|Leona Hickman Crowley Butler, born on August 22, 1920, was the youngest daughter of Edward Hickman and Irene Jenkins Hickman. She was a graduate of Xavier Prefatory High School and attended Xavier University.
After the sudden death of her first husband, Louis Crowley, and with a young daughter, Jillandra Marie, to support, Leona became one of the first women to work for the U. S. Postal Service. There she met Rev. Max Butler, a Methodist minister. She married him in the latter years of his ministry and very staunchly worked with him in ministry when his Charge Conference relationship was at Grace Church. Later she cared for him during a long period of illness when he was in and out of several hospitals until his death on April 29, 1983.
Leona suffered great losses in her life, but in spite of her sufferings, she always greeted everyone with a smiling face and was always willing to extend a helping hand to anyone she met. During her last illness, she was sent cards and received many calls from her friends. When a card was read to her, she said, “That was nice of them.” Following her death on April 8, 2004, Rev. Walter B. Pennington, pastor of Grace Church, officiated at her funeral service on Tuesday, April 13, 2004.
|Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2004|