Leora was born in Canton Township to the late Robert A. and Gladys Watts Ellis on October 31, 1932. She was a 1950 graduate of Canton High School.
After graduation, she worked in the office of her father’s coal yard as a weighmaster and was employed over the years by Arnot-Ogden Hospital and Troy Community Hospital, retiring in 1995 after 18 years with the US Postal Service. In 1983, she married Ralph W. Wilcox who survives.
While her children were growing up, she was very active in the local Mother’s Club. She would often talk about driving the Spanish class of 1970 to Mexico, a trip she thoroughly enjoyed. Leora was a member of the Ladies Auxillary VFW, American Legion in Canton and Morris Run and Canton’s Women of the Moose Chapter 981 where she held several offices and was honored to earn Collegiate Regent with red stole. She was a member of the Ecumenical Church, Canton.