History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

Leonard Funeral Home was founded in 1920 by Floyd C. & Lucille Leonard with a $100 bill that was given to the couple as a wedding present. The original funeral home location was in downtown Bixby. Over the years, the Leonard Funeral Home has been blessed with a wonderful reputation of providing care and comfort to area families and is recognized as one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Tulsa County.

The funeral home was purchased in 1992 by Mike & Pam Marker and became known as Leonard & Marker Funeral Home. In June of 2003, the funeral home moved into its new beautiful facility at 151st St. & Sheridan, across from the Bixby Cemetery. In knowing that visiting a funeral home can sometimes cause uneasy feelings for some, Mike & Pam designed their new location with a very warm, inviting and home-like atmosphere. From the many favorable comments received, the most common statement is “this does not feel like a funeral home.”

Through the years, Mike & Pam have built their business by following their mission statement, “Thoughtful, Dedicated Service Within the Means of All.” Both are committed to serving the families of their community with kindness, compassion, understanding, hard work and professionalism. They both see funeral service as a calling rather than just a job, and strive to make what is often one of the most difficult times in the life of a family a little less stressful by handling the many details of a funeral service with efficiency, grace and finesse.

Our Valued Staff

  • Mike & Pam Marker

    Mike & Pam Marker

    Mike was introduced to funeral service while a senior in high school during a Death in Literature English class. The teacher invited the local funeral director to speak to Mike's class and the director also invited the class to take a tour of his funeral home. Mike was the only student to ask any questions and the director offered him a job washing cars, mowing grass and generally performing any other tasks that needed to be done.

    After graduation from mortuary school, Mike went back to his hometown of Seminole and worked for the man that gave him his start. This is where Mike learned how to treat people well and to strive for excellent, personal service to families. When Pam and Mike got married, they moved to Denver, where Mike worked for a large corporate group of funeral homes. He moved up the ranks quickly and became the general manager of seven of their funeral homes in Denver. This is where he learned the business and how to operate it successfully.

    Mike tries to always remind himself that someday he will be sitting on the other side of the desk and then tries to treat people as he will wish to be treated on that day. He also reminds himself that if he ever loses the ability to empathize, he should find another line of work.

    Mike has served as the president of the Bixby Optimist Club and Bixby Chamber of Commerce. He is also planning to soon join the Rotary Club of Bixby. Mike is also an avid church-goer and has served in other community organizations and committees.

    Mike enjoys riding his bicycle and playing golf. He also enjoys the outdoors, but above all, his family is the most important thing to him.

    Pam earned her college degree in merchandising and uses that knowledge daily in running the funeral home. She recognizes that it needs to be a warm and welcoming place to gather friends and family during a difficult time.

    Mike and Pam live next door to the funeral home, so you can usually see Pam outside on warm days tending to the landscape or hanging lights for the holidays. Mike and Pam have two sons, Shane and Trey, who both graduated from Bixby Schools.

  • Cindy Foster

    Cindy Foster Funeral Director Apprectice / Office Manager

    A musician, Cindy also holds a degree in business and is currently a Funeral Director Apprentice and going to school to become a licensed funeral director. She is married to Chuck Foster and they have 3 children, Rachel and her husband Jason Boswell, Lindsey Foster and Jake Foster and his wife Kimberly. She also feels blessed to still have both of her parents, Dean & Gwena Westberry.

    Cindy started with Leonard & Marker Funeral Home in October of 1993. Over the years she has been a part of many life changing events both in her own life and in the lives of the families we serve. She credits God for allowing her to be in an occupation where she can make a difference in someone’s life during their darkest hour.

  • Stephanie Powell

    Stephanie Powell Family Service Counselor

    Stephanie Powell is our Family Service Advisor and works to educate our community and families on the importance and benefits of Advanced Funeral Planning. As a ministry wife, Stephanie has a heart for serving and caring for people. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and enjoyed a successful 18-year career in Mortgage Banking but was excited for a new opportunity to minister to families by making a career change and joining our team in September 2017. She also helps support and encourage families during and after loss of a loved one occurs. Stephanie has served her communities in many ways over the years by volunteering her time through the local chamber of commerce, churches, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, schools, food banks, etc. She enjoys ministry life with her husband Mark and they have 2 sons, Ty and Easton.

    After watching many families struggle with making arrangements when loss of a loved one has occured, Stephanie is passionate about educating individuals, families and communities on the importance of Advanced Funeral Planning. It truly is a gift of love for your family not to have the burden of planning a funeral when loss occurs.

  • Lacey Shipp

    Lacey Shipp Funeral Director

    Lacey is an Oklahoma native and a 2013 graduate of the Perkins-Tryon High School. She has many years of experience in the funeral service profession, and has been with Leonard & Marker Funeral Homes as a Licensed Funeral Director since 2019. For many years Lacey knew what career path she wanted to take. In 2015 she officially decided to follow her dreams by pursuing a career as a Funeral Director. She gained a position with a local funeral home, obtained her apprenticeship and earned her degree in mortuary science in 2019. Her sincerity and dedication is felt by every family Lacey has the opportunity to serve. In her free time, Lacey enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pugs, Walter and Wilson. You’ll often find her on the lake or river during the season. Lacey considers it an honor to serve.

  • Bill Havlik

    Bill Havlik

    Bill is a retired Postmaster that has been a vital part of the funeral home for the past several years. Whether he is working funeral services or visitations, maintaining the lawn or keeping the vehicles clean, his dedication is evident and very appreciated. He is married to Donann and they have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

  • Robbie Vendetti

    Robbie Vendetti Family Visitation Attendant

    Robbie Vendetti joined Marker Funeral Homes in September 2017. Her primary responsibility is Receptionist of our Jenks location; however, she also serves as our Family Visitation Attendant and works services for all three locations as needed.

    Robbie comes from many years’ experience in Facilities Security and is now able to use those skills, in addition to her compassionate heart for serving and helping others, as she ministers to families before, during and after the loss of a loved one.

    She and husband Grant attend First Baptist Church of Jenks where she manages hospitality volunteers for the church Coffee Bar, serves as a fitness instructor for REFIT® @ FBCJenks and volunteers for many other church activities. She also does community outreach by serving at a local women’s shelter.