Cheryl Anne Leonard

Cheryl Anne Leonard,75, of League City, TX passed away on December 15, 2022 in Webster, TX. She was born to Melvin Bernard Ocker and Lily Mae Boudlache Ocker, Sr. on February 23, 1947 in Houston, TX. Cheryl grew up in Baytown and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Lamar University in three years. Mrs. Leonard has been a resident of League City for over 20 years and is of the Lutheran faith.

Cheryl’s professional career began in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, under the tutelage and supervision of long time D.A. Carol Vance. A career change made her the first female Harris County Adult Probation officer, and she retired as a supervisor after 28 years of service. While working full time, Cheryl commuted four days each week to Sam Houston State University, where she completed all the course work pursuant to a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Probation and Parole.

In retirement, Cheryl was active in many community projects. First in her heart was the Children’s Advocacy Center of Galveston County, where she served for many years as a board member and President. While she dabbled in golf, she preferred Zumba-both for both the exercise and social benefits. Additionally, she enjoyed travel, especially to Italy with Gean; they also loved their trips to New York with Maureen Patton and her “Grand Broadway Adventure”.  “Flower Power” and “Rock and Romance” cruises with Mark and Cindy became the icing on her cake.

Nobody enjoyed Mardi Gras Galveston more than Cheryl. She and Gean were members of the Crew of Gambrinus for a dozen years; Cheryl was both a member of the Royal Court and Queen of the Crew of Gambrinus in the year 2000.

Mrs. Leonard is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin Bernard Ocker, Sr. and Lily Mae Boudlache Ocker, Sr.  and her brother Mel Ocker, Jr.

Cheryl is survived by her husband of 45 years, Gean Leonard; son Kevin Leonard; brother Mark Ocker and his wife Cindy of Marble Falls, Tx; nephews Chris Ocker and his wife Erin of Parker, Colorado and; niece, Kim Goodman and husband Laurence (League City), Dr. Cydne Holt of California; sister-in-law, Carolyn Leonard of Hitchcock, Tx. Also, great nephews Nicholas Goodman, Nathan Goodman, Calum Ocker, Keegan Ocker and Nickalus Holt.

Celebration of Life for Cheryl Leonard will be Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at South Shore Harbour Country Club, 4300 South Shore Blvd. League City, TX 77573.  Memorials may be sent to the Child Advocacy Center, 5710 Avenue S ½ Galveston, TX 77551.


  1. My sincere condolences to Gean on the passing of his beloved ‘bride’, my neighbor, and my friend Cheryl. She was a wonderful lady and will certainly be missed. May her soul rest in peace.
    Roland and Brenda

    Brenda Powell
  2. Gean and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Cheryl’s passing. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Susan Hopkins Miller and Tony Miller

    Susan Miller
  3. Gean and Kevin:
    We are so sad to learn about Cheryl. We have so many fond memories of being Friendswood neighbors and the good times we shared. Cheryl was a lovely, accomplished woman and wonderful friend. May shared memories comfort you both.
    : Al and Elaine Crouch, San Antonio

    Al and Elaine Crouch
  4. Gean, Kevin & family,
    I am heartbroken at learning of Cheryl’s passing. I’ve always been a fan of her’s and her wonderful personality, wit and charm. I’d be remiss if i didn’t mention her sense of humor, too. Gean, you might recall that i always tried to end our conversations with, “Give my best to ‘Mother'” or “Tell ‘Mother’ that I said “hello’.” Such a sweet, kind and truly remarkble person. Kevin, you must know how enormously proud she was of you and all that you have accomplished and become. This was evident in her voice and facial expressions when she spoke of you. My condolences to you both and I wish you peace and comfort going forward.

    Stuart Crouch
  5. Gean, Kevin and family
    I am a Zumba friend of Cheryl’s and she was such a fun person to know and count as a friend. I will miss her great hugs and smiles each time she greeted me. She had many friends at Zumba and her presence will be greatly missed by those fortunate enough to know her. Deepest condolences.

    Judy Smith
  6. Gean and Kevin,

    Cheryl was not only my supervisor, but, a friend. She was my first supervisor in my career as probation officer in Harris County. I am so sad to read of her passing. May God bless you both with many great memories. She was a great lady with alot of spunk and class. Rest in peace, Cheryl. My prayers to you all.

    Lisa Holder, Friendswood
  7. I did not know Cheryl, but she and I were born on the same day in Houston, Texas.
    I was born in Heights Hospital on Sunday evening, February 23rd, 1947.
    My maiden name was Bowden and we lived at 4706 North Main Street.
    Cheryl sounded like a wonderful person and I am sorry you lost her so soon.

    Betty Junemann
  8. Dear Gean and family, We are so so sad to hear the news of Cheryl’s passing. She was a special person and we feel honored to be her friend and yours too. She was a special Krewe of Gambrinus Queen too. Your family holds a special place in our hearts and we pray that you all find peace and comfort in your treasured memories. Cheryl will live on in your lives because she will be watching over you in heaven. God has another angel of love and caring guidance. Cheryl will be missed here on earth by all who were lucky enough to know her!!! Love and prayers, Janet and Trent Morgan

    Janet and Trent Morgan
  9. Dear Gean,

    Sherry & I were both saddened to hear of Cheryl’s passing. She will be missed by one and all. Our thoughts are with you in this time of grief. I’m sure you have many fond memories which we hope will carry you through these difficult times.

    Best wishes,
    Dave & Sherry

    Dave Cohn
  10. Just learned of Chery’s passing and wanted to extend my condolences to you, Gean, and to you, Kevin. Cheryl died on my birthday. Never knew it before, but we were both at Lamar at the same time. I’m sure she’s with Inky now! 🙂

    Diane Lindquist

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