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Celebration of Life

Adams Funeral Home of Ozark
Saturday January 8th, 2022

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J.J. Leek

Janice Kay (J.J.) Leek, age 69, of Ozark, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022. She was born December 3, 1952 in Granby, the daughter of Denzil and Edith (Baldwin) Thrasher. J.J. grew up in Goodman where her parents owned a grocery store. She graduated from Neosho High School, and attended College of the Ozarks with a major in business administration.

She was united in marriage to Russell Joseph Leek. J.J. worked 33 years in computer operations and management in the healthcare and manufacturing fields working for A.C. Buckhorn in Springfield, Syntex in Verona, and Skaggs Hospital, Branson. After retirement in 2008, she operated J.J.’s Berry Patch at their home south of Ozark. J.J. was very involved in the community, she was a Master Gardener and Ozark Plant Society member, sold her berries at the at Nixa Farmers Market, and was on the Christian County Fair Board. She also was a member of the Ag & Mechanical Committee, and served on the board of directors of White River Electric Company. J.J. was a member of First Baptist Church of Ozark.

Survivors include: Her husband of 48 years, Russell; two children, Danielle Gardner and David Johnston of Ozark, and Michelle Kurtz and husband Jamie of Pomona; grandchildren, Brynna Gardner, Ethan Gardner, Ian Kurtz, Kelby Kurtz, and Aida Kurtz; siblings, Carol David and Phillip, Gary Thrasher, and Susie Brookman and Bill; nieces and nephews. Her parents preceded her in death as well as her step-mother, June Thrasher.

A memorial visitation will be 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Saturday, January 8, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Adams Crematory.

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A candle was lit in memory of J.J. Leek

Cathy Rowden Feb 15 2022 5:16 PM

Knew JJ from our working days at the plant. JJ was the voice of our telephone system. For years after she switched jobs her voice greeted us when you dialed into the plant. Almost every Saturday in summer wife and I would stop by JJ's booth at the Nixa Farmer's Market and buy some fruit pies and other stuff. In January she would organize a run to Morgan County Seed with the Christian County Master Gardeners to stock up on growing supplies. A fun all-day road trip. And she was a big part of me planting a large garlic patch - so I could sell garlic at the Nixa Farmer's market. Talked me into it. JJ will be missed.

Ray and Kathleen Williams Jan 10 2022 10:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of J.J. Leek

Christie Levey Jan 8 2022 6:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of J.J. Leek

Kristen Lewis Jan 8 2022 2:01 PM

Our lives have been richly blessed by JJ, having the honor and privilege of being next-door neighbors with her and Russell.
We are deeply saddened by her passing and we will miss her greeting , "How are you Dear"

Doyle and Mary Yoder Jan 8 2022 1:31 PM

J.J. was a beautiful soul. I had the pleasure of being a classmate from grade school through high school. She was the best friend that you could ever hope to have in your life. She could bring sunshine to your darkest day and bring a smile to your heart. I loved her for all the kindness and joy she brought to me. RIP, my dear, until we meet again one day.

Karen (Griffin) Kennedy Jan 8 2022 1:17 PM

A candle was lit in memory of J.J. Leek

Teresa and Charlie McCutchen Jan 7 2022 10:27 PM

Whenever I called or met up with her, J.J. would always say, "How are you, my dear?" emphasizing the "are." She meant it so sincerely and truly wanted to know what was going on in my life. She was one of my gardening mentors, with good advice and a plant to share. It's hard to accept we won't find her in her beloved berry patch.

Jennifer Ailor Jan 7 2022 1:23 PM

A candle was lit in memory of J.J. Leek

Allen & Sue Iorg Jan 7 2022 8:51 AM

My heartfelt sympathies to your family. She was adored by all that were fortunate enough to have met her. Russ and girls if ever you need anything, I am here. Love Ya

Toni Van Gilder Jan 7 2022 12:25 AM

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