Leonie Buchanan

Obituary of Leonie Buchanan

Leonie Grace (Hamlin) Buchanan

East Lansing

Age 95, our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away February 9, 2019 in East Lansing, MI.   Born December 23, 1923 in Lansing, MI. Leonie was raised in Mason, MI and was a 1941 graduate of Mason High School.  After graduating, she worked for Ingham County in the clerk’s office handling gas rationing, and then for the  Department of  Navy in Washington, DC.  Eventually she worked as a steno in the Governor’s office for G. Mennen Williams. It was while working at the Governor’s office she met her husband Carl Story Buchanan.  She and her husband owned and operated the Michigan Yellow Cab Company in Lansing.

Leonie was intelligent, athletic and artistic.  She was a talented seamstress and painter. She enjoyed reading, baking, ceramics, crocheting and playing cards.  

Surviving are her 3 daughters, Joyce Buchanan (David Blome), Karyn (Raymond) Howd, and Betsy (Robert) Kulas; and grandchildren, Heather Maynard, Megan (Bradley) Crainer, Whitney Howd, Carli Roche, Sylese Roche, Eric Kulas, Ryan Kulas and great-grandchildren, Ashlyn Kulas, Micah and Caleb Crainer, Noah Roche and Weston Woods, sister, Edna Seeley, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.   Leonie was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, her parents, R. John and Jennie A. (Goodyear) Hamlin; and her siblings Joan Bennett, John, Edward and William Hamlin.

Mom spent her last few years living independently and quite alertly until experiencing a fall last summer that ultimately placed her at the Willows of East Lansing.  The family would like to thank the staff of McLaren Hospice and that of the Willows for their loving care of our dear and feisty mom.

A celebration of Leonie’s life will be Sunday, February 17th at 2:00 pm at the Webberville Town Hall, 115 S. Main Street, Webberville, MI.  

Contributions in memory of Leonie may be made to the Cardboard Profits, McLaren Hospice or the Alzheimer/Dementia Association of Michigan.