Anna Louise Leal
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Anna Louise Leal
  • February 27, 1924 - April 3, 2016
  • Fowler, California

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Anna Leal passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 3, 2016 surrounded by her faithful caregivers of The Harvest in Fowler and her daughter Debra. She turned 92 in February. Anna was born in 1924 in Waynesboro PA. She was 1 of 9 children born to Ervin and Mary Newcomer. Anna joins her beloved husband, Louis Leal, daughter Joyce Naggar, son Ronald Perry and siblings Dorothy, Florence, James, Emory and Martin in heaven.

Ann served her country during WWII by enlisting in the Navy, where she met Robert Perry, also in the Navy. She received an honorable discharge and a victory ribbon shortly after they married on May 8, 1946. While Robert remained in the Navy, together they had 4 children, 2 born in Panama, 1 in Massachusetts and 1 in Tennessee. Ann took the moves in stride as they raised their 4 children. The last assignment while Robert was enlisted in the Navy was Lemoore Naval Air Station. Ann made the central valley area her permanent place of residence after the marriage to Robert ended in 1964.

In 1965 Ann enrolled in Hanford adult school and became a nurse's aide and worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in Hanford. She continued her education in nursing while attending classes at COS and graduated from Vocational Nursing in January of 1973. She continued to work at Sacred Heart Hospital during which time she met Louis Leal. Their courtship became a marriage in February of 1976. Louis and Ann embraced each other's company and enjoyed traveling together. They were both members of the Hanford Fraternal Hall and attended many events there. Louis and Ann were married for 26 years before Louis succumbed in 2002.

Longevity certainly runs in the family as Ann is survived by 3 siblings, Jane Frye-96 year's young, Francis Betts-90, and Roy Newcomer-89, all of Waynesboro, Pa. She also leaves behind 2 daughters, Cindy Matlock of Texas, Debra Raco and her husband Gary of Fresno. Grandchildren, Vicki Diehl, Eddie Carnes, Eric Robinson, and Carly and Taylor Gillespie. Great grandchildren, Nicholas, Wynter, Juliet, Jayden and John. And numerous nieces and nephews.

The family of Anna would like to extend appreciation to the staff of The Harvest assisted living facility in Fowler where she was affectionately known as Annie due to her spirited nature. Many thanks also go to all the nurses and assistants from St. Agnes Hospice who provided her care during her final days on earth.

A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Hanford Cemetery; 10500 S. 10th Ave., Hanford, CA 93230. Remembrances may be made in Anna's honor to the donor's favorite charity.