Leona Rita (Nolette) Kenyon, 77, died Sept. 23, 2010, at Waldo County General Hospital’s Hospice Care Unit in Belfast.

Leona was born Sept. 29, 1932, in Winchendon, Mass., a daughter of Albert and Marie Nolette of Canada. In her early teen years, she met William J. Kenyon while working at the same factory in Fitchburg, Mass. They married Jan. 7, 1951, then moved to Maine with one child and settled in Jackson, where the family began and still resides. They had seven children.

Leona worked very hard to be a great mom, wife and friend. She was known by many for selling Fuller Brush, Blair and Watkins products and working at Belmont Pants factory turning coats. Leona was a Jehovah’s Witness.

In her spare time she did a lot of canning and cooking from scratch. She especially enjoyed knitting — oh, how she loved knitting things! Also she did daily Bible reading where she read the entire Bible cover to cover several times. Leona was truly a very kindhearted and loving woman.

Leona is survived by her husband of 59 years, William J. Kenyon, of Jackson; six children, Rita A. Kenyon of Colorado Springs, Colo., Reggie S. Kenyon of Jackson, Irene E. Thibodeau of Queensbury, N.Y., Clyde B. Kenyon of Jackson, Brad J. Kenyon of Newburgh, and Sharlene L. Holland of Jackson and Ft. Payne, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and multiple other family members. Leona also has three siblings, all living in Canada, Eva Garand, René Nolette and Cecile Nolette.

Leona lost her oldest son, William J. Kenyon Jr., in 1991, at age 37.

Services will be held at Searsport Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Saturday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m.

Arrangements are with Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com.