Funeral liturgy will be held for Maria Teresa Leman, 80, at 10:00 A.M. Monday, September 28, 2020 at the Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas, Wyoming with Father Lucas Kazimiro Simango as the Celebrant. A Vigil for the Deceased will be at 7:00 P.M. Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.
Maria Leman died Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas.
Mari was born Saturday, December 2, 1939 in Serradilla, Spain. She was the youngest of four children born of Manuel and Paca (Leo`n) Fernandez.
She was married to William Douglas Leman on October 19th, 1963 in Seradilla, Spain. She met her husband, Bill, while he was in the United States Air Force, stationed in Zaragosa, Spain.
The couple moved to the Leman Ranch in 1970 where they raised their three sons.
Mari loved her family, watching her boys and grandkids play sports, and gardening. People often would stop at her house to admire her flowers. She was known to be a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing large feasts during brandings and family gatherings.
Mari was very proud of her Spanish heritage. A woman of deep faith, Mari was a devoted parishioner of Saint James Catholic Church for 50 years.
Mari is survived by her sons, Billy (Michelle) Leman and Dennis (Becky) Leman of Douglas and Michael (Jennifer) Leman of Cheyenne, Wyoming; her grandchildren, Niquole (AJ) Cox of Cheyenne, Sean (Shelby) Leman of Douglas, Amber (Justin) Peterson of Douglas, Celina (Tom) Frear of Rapid City, South Dakota, Megan Leman of Douglas, Brianna Leman of Douglas, Justin Leman of Chadron, Nebraska, Tyrel Leman of Douglas, Sophie Seely of Gillette, Wyoming, and Lily Leman of Cheyenne; four great grandsons; and one great granddaughter.
Mari was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years on May 8, 2019; her parents; her two brothers, Salvador Fernandez and Celistino Fernandez; and one sister, Carmen Fernandez-Leon, all of Spain.
Serving as pallbearers are Sean Leman, Justin Leman, Tyrel Leman, AJ Cox, Tom Frear and Justin Peterson.
Serving as honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren and great grandchildren along with John Ralph Sullivan, Jim Johnson, and Faha Foster.
Donations in Mari’s honor can be made to Stella Strong and Olivia Caldwell Foundation, in care of Converse County Bank, Box 689 Douglas, Wyoming 82633.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com
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