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Mary Jane Leason

07/22/1934 - 04/16/2020

Mary Jane Leason, born July 22, 1934, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2020. She is survived by 2 sons, Leslie “Mike” Leason of Phoenix and Timothy (Virginia) Leason of Chandler. 5 grandchildren: Derick, Mac, Joseph, Ryan, Adam, and 7 great- grandchildren: Blake, Bella, Emma, Ethan, Autumn, Adaline, and Skylar. Mary is also survived by her sisters-in-law Barbara Thelander, and Carol Silliman, as well as many nieces and nephews. Mary moved to Arizona in 1949 from Winterset, Iowa. She worked for Pleko Southwest as a bookkeeper and Allied Concrete Company. Mary was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha and with a various number of projects also did volunteer work with Mesa ARC. In her retirement, she volunteered for Arizona CASA and for the City of Tempe Police Department. Mary loved playing cards and family gathering along with meeting with Echo Polio Group on a monthly basis. She enjoyed knitting blankets for family, friends, and hospital projects for preemie babies. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Mildred “Tokie” Silliman, former husband Leslie R. Leason, brother John Silliman, sister Margaret “Anne” Silliman, and son Richard Leason. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of Mary, be directed to Hospice of the Valley at www.hov.org/donate/. Bunker Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements and the family will announce, at a future date, the date and location for the memorial service.


  • To Mary’s Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of
    Mary. I have such wonderful memories of all the family time I spent with all of you. God Bless and keep you.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Barbara Thelander

    Mary was the bravest woman I’ve ever known. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is now released from her pain and will be welcomed by all who have gone before her. Love…

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