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Tana Rae Leak

May 31, 1947 — November 11, 2023

Tana Rae (Lawrence) Leak, 76 of Marion passed away at 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at IU Health – Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. Tana Rae was born in Anderson on May 31, 1947 to Ray & Judy (Sumpter) Lawrence. On October 19, 1968 she married Gary Leak and he survives. They celebrated 55 years of marriage before her passing.

Tana Rae was a teacher and had taught at Marion Community Schools, specifically Riverview Elementary School, retiring in 2007. She had received her Bachelor’s Degree from Marion College in Marion and then her Master’s of Education from Ball State University in Muncie. Tana Rae was a member of the Unity Christian Church (formerly Marion Church of Christ) where she served the Lord by teaching Wee Worship, leading Ladies Bible Study, singing in the Adult Choir, leading Children’s Choir and she was involved in J.A.M. and V.B.S.

Tana Rae entertained others as Miss Merry Christmas, Edith Ann and Gladys. She loved to host card games and game nights. She also found time to become a founding member of the Harvest of Talents for World Hunger in Marion.

Survivors besides her husband Gary include their three children, Lynelle Brown and husband Steve, Tipton, JJ Leak of Marion and Tyler Leak and wife Michelle of Converse. Tana Rae had one sister, Rhonda Lawrence of Marion and five grandchildren, Ashley Walters (Scott Bradley), Alex Brown (Abby Wood), Lanie Brown, Audrey Leak (Kevin Sosa) and Eli Leak. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Bentley Wildoner, Brooklyn Disney, Tytan Bradley and Carter Bradley.

A memorial service honoring Tana Rae’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18 at Unity Christian Church, 140 N. Pennsylvania Street, Marion, Indiana, 46952 with Steve Brown and Rachel (Jett) Hutson presiding. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Friday and from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Tana Rae should be made to Harvest of Talents c/o Unity Christian Church. Young-Nichols Funeral Home is honored to assist the Leak family at this time. Condolences for Tana Rae’s family may be made on her obituary page at

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