Diana L. Leake

December 22, 1930 – November 21, 2010

Diana L. Albertson Leake of Kansas City, Mo., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 21, 2010, at age 79. She passed away at St. Luke’s Heart Institute on the Plaza.

Diana was born December 22, 1930 in rural Orrick, Mo., to Joseph Ivan Albertson and Lillie Golden Thomas. Diana’s parents owned and operated the Albertson Coal & Lumber Company in Orrick, Mo., for many years. Diana stayed in Orrick through high school, then married her soul mate, Tyree K. Leake on Christmas Eve in 1947. As well as being a mother to her two children and a wife, Diana did secretarial worked for National Bellas Hess and General Electric in North Kansas City, Mo., owned and operated the first Mode-O-Day dress shop in Antioch Shopping Center and was a secretary for Diesel Engine & Fabricating in Houston, Texas during her life.

In her lifetime, she resided in Orrick and Liberty, Mo., then Kansas City, Mo., and Houston and Alamo, Texas. Diana and T.K. tried retirement in the Texas Valley, but love and the needs of family brought them back to the KC area in 1993.

Diana was baptized in the Christian faith and attended and taught Sunday School at Orrick Baptist Church in Orrick, Mo., and Freeway Manor Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.

Diana’s parents her brother and one sister, preceded her in death. Diana is survived by her husband of almost 63 years, T.K., one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Pat) Edwards, one son, Michael K Leake, and two grandchildren, Austin Leake and Mrs. Travis (Rachel Leake) Beyhmer, and one sister, Alta M. Windsor. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren by marriage.

Services will be held at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo., on Friday, November 26, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., with viewing one hour prior to service. Burial will follow in South Point Cemetery.


My Dad, my brother, Mike and I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers of sympathy in our time of loss. The details taken by The Gowing Funeral Home to ensure mom’s transition to Eternity is much appreciated. The stories of her life told to us by people at the services will long be remembered. She was taken from us so suddenly but we know she is waiting at Heaven’s gate for the time we join her.
Patricia Leake Edwards