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Leona ‘Onie’ May Moxley

January 3, 2012

Leona ‘Onie’  May Moxley
1936-2011

Leona was born in Jamestown, Calif. to Joe and Ramona Mayginnes. Leona graduated from Yerington High School, Yerington, Nev.
Leona was a member of the Rainbow Girls and very active in 4-H, all while being very involved in a ranch/farming lifestyle.
After graduation, Leona went to work at the Nugget, in Yerington. It was during this time that Leona met the love of her life at a local dance. Just six short weeks later, James Robert Moxley became her husband on March 25, 1956. The young couple began their lives together, working and starting a family.
When the opportunity for a better paying job came along, the Moxley’s moved their family to Bishop. This also allowed them to be closer to family. It did not take long to become involved in the Bishop Saddle Club, where they worked to establish the current horse facility located on U.S. 6. Leona went to work for the 18th District Agriculture Association Tri-County Fairgrounds in 1964, where she was a secretary for many years.
While in Bishop, Leona’s husband, Jim, was diagnosed with cancer. As Jim’s illness progressed Leona worked harder to care for her husband and her children and still provide a happy lifestyle. She began working for The Bishop Mule Days as its original show secretary in 1969. Leona, now working two jobs, still made time to be involved in community activities and very involved in the lives of her children. This included but not limited to: Little League, Brownies, Boy Scouts, rodeo, motorcyles, Team Roping, horse shows, The Right to Read Program and the Bishop Broncos Boosters Club. All areas where her expertise, knowledge and hard work could benefit others.
On Jan. 18, 1973 Leona lost her beloved husband after a long, losing battle with cancer. At this time Leona devoted her life to raising her children and that devotion carried over to all the youth that she came in contact with. Leona was actively involved in the Boosters Club, where she was one a small group of parents that worked the Snack Shack (tasty treats that still warm the soul), awards banquets (copious amounts of delicious food) and melt in your mouth cinnamon rolls for that special game each season.
Leona was very creative in more than just the food department and was a major contributor to the original Bernie Bronco. Her creative cooking was also instrumental in Schat’s Bakery (downtown store) getting off of the ground with soups and delicious breakfasts to compliment its line of wonderful breads.
When Leona’s children graduated from High School, she moved to Reno where she went to work for Boomtown. Then Leona had the privilege of going to work for Dan Lufkin of the Oxbow Ranch, Prairie City, Ore. Leona was caught up in an amazing life style of the cutting horse industry at its top levels.  Leona’s down to earth attitude kept everyone on the straight and narrow. Health reasons forced Leona to leave the cold climate of Oregon and she went south to work for Scott Saddle Co. which would eventually be bought out by Ricotti Saddle Co. where she continued to work for another 11 years. Leona’s life experiences had given her a wide array of knowledge thereby allowing her to converse intelligently with team ropers, cutters, reiners, barrel racers, football stars, movie stars, chefs and business owners from the highest level to the lowest.
When Leona retired for Ricottis, she came back to Bishop to help care for her mother-in-law. She was only back in Bishop a very short time before again becoming an active member of the Bishop Saddle Club. Leona soon put her expertise to work and local horse shows once again became a fun family oriented function for all those involved. Her knowledge built the shows into quality competition for all ages and building the local fair show back into a four-day event. Leona loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with all of her heart and that love flowed to all the areas youth. She shared her knowledge of horses, tack, baking, cooking, cake decorating (she could make a beautiful wedding, birthday or special occasion cake) education or just good old fashioned work ethics.
Leona is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Ramona Mayginnes; her Husband, James Robert Moxley; and her sister, Betty Murray.
She leaves behind her sons, Wade and Jeff Moxley; her daughter, Tammy Clanton; sister, Kathy Morgan; brother, Dan Jacobs; aunt, Kiyomi Hoxie; in-laws, Phil and Nancy Moxley and Dick and Daris Moxley; grandchildren, Alisha, Carrie, Colton, Trae, Karly and Cora; great-grandchildren, Truet, Hayden and Jake; nieces, Michelle and Collette; and nephews, Hazen, Andy, Wayne and Barton. She also leaves behind a very large extended family.
Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 6, 2012 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop with a celebration of life to follow at the Home Ec. Building at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.
The family is asking Leona’s family and friends to share memories, stories or thoughts about Leona.  Please send to leonamemorial@yahoo.com or contact Monicka at (760) 920-2949 (before Jan. 6 if possible).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a scholarship fund by contacting Tammy Clanton at (760) 937-0978 or Marcy Williams at Wye Road Feed and Supply at (760) 872-8010.

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