We would like to express our deepest, most heartfelt sympathy to the family of
EONA COLLINS VALRIE during their bereavement. We pray that they find
strength and comfort in the Lord.  May God keep you in His care, He will ease
your pain and wipe away your tears. We pray that you experience the peace and
comfort only God can give.                                

                                       THE OWENS FAMILY       
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
                           Life is but a Stopping Place

Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be
A resting place, along the road to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys, different paths along the way.
We all were meant to learn some things, But never meant to stay.
Our destination is a place far greater than we know.
For some, The journey is quicker, for some the journey is Slow.
And when the journey finally ends, we’ll claim a great reward and
find an everlasting peace together with the Lord.
Leona Elizabeth Collins was born on September 9, 1924 to George Collins and
Luella Owens in Deridder, Louisiana.  The family moved to Beaumont, Texas
when Leona was a young child.  She graduated from Charlton Pollard High school
in 1942

In 1947 she met and married the love of her life, Hardy Valrie.  She often said it
was love at first sight.  Hardy and Leona were blessed with six children (the oldest
son was her stepson although she never referred to him as such, she always said
she had six children).  Leona was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and friend.  
She took great pride in raising her children and making a loving home for her
husband and any extended family who needed a place to live.  She was a loving
grandmother and great grandmother.  She adored her grandchildren and
provided childcare for all of them at one time or another.  Her kitchen was always
open to family and friends.

Leona accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age.  She joined Pilgrim
Rest Baptist Church and was a faithful member for more than 50 years.  She was
honored and proud to be called the Mother of the Church.  She attended
regularly, until her declining health made if difficult for her to attend.  She was a
prayer warrior and readily prayed for her family for her family and anyone else
who needed her.  She was devoted to sharing God's love with everyone she came
in contact with.

God called her from her earthly labor to her heavenly reward and a joyful reunion
with the love life, her husband on Sunday February 25, 2018 after a briel hospital

Leona leaves to cherish her memory and continue her legacy her children Lee
Manuel Valrie (Marguerite) Houston, Texas,  Hazel Patterson (Richard)
Beaumont, Texas, Emma Valrie, Dallas, Texas, Deborah Ann Valrie, Dallas,
Texas, Althea Mitchell, Katy, Texas, and Vernon Valrie (Denise), Beaumont,
Texas.  She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren , 7 great great
granfchilfren and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.