calif. In 1930, when Mildred was 14, the family moved to the Four Corners region, where she spent the rest of her life. She attended schools throughout the family’s travels.

Mildred lived in Farmington for 45 years, raising her three sons, Ted, Bob and Jack. In 1978, she and her father moved to the Ignacio Senior Center, where she lived ever since. She cared for her father until his death in 1980.

Mildred enjoyed her life at the Senior Center, volunteering and taking part in its many activities, and she often said, “The center has taken good care of me.” She was an inspiration to all who knew her, with a wonderful sense of humor, a generous heart and stunning good looks.

Mildred was preceded in death by sons, Bob in 1993, Jack in 2009 and Ted in 2014.

She is survived by daughters-in-law, Ann and Patt; three grandsons; three granddaughters; seven great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; and two new great-great-grandbabies.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Ignacio Senior Center, 15345 Highway 172 in Ignacio.

If so desired, donations can be made in Mildred’s name to the Ignacio Senior Center. Mildred will be greatly missed by all.

Arrangements are with Hood Mortuary, 1261 E. 3rd Ave. in Durango, Colo., 970-247-2312. Send condolences at


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