Rebecca Jean Leonard-Shull, age 68 of Lytton, IA, took the hand of her maker to the Promised Land on Monday, August 7, 2023. Rebecca was born on November 14, 1954, at Loring Hospital in Sac City, IA, the second child to William Theodore (Ted) and Hope (Lovrien) Leonard. She was baptized on February 6, 1955, and confirmed on April 7, 1968, at the United Methodist Church in Sac City.
Rebecca attended school at Sac City Elementary and Sac City High School, graduating in 1973. She continued her education at the Medical Institute of Minnesota. Rebecca returned to Sac City and over several years worked in the business office, medical records, as a certified nursing assistant, as ward clerk, and finally as a laboratory phlebotomist all at Loring Hospital in Sac City. She also worked a few years as a CNA at Methodist Manor and Buena Vista Hospital both in Storm Lake, IA. Other jobs included MediCap Pharmacy and Northwest Monument Company both in Storm Lake and as a CNA at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City.
A son, Ross Cameron Leonard was born to Rebecca and Gary Edmund Leonard on September 22, 1981.
On March 25, 1989, Rebecca was united in marriage to Robert M. Shull. They made their home on an acreage north of Lytton where they resided their married life.
Rebecca’s loves were God, her family, all people, animals (she raised rabbits, toads, kittens, puppies, goat kids, and a fawn from infancy to adulthood), and the great outdoors, which she called God’s Coloring Book. She was game for almost anything and loved camping old-style and kayaking. Rebecca was a great artist and designer. She was an optimist in most every situation presented to her. God was her partner in life. She will be dearly missed by husband and best friend Bob and all those who knew and loved her.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Bob Shull of Lytton, IA; son Ross Leonard of Lytton, IA; brother William George Leonard (fiancée Mary Archambault) of Crystal, MN; uncle Bob Lovrien of IL; aunts Shirley Ohrtman of Spencer, IA, and Gladys Zwiefel of Spirit Lake, IA; close friends Crystal (Cameron) Remmick and son Keaton of Sac City, IA, and Cully Magner (Mike Blum) of Auburn, IA; many other extended family members and friends.
Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Hope Leonard; brother Bryan Jay Leonard; maternal grandparents George and Emma Lovrien; and paternal grandparents William Gordon Leonard, Joseph and Maude May Heithoff.
Rebecca leaves behind a message: Believe and listen to God your Maker. Pray often, for He does hear your every word and believes in you.