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Carmela A. Leonard

CARMELA A. LEONARD, age 56, of Whitehall, Pennsylvania passed away on Tuesday, March 19,2024 in Leigh High Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Carmela was born on August 17,1967 in Houston, Texas to Mr. Fred and Willie Taylor Leonard. She was the last born child to this union. CARMELA attended the public schools in the Houston Independent District. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for Engineering Professions in 1985. Carmela received an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas Austin and received a Master’s degree from North Carolina State A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. She worked at Texas Instruments in Houston, Texas and Lucent Technologies in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania before beginning her 20 year career in the IT Department at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. CARMELA was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She thoroughly loved her work and she also enjoyed gardening in her spare time. She always looked forward to returning to Houston to spend lots of time which always meant that she would be home for her birthday every August, during the Christmas Holidays, and sometimes in between. SHE was how one typically describes an engineer (someone who absolutely must have details about everything). This not only was in reference to her work life but her family and friends' lives and the lives of their loved ones as well. SHE leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Willie; brother, Darryl Leonard, and nephew Dante Leonard, all of Houston, Texas; uncles, Norvelle Leonard, Sr., and Larry D. Leonard (Johnie); aunts, Kattie Hatcher, Ida Oliver (Charles), Shirley Leonard, Hazel Holman (Ponell), Ruby Nickson (Eddie), and Bertha Warfield; special friends, James M. Lake, Jr.(Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania), and Comfort Fordjour (Nazareth, Pennsylvania); many cousins and many beloved friends. CARMELA was preceded in death by her father, Fred C. Leonard; sister, Patricia A. Leonard; maternal grandparents, Robert L. and Stacie Taylor; paternal grandparents, Larry and Cleo Leonard; uncles, Robert Taylor, Rose Eddie Leonard, Sr.; and aunt, Addie Taylor. Visitation Friday, March 29, 2024 10:00 AM Cloverland Church of Christ Houston, TX. Funeral Service Friday, March 29, 2024 11:00 AM Cloverland Church of Christ Houston, TX. Interment Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery Houston, TX

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