Amelia Mumford Leake Bornman

Published 12:01 am Thursday, November 1, 2018

Aug. 7, 1933 – Oct. 22, 2018

NATCHEZ — Memorial services for Amelia Mumford Leake Bornman, 85, of Natchez, who died Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, at her residence surrounded by her family and her treasured antiques after her fight with cancer, will be 3 p.m. Friday at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville, La., with Rev. Ken Ritter officiating.
Burial will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.
Visitation will be 2 p.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Mrs. Bornman was born Aug. 7, 1933, in Baton Rouge, the daughter of James Rucker Leake and Elizabeth O’Donald Leake and granddaughter of Robert Mumford Leake and Amelia Mumford Leake. Her maternal grandparents were Robert W. O’Donald and Amelia Hardel O’Donald.
She was a graduate of Louisiana State University. She majored in history and education and somehow found time to be active in Tri Delta Sorority. After graduation, she married John Preston Bornman Jr., and followed his work to Beaumont, Texas, Philadelphia, Dallas and Houston. She continued her life-time interest in history and did volunteer work in various museums located in these cities. Most important was the time she spent at Bayou Bend in Houston where she was elected chairman of the Docent Group. She was a member of Mayflower descendants, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Pilgrimage Garden Club of Natchez — but she always knew that her family was her first priority.
Survivors include her husband, John P. Bornman Jr.; three children, Elizabeth O’Donald Parsons of Provence, France, Amelia Hardel Lavery of Tucson, Ariz., and J. Preston Bornman lll of Houston; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, James R. Leake Jr., of St. Francisville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchez.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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