The Lord called Jerri Dawn Leatherman to her eternal Home Dec. 7, 2017, in Ponca City, after a courageous fight with cancer. Jerri was born to Dwight and Sue Leatherman on Nov. 3, 1968, in Liberal, Kan. She was raised and attended school in Liberal with her two sisters, Catrina and Brenda. She met and married, Troy Queen and through this union was blessed with four boys, Brandon, Derek, Michael and Matthew Queen, whom she devoted her life to. In 2000 she followed her parents to Ponca City so they could spend their free time camping and catching catfish. In 2002 she met her soul mate, the love of her life, Richard “Rich” Rudy. As her love for Rich grew so did her love for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
She was a stay at home mom while her boys were younger, and made raising four mischievous boys look easy, she was always up for whatever adventure they could come up with. She was the homeroom mom for many students that attended Southlawn Elementary in Liberal. She was a stand in mom and friend to all of the neighborhood kids and her house was one that most preferred. She entered the workforce when she moved to Ponca City, as a member of management for TTT Convenience Stores, Food Pyramid and lastly Chapman Shoes. She was never afraid of work and dedicated herself entirely to all of her endeavors.
She cherished her family. She was a confidante for many, a rock to most and your secrets were always safe with her. She was always up for company and you could guarantee that she and Rich were going to feed you no matter what time of day or night you showed up. When walking into her house you could always bet on a game of Farkle or Wahoo. Jerri’s biggest wish was for peace and that is exactly what you felt in her presence.
She is survived and will be missed sorely by her parents, Dwight and Sue, of Ponca City; her lifetime love, Richard and their dogs, Buddy and GiGi, of the home in Ponca City; sons, Brandon and Camille Queen, Derek Queen, Michael and Laurie Queen and Matthew and Sherry Queen and a niece that she considered a daughter, Tasha and Gabe Smith. She is also survived by grandchildren, Bradon, Noah, Kaleah, Ciara, Gabby, Anthony, Blaze, Mannie, Aiden, Kaden, Kalyn, Gabriel, Brenton and Breccan, all of Ponca City; sisters, Brenda and John Taylor, of Ponca City and Catrina Leatherman, of McCloud; nieces and nephews, Trevor and April Burns and NaVena Taylor, of Ponca City; SaVanna Taylor, of Montana and Justin and Erika Groth, of Garden City, Kan.; great-nieces and nephews, Amberleigh, Ayden, Jaythen, Jacob and Kyrin; parents in love, Nelson and Phyllis Rudy; sisters-in-law, Jody, Theresa and Lisa; brother-in-law, Chuck Rudy and Richard’s children Gage and Nina and his three grandchildren, all of Pennsylvania. She also has an extended family consisting of multiple aunts, uncles and cousins as well as friends that she considered family that she cherished with all of her heart.
Welcoming her into the gates of heaven are her maternal and paternal grandparents and many aunts and uncles.
The family will be accepting visitors at 1900 Joe Street, Monday, Dec. 11, from 5-8 p.m. A service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 1900 W. Grand. Arrangements are under the kind guidance of Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service and Cremation Directors, Enid. Memories may be shared online at www.stittsworthfuneralservices.com.