Leola Jean (Wilkins) Runels, 81, of Collinsville, Oklahoma passed March 15, 2021, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was born to Cecil and Myrtle (Rogers) Wilkins in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 30, 1939.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Jean married the love of her life, Ronald Lee Runels at Glenwood Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 4, 1957. From their union, three children were born.
Jean was the glue that held her family together. Her stalwart faith, maintained throughout her life, guided everyone around her. She was known for her pie-making prowess and took great pride in preparing the best pies ever. She raised three children while working full time for Security Pacific Bank, and later Bank of America, retiring from there later as an assistant manager. After her retirement, she spent her time attending church, playing bunko, quilting, baking, and caring for her husband. Among her favorite activities was spending time with her large extended family, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and life-long friends. Her care and concern for everyone was evident throughout her life. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Collinsville before moving to Scottsdale, AZ in October 2020. Jean was preceded in death by her husband of more than 63 years, Ronald Lee Runels.
Left to cherish her memories are their loving children, Debra White and husband Robert, of Claremore, OK, Vicki Lynes and husband Steve, of Fountain Hills, AZ, and Doug Runels and wife Melinda, of Bristow, OK; four grandchildren, Kristi Smith-Sullivan and husband, Scott, of Austin, TX, David Runels and wife Cindy, of Scottsdale, AZ, Heather Weaver and husband Richard, of Midland, TX, and Kimberly Runels and partner Matthew Brantley, of Corvallis, OR; eight great-grandchildren: Kourtni, Jacob, Lauren, Henry, Connor, Chase, Alexandria, and William; a host of other relatives and friends also survive her.
A visitation will be held Friday, April 2nd, 2021, from 9 am to 7 pm at Parsons-Canoe-Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with family being present from 4 pm to 7 pm.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, at First Baptist Church of Collinsville with Dr. Tim Prock officiating. Burial will follow in Elm Cemetery in Leach, Oklahoma.
Arrangements and Services are entrusted to Parsons-Canoe-Beggs Funeral Home of Collinsville, Oklahoma. Expressions of Sympathy for the Runels family may be left by visiting www.pcbfuneralgroup.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association by following the link https://www.apdaparkinson.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/
American Parkinson Disease Association
PO Box 3113, Broken Arrow OK 74013