Merle A. (La Rue) Leakey Coonce, 86, of Independence, Missouri, passed away January 21, 2011.

Merle A. (La Rue) Leakey Coonce, 86, of Independence, Missouri, passed away January 21, 2011.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m., Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at DW Newcomer’s Sons Noland Road Chapel, 509 S. Noland Rd., Independence.  Burial to follow in Mt. Washington Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

The Family suggests memorial contributions to either the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Merle is preceded in death by a Daughter; Marian Yuille.

Merle is survived by 5 Children: John Leakey of Kansas City, Mo. Marsha Colwell of Gower, Mo. Loretta Poglajen of South Elgin, Ill. Richard Leakey of Independence, Mo and Robert Leakey of Carrolton, Mo. Sisters; Edith Soash of Manhattan, Ks. and Gwendolyn Moses of Anthony, Ks. Brother; Melvin La Rue of Aurora, Co.  14 Grandchildren plus numerous Great-grandchildren and Great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements: D.W Newcomer’s Sons Noland Road Chapel, (816)-252-8900.