Leona Roberts Hysell, 93, died of natural causes on January 11, 2018, at Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Middleport, Ohio. She was born July 16, 1924 in Teges, (Clay County) Kentucky, to the late Thomas Nelson Roberts and Margaret Allen Roberts. She was married to Lyle W. Hysell, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Hysell was a member of the Zion Church of Christ in Rutland, Ohio. She was devoted to Christ, her husband, her family and friends.
At an early age Leona moved to Washington, D.C. to find employment. It was there that she was introduced to her future husband Lyle Hysell, of Pomeroy, Ohio, through mutual friends. Soon after they were married, Lyle was sent to fight in the Pacific during WWII. It was during that time, that Leona worked as a waitress. She then got a job inspecting parachutes at a textile factory that began manufacturing parachutes during the war. Leona then moved to Pomeroy, Ohio to live with Lyle’s family for the remaining duration of the war. Upon his return, Lyle and Leona resided in Meigs County, Ohio, where they raised their family. Over the years, Leona was a home-maker and a cook for the Harrisonville local school district. Many years later, she worked in the dietary department at the Rocksprings Rehabilitation Center in Pomeroy, Ohio.
Leona is survived by two children: Tom Hysell (Suzy), and Linda Bates (Gary); grandchildren: Scott Hysell (Christina), Matt Riffle (Kristina), Todd Hysell, and Tina Fairchild (Tracy); great grandchildren: Matthew Hosken (Angela). Jacob Riffle, Garrett Riffle, Graci Riffle, Mandi Hysell and Alex Hysell. Leona’s great great granddaughters: Elizabeth Hosken and Adeline Hosken. Leona is also survived by many nephews and nieces, who she loved dearly.
Leona is preceded in death by three brothers and their spouses: the Rev. Estill Roberts (Virgie), the Rev. Malcolm Roberts (Mae), and Capt. Amster Roberts (Carileen); four sisters and their spouses: Bessie Roberts, Senator Lillie Roberts Bishop (Senator Fred Bishop). Della Roberts Chialastri (Joseph Chialastri), Mollie Roberts Johnson (Marcus Johnson).
The family would like to thank the staff of Overbrook Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care given for many years to our loved one, Leona, and for their gracious and loving kindness during her last days.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy with Pastor James Keesee officiating. Burial will follow in the Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held 3 hours prior to the funeral service.
An online registry is available at www.andersonmcdaniel.com