We stopped in Friday, January 29, to tell Elder y Hna. Leckie goodbye, as we were on our way to meet President Richard y Hna. Jeannine George, the new MTC president and wife.
Elder y Hna. Wall drove the Leckie's out to the airport in the airport for their evening flight.
We think as we enter this blog they have landed in Dallas, waiting for the last leg of their trip home to Nashville, where their daughter will drive them home to Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Richard & Deana have 9 children--all living in a different state and their 20th grandchildren is due in June.
The Sr. Couple Missionary saying is:
"Don't cry when it's over.
Smile because it happened."
Leckie's thought they were just going up two floors in their Ship Building for a quiet dinner with the Bartons, until the door opened and we all chimed in with "SURPRISE!"
Everyone was asked to say something about Richard & Deana Leckie:
"We always laughed at the 'Leckie-isms," said Elder Barton.
"They were so generous, kind and helpful to us from the first day we arrived," said Hna. Barton.
"They took us under their wing, showing us where all the little markets were in our neighborhood," said Elder Fuqua.
"They made us laugh every hour in our office," said Hna. Wall.
"I'll miss 'Andy and Aunt B,' wrote Elder Wall in their farewell booklet, adding "how can you leave 'Mayberry' without me?" signing "Barny F."
Burks added about their humility in accepting the three different areas of focus during their time here.
"We loved Deana for her quiet steadiness and even though Elder Leckie joked with us a lot, when we had our family home evening discussions, he was right there with the scriptures and insights to very spiritual matters," said Elder Petersen.
Bartons gave the Leckie's a fun farewell surprise dinner the night before they left. Sister Leckie was given a beautiful Argentine leather purse from the department.
This photo is taken in their corner nook of the area office.
They were given three different areas of focus during their 2 years in the South America South Area: Area Auditor, then Perpetual Education Fund, and Welfare added after the Allreds left in November and had no replacements.