Leona Elizabeth Mordica was born February 3, 1939, in Rockville, Maryland to the late Henry and Harriett Jenkins.
The baby of Henry and Harriett’s 3 children, Leona grew up in the Lincoln Park community of Rockville, where she graduated from George Washington Carver High School.
Always being adventurous, Leona enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school. With the Army, she traveled the world and later settled in Colorado. In 1967 she married the love of her life and husband of 52 years, Dr. Alfred A. Mordica, Jr. After the military, Leona spent many years working for AT&T until she retired. Al and Leona continued to travel and gathered experiences and stories to be told for years to come.
Returning to Rockville to care for aging family, after many years away, Al and Leona settled into the family home on North Stonestreet Avenue. Leona was known for being caring, worldly, and a sophisticated lady. She always took the time to call or check-in with family, friends and neighbors. Leona regularly cooked a favorite dish to send to someone to help them feel just a little bit better. Having a strong work ethic, she also continued to work as a medical receptionist.
Leona died peacefully on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Casey House, Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, Maryland.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Frances “Virgie” Jenkins, brother James “Jenks” Jenkins and brothers-in-law, Frank and Edwin Mordica.
Leona leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Dr. Alfred A. Mordica, Jr; two aunts, Dorothy Howard and Betty Howard; nephews, Phillip A. Jenkins (La Teata) and James A. Jenkins; niece, Crystal L. James (Harvey); sisters-in-law, Althea Lewis, Geneva Colson, Arthenia Mills and Betty Proctor; brothers-in-law, Earnest Mordica, Sr., Bernard Mordica, and Anthony Mordica; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Casey House, Montgomery Hospice, in her honor.