Surrounded by family and friends, and with a smile on her face, Leona Winger died and joyfully returned to her Father in Heaven on Sunday, December 25, 2022, at her home in South Jordan, Utah having completed every part of her earthly mission. Leona was born September 8, 1941, at home on the family farm, in Winder, Franklin County, Idaho, to Willard Ora Winger and Leona Purser Winger. Her greatest joy came from loving and serving God, The Eternal Father, and His Beloved Son Jesus Christ.\n\nAll her life she was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At age 14 she was called as secretary of the Winder Ward Young Women Mutual Improvement Association. At age 18 she served on the first of many General church committees. She served as a Jordan River Temple Ordinance Worker; 42 years in the Mutual Improvement Association (MIA) and Young Women in numerous positions including Ward and Stake Young Women President; Ward Relief Society President, Stake Relief Society Board; Relief Society teacher for 17 consecutive years at Legacy Retirement Center in South Jordan, Utah; Gospel Doctrine teacher for 20 consecutive years in Wells Stake; a Wells stake missionary; a New England missionary where she served as District Leader.\n\nLeona graduated from Preston High School, Preston, Idaho in 1959; LDS Business College, Salt Lake City in 1960; The University of Utah College of Business where she received a Bachelors of Science in Marketing and later an MBA, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She was employed by United Air Lines in Customer Services; Murdock Travel, as a Foreign Independent Travel Counselor; US WEST, sales and marketing, Large Business Division.\n\nShe was a member of the Salt Lake City Citizen’s Budget Committee and a Community Council President. For eight years she served on the South Jordan City Council, four of those years as South Jordan Mayor Pro Tempore. She served on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees for Roseman University of Health Sciences; Board of Trustees for Citizens for Families; President of Cornerstone Home Owners Association; President of Leona Winger and Associates; President and CEO of New Hope Humanitarian working with Iraqi local government leaders; and Afghanistan refugees. She was an author, motivational speaker, a research genealogist who traveled extensively nationally and internationally to secure genealogy records.\n\nShe enjoyed classical music, opera, the arts and entertaining. She loved hiking, playing golf, and feeling the gentle breezes on the Hawaii and Samoan beaches.\n\nIn her youth Leona began her writing career as a sportswriter with by-lines in The Preston Citizen, Preston, Idaho; Herald Journal, Logan, Utah; Salt Lake Tribune, and Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah. She ended her career by writing four books: Miracles Have Not Ceased, Neither Have Angels Ceased to Minister Unto Men; Worshipping God The Father and Jesus Christ; Legacy of Love, The Biography of Leona Purser Winger And Willard Ora Winger and Their Ancestors, and Homer’s Story.\n\nLeona was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Gretta Winger Goodwin, (Howard Wesley Goodwin); brothers: Wendell Ora Winger, (Jeri Jacobson, Elaine Coleman); Rulon Purser Winger (Carma Cole Choules, Shirley Crane Mandeles), Jay Bernard Winger (Marilyn Oliverson); Lyman Purser Winger (Katherine Blau); Homer Kay Winger. She is survived by her sister-in-law Cruz Rameriz Winger, 146 nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-grand-nieces and nephews.\n\nLeona was profoundly grateful for family and friends, Dr. Kavita Willeson; Darla, and the staff of Danville Support Services who lovingly cared for her.\n\nFuneral services will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 11:00 am at the River Ridge 8th Ward, 1409 W. Shields Lane, South Jordan, Utah, with a viewing from 10:00-10:45 am prior to the funeral at the same location. Burial at the Murray City Cemetery.