Leah Mozelle Bingaman

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Leah Mozelle Bingaman, 91, of Eureka Springs, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on January 27 at the Sand Plum Assisted Living Facility in Bixby, Okla.

Mozelle, as she was called by friends and family, was born in Spring Valley, Arkansas, May 15, 1920, one of ten beloved children born to Rachel and Clinton Henry.

She married Claude Bingaman April 18, 1941. Claude preceded her in death on February 20, 1986. She was also preceded in death by her parents and nine brothers and sisters.

Mozelle was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church for more than 40 years, and served on the Altar Guild. She was a devoted mother, and proud grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother.

Mozelle was an avid collector of photographs, mostly of family, which she proudly displayed in her home. She worked at Pat Stafford Studios in Eureka Springs where she restored photographs with oil paints which will be enjoyed and proudly viewed by future generations. She was a member of the Rebekahs for many years in Eureka Springs.

Mozelle touched the lives of many people with her brilliant smile and personality, and maintained her trademark sense of humor all the way to the very end.

She is survived by her son, Steve Bingaman and wife, Sandy, of Bixby, Okla.; daughter, Ellen Summers of Eureka Springs; seven granddaughters, Jill Barnes and husband Mike of Naples, Fla.; Stephanie Stodden of Springfield, Mo.; Barbara Pruitt and husband, Randy, of Lowell, Ark.; Kathy LaValley of Bixby, Okla; Sheri Pullen and husband, Mike; Mary Caughron and husband, Jimmy; Meagan DeGraffenreid and husband, Cody, all of Bixby, Okla.; one grandson, Todd Summers of Berryville, Ark.

She is also survived by eighteen blessed great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and a host of other family and friends. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Funeral service was Feb. 1, 2012 at Nelson's Chapel of the Springs with Rev. Bob Adcox officiating. Interment followed at the Eureka Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Grace Hospice Foundation, 6400 S. Lewis Ave, Suite 1000, Tulsa, OK 74136. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.nelsonfuneral.com